Fans around the world are mourning the passing of Eddie Van Halen, 65, who died Tuesday after a long battle with throat cancer. Different fans are mourning him in different ways, and that includes Bill & Ted Face the Music co-writer Ed Solomon.
Solomon, who co-wrote both of the original movies and the brand new Bill & Ted Face the Music took to Twitter to talk about trying to get the legendary guitarist in the movie.
“Super sad to hear about the passing of Eddie Van Halen. He was a big influence on Chris and me as we were writing ‘Bill & Ted.’ In fact, when director Stephen Herek was reading the script he got three pages in, stopped, put on ‘1984’ and resumed. We wanted the movie to be a cinematic ‘Jump,'” Solomon said. “We tried to get him to do something–anything–in ‘Face the Music,’ but they said he was unavailable and wouldn’t tell us why. Sadly, I think I know now.”