'Sea of Thieves' Devs Release Pirate-Themed Tribute Song To Eddie Van Halen
Rare, the developer of the massively multiplayer adventure game Sea of Thieves, recorded a pirate-themed cover of 'Jump' by Van Halen, in tribute to lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
Earlier this week, the loss of the legendary musician rocked the industry, with an outpouring of grief from fans from all over the world. In a tribute posted to Twitter, his son Wolfgang said that "every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift." Van Halen had battled bouts of poor health in the past, and was undergoing treatment for throat cancer at the time of his death.
As an icon of hard rock and heavy metal history, many have shown their love and appreciation for the man behind the music with artwork, photographs, memorials, and their treasured ticket stubs from gigs. However, in a surprising yet wonderful announcement, Rare has recorded and released a cover of Van Halen's 'Jump' in Sea of Thieves to honour his memory.
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Commending his "talent and fun-loving spirit," the studio explained that Van Halen has had a "huge influence" on a lot of the employees at Rare, both "past and present." Music is an important part of the community in Sea of Thieves, too, with the ability to play a number of songs across a number of instruments and harmonise with fellow sea dogs. Using a concertina to replicate the famous guitar solo, a gravelly pirate warbles the lyrics as the sun rises and sets on the waves.
It's lovely, isn't it? And, it's entirely out of the blue from Rare. It would be splendid to see this cover added to the roster of songs available in the game, but it would likely involve a lot of back and forth between whoever has the rights for 'Jump'. In any event, it's nice to listen to it as a simple but sweet tribute to the guitarist and his legacy.
In 1983, Van Halen built the 5150 Studio where he experimented and recorded new songs. As constructing a studio in his home would have been subject to strict zoning laws, he used the excuse of a "racquetball court" as a cover to circumvent these requirements. When the city inspector pointed out the odd thickness of the walls for soundproofing purposes, he said, "Man, you must really worry about your neighbours." Van Halen replied: "Yeah, you know, I play late at night and I hit the ball really hard."
Following his passing, his family members will be exploring the 5150 Studio vaults for unreleased songs. Perhaps, we'll hear new pirate-themed covers of Van Halen songs, immortalising his impact on music in a virtual world.
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