.

Exclusive: Eddie Van Halen Recovering After Hand Surgery

July 23, 2009 3:02 PM ET

Eddie Van Halen is said to be on the mend after undergoing surgery to treat increasing pain in his left hand.

"During the last leg of our tour, I started developing pain in my thumb and my pinky. I didn't think much of it at the time," the guitarist says. "It got progressively worse to the point that about three months ago I wasn't able to play at all. My pinky and my thumb were totally locked up and felt like there was something broken."

Van Halen sought out specialists in Düsseldorf, Germany, who initially began treating the guitarist for arthritis, but soon discovered a bone spur, twisted tendon and a cyst in the joint of his left thumb.

"They said the only way to fix it was surgery, which of course scared the shit out of me, but I was told it was the only way to fix it," Van Halen says. "Surgery was a success, now I just have to let it heal. I am totally jazzed that they found the problem, fixed it and in about four months my hand will feel like I am 18 again. Thank God."

(Check out photos of Eddie's history with Van Halen)

Van Halen is said to be recovering nicely, having already regained his reach and full spread of his hand. He's said to be taking his recovery slowly, however, to insure he heals properly. His rehabilitation should be complete in 4-6 months.

"In the meantime I am able to write a bit, but can not overexert my hand because it needs to heal properly," the guitarist says.

His stitches come out in a few days, and he's confident he'll be able to play at maximum intensity when he completes his recovery.

Related Stories
Eddie Van Halen, Janie Liszewski Married in California
Eddie Van Halen Sues Nike Over Guitar’s Signature Color Scheme
"Guitar Hero: Van Halen" Nixes Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com