Eddie Van Halen [Photo: Mike Coppola/FilmMagic]Eddie Van Halen got his love for music from his father -- and also his introduction to alcohol. That's what the rock musician reveals in a profile in Esquire magazine by David Curcurito. The lead guitarist for the hard-rock band Van Halen also talks about battling alcoholism, what it's like for him to write his first album sober, and bringing along his son on tour with the band.
The rocker was a natural, but painfully shy. At the age of 12, to help him overcome his stage fright, Van Halen, who got his start playing with his dad, admits, his father introduced him to alcohol. "It wasn't really the partying. ... I don't mean to blame my dad, but when I started playing in front of people, I'd get so damn nervous. I asked him, 'Dad, how do you do it?' That's when he handed me the cigarette and the drink. And I go, 'Oh, this is good! It works!' For so long, it really did work. And I certainly didn't do it to party. I would do blow and I would drink, and then I would go to my room and write music."Read More »from Eddie Van Halen Reveals That Drinking Came From Dad