Couple Ends Up In Jail After Slash Vs. Eddie Van Halen Argument

We all know that music discussions can heat up pretty easy. But for one couple from Ohio, it even required a police intervention.

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We all know that music discussions can heat up pretty easy. But for one couple from Ohio, it even required a police intervention. An unnamed couple tuned their argument over the greatest guitarist of all time into a raging debate with the girlfriend screaming for Eddie Van Halen, while her boyfriend was yelling for another iconic '80s axeman - Slash from Guns N' Roses. The raging couple apparently went completely out of control, as the staff from the local Motel 6 in which they stayed in was forced to call the Brook Park police who calmed them down and made them stay quiet. But the story doesn't end here.

After running their names through a database the police had discovered they both have rather 'outstanding warrants' in other cities, the Sun News reports. Therefore, the couple was arrested and handed over to the local police station.

We believe there is a lesson to be learned here. But we want to know about your own music discussions.

Have you ever had a similar conversation that led into a raging debate like this one? And who would you pick Slash or Eddie Van Halen? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    WhoAMEye
    I killed a man in Memphis because he said Johnny Cash was rubbish
    tallica83x91
    I shot a man in Reno... just to watch him die
    BjarnedeGraaf
    I shot the sherrif.... but I didn't shoot the deputy.
    the_thief
    I once popped a cop cause he wasn't giving my props in Oak town. I've heard that somewhere.
    AndreSwizRock
    what seems to be the officer problem?
    bastards
    FUCK THE POLICE COMIN' STRAIGHT OUT THE UNDAGROUND
    rolandroi
    LOL Out of frustration, i once threw a top on my cousin's head when we were arguing about who's the best teletubbies member.
    Danjo's Guitar
    Story: People go to jail arguing over guitarists. Response: People start arguing over guitarists. I think this could end badly...
    Burkz
    Eddie Van Halen
    sonofgkex
    Honestly tho, It's apples to oranges. Eddie's style is totally distinct from Slash's. Other than belonging in a similar genre at a similar time the two could not be more different.
    UncleBluck
    NO....itmightgetquiet is right....Slash is very good but Eddie is a guitar god, an innovator, & other than Jimi Hendrix the most important person in rock guitar history
    foxytabber
    You fail to mention how much of an innovator Jimmy Page is, not necessarily on the technical skill side of things, but the advances and innovations he has made in the art of producing. Music would be alot different without Pagey.
    sonofgkex
    I actually thing that Eddy is the best ever. bar none, but to say that he is "better" is too general a statement without any justification. Slash is one of the best guitarists as far as composing emotional solos and great riffs, and Jimi is the most inventive guitarist ever. I just think that Eddy strikes a perfect balance between compositional brilliance, live performance, improvisation, and technical skill. Could he out-play Jimi live? No. Does he play faster than Dime? No. His balance of skills ate just the most appealing for me. That doesn't mean I dismiss any of the others. Bottom line, your opinion on who is the "best" has to be an aggregate of factors, and each person will value each aspect of playing differently.
    Shadow201
    Eddie Van Halen will mop the floor with slash. Slash is good, but all his solos sound the same.
    karstaag666
    I prefer Slash over Van Halen but gotta admit that Van Halen is more technical. Think I prefer how Slash's solo work follows the rhythm of the songs more than Van Halen does.
    Abacus11
    "...the staff from the local Motel 6 in which they stayed..." And by "stayed" they totally didn't mean "lived". These were NOT meth heads living at a Motel 6 people, promise. Normal couples argue about Slash and Eddie Van Halen until the cops are called. That "happens all the time". I sure hope this couple breeds...
    skik08
    Eddie is more talented than slash. But in my opinion slash writes more catchy riffs and better songs. I think the majority would rather listen to GNR, snakepit and his new stuff
    solidrevolver19
    Eddie Van Halen. Slash is overrated.
    rightfoot
    No way!! They're both the perfect guitarist for for each band. Slash does his thing and he's nasty at it. Eddie does his thing and he's nasty at it. I'll probably never see Slash finger tap, and I'll probably never see Eddie rock a talk box. Slash is more bluesy, Eddie's more Cali surfer style. It's just whatever floats your boat. But Slash is not overrated.
