By Anthony Donatelli
Eddie Van Halen is making sure we have a new generation of rock stars.
He recently donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a nonprofit that helps keep music alive in low-income public schools.
“Music is such a necessity because it touches people’s souls,” Van Halen told CNN. “Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything.”
Van Halen’s passion for music began as a child. He learned to play piano at the age of six and formed a band with his brother, Alex, in the fourth grade, eventually leading him to be one of the greatest guitarists of all-time.
“My whole life has been music,” Van Halen said. “I could not imagine anything else. It really hit me when I graduated high school, you sign everybody’s yearbook and everybody asks you, ‘So what college are you going to?’ Uh… ‘Hey Al, I think we better stick to what we know.'”