Author Andrew Bennett’s new book “Eruption in the Canyon: 212 Days & Nights With the Genius of Eddie Van Halen” chronicles his time spent in the studio with rock icons Van Halen between 2004 and 2007. The memoir features several anecdotes taken directly from Eddie himself, including a story involving the legendary guitarist pulling a gun on Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.
Ultimate Rock Classics writes that the trouble — as told to Bennett by Van Halen — all started in 2001 when a record executive suggested Van Halen and Durst work together. Bennett claims that Durst responded, “That would be hilarious. The greatest guitar player ever plays with the worst band ever,” as Van Halen chimed in, “F–k it, let’s jam.”
The initial jam session didn’t go exactly as planned, as Eddie up and left — without his equipment — once Durst and his guests began smoking marijuana, telling Bennett, “It was like being a scholar amongst kindergartners.”
Eddie claims he repeatedly reached out to Durst in an effort to recover his property. After making several ignored calls, he hopped in an assault vehicle purchased at a military auction and drove on over to Durst’s home.
“Eddie drove that assault vehicle through LA, into Beverly Hills, then parked and left it running on the front lawn of the house Limp Bizkit was rehearsing in. He got out wearing no shirt, his hair in a Samurai bun on top of his head, his jeans held up with a strand of rope and combat boots held together by duct tape. And he had a gun in his hand.”
“That assh–e answered the door,” Van Halen told Bennett, according to the book. “I put my gun to that stupid f–king red hat of his, and I said, ‘Where’s my s–t, motherf–ker?’ That f–king guy just turned to one of his employees and starts yelling at him to grab my s–t.”
According to the tome, Van Halen stood on the lawn, smoking a cigarette with the gun pointed at Durst as his equipment was loaded into the vehicle.
It’s also worth noting that the band Van Halen was unhappy with the results of Bennett’s filming at the time, taking him to court in 2018 to stop him from releasing a planned documentary, TMZ reports.
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