    purplexing
    seeing as how Van Halen revolutionized guitar playing, and slash didn't, the answer should be obvious.
    Skullivan
    Not that I disagree with you (between Slash and EVH), but how much influence one is to others shouldn't be a determining factor in a "better guitarist." I could argue that Guthrie Govan is better than EVH but has influenced a lot less. But I'm not going to.
    PeppermintChild
    now eddie van halen and slash need to get in a fight about which member of the couple is better...
    MrDo0m
    They deserve each other. Near-perfect timing with Valentine's Day around the corner. My valentine is a bottle of Crown Royal.
    jsp16
    They're both obviously good but nobody compares to Lil' Wayne
    kiba56
    The one who said Eddie van halen probably got released.... I mean come on Eddie is way better than slash...
    tuggyt
    The answer is clearly Jimmy Page
    ruker
    Yeah if you started listening to music yesterday... and yesterday was 2-10-1969.
    tuggyt
    If you're trying to tell me Eddie Van Halen or Slash are better than Jimmy Page I'm not even going to bother replying. I thought Eddie and Slash were the coolest musicians ever and then I turned 15.
    Dimarzio45
    They're both great guitarists. I like one more than the other. But, I'm not gonna be 'that guy'.
    kratos379
    I really would not pick either of them as best guitarist of all time. They each are very talented on guitar and have written some good songs, but there are a lot of better guitarists out there, who write much better music. The cops should have hit them over the head and told them that Jimi Hendrix was better.
    third(-)eye
    From a technicality standpoint, Val Halen wins easily. He consistently overplays, though, so I personally prefer Slash stylistically.
    GenerationKILL
    IMO Eddie Van Halen is clearly the innovator here, and if thats the basis of "great" guitar playing, then I would say hes better then Slash. In 1976 when Van Halen released their first album, a whole new generation of kids began emulating his sound. Him, Randy Rhoads, Scheneker, and Uli Roth practically kick started the neo classical-technical-shred sound on their own. It was later popularized and solidified as a genre by Joe Satriani with "surfing with the alien" Van Halen's influence is unmistakable and heard literally in everything even now, his closest modern protege could be Mathew Bellamy from Muse, don't believe me? Watch some live Muse and their two guitar styles are practically identical. Other guitar players from that time might've been experimenting with what Eddie was doing, but nobody refined and popularized it like he did. Not known for his technicality, his playing style was mostly due to his tone, which people are still scratching their heads over, trying to replicate. Sure Ritchie Blackmore and even Mick Ronson, David Bowie's guitarist were getting similar sounds out of their set ups, but nobody pulled it off like Eddie did. By contrast, Slash was more formally schooled in music and the debate about whether that kills originality or creativity in anything artistic still rages. People like to compare Slash as an amalgamation of Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, or maybe even Joe Perry from Aerosmith, who hes said is his biggest influence. Slash is definitely one of the best "blues based" rock guitarists, who has knack for writing killer riffs and solos, but in terms of originality and influence, Van Halen will always have him trumped. For anyone who also says Slash wrote better Riffs, I invite them to listed to "mean streets" "Panama" "Unchained" or even "D.O.A." By Van Halen. Infact, "unchained" can easily be known as the "coolest" sounding riff ever made. ...And now you know
    rabidgoon
    You'd have to be an idiot to think slash is a better guitarists than EVH, and I say this as someone who would rarely, if ever, throw on a Van Halen album, but I like GNR.
    zakku27
    I think he noticed Colgate as your icon and made a reference to the bronies being banned on 4chan.
    WholeLottaIzzy
    They ain't got shit on Keith Richards.
    RegularMexicola
    Jack White vs Josh Homme Discuss.
    third(-)eye
    Josh Homme, absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt. How about one that actually requires thought, like: David Gilmour vs Robert Fripp.
    chrisa94
    Gilmour, I don't think anything I ever listen to can surpass the second solo on Comfortably Numb, though Shine On You Crazy Diamond comes pretty close...
    Don't Ask
    I'll have to go Fripