Details on his NAMM showing in a minute, but first, happy belated birthday to Eddie Van Halen, who turned 59 years old Sunday, born on January 26, 1955 in The Netherlands.

As reported on, Eddie was an unexpected attendee at the 2014 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) Convention in California on Wednesday.

Fans, of course, were thrilled when they spotted him, and he was gracious enough to pose for photos with some of them.

Last summer, he played at the Paso Robles, California State Fair, and wowed the crowd:

Meanwhile, it's hard to imagine Randy Rhoads being intimidated by anyone's talent, but apparently, he felt a twinge of frustration the first time he heard Eddie Van Halen play, according to Rhoads' biographer. Details at