Guitarist Vito Bratta, best known for his work with hard rock band White Lion, recently opened up about his emotional encounter with the late guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Bratta told Rolling Stone about the encounter that took place in the late 1980s.
Bratta said he was a big fan of Van Halen's music and had always been inspired by his guitar playing.So when the opportunity arose to meet the man in person, Bratta jumped at the chance. .
"I was nervous as hell," said Bratta. "I couldn't believe I got to meet Eddie Van Halen in person."
The meeting took place at a New York City music store signed by Van Halen. Bratta waited in line with other fans, but when it was his turn to meet the guitarist, he was thrilled.
"I don't know what hit me," said Bratta. "I just started crying. Eddie looked at me and knew exactly what was going on. He puts his arms around me and says, "It's okay. I know how you feel.'"
Bratta said meeting him was like a dream come true for him, and Van Halen's kindness and understanding left a lasting impression.
"I was so touched that I had to leave the room, go to the bathroom and cry," Bratta said. I will always miss you."
Van Halen, who passed away in 2020, is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and his influence can be seen in the work of countless musicians. For his part, Bratta remains a revered figure in the world of rock guitar, and his work with White Lion continues to be loved by fans around the world.