Oooooooooohhhh, you're so hip and artsy, can I touch you?
Honestly not trying to imply my "path" on the guitar was any better than anyone elses -- just trying to clarify that when the EVH thing "blew up" in '78-79, I was 10,000% not on-board with that craze. I didn't "get it" then, and i still don't.
But that's just me; fiercely independent, anti-lemming and march to the beat of my own drummer.
No doubt some great players bore out of the whole Eddie thing though; Vita Bratta, Nuno, Reb Beach ... the list goes on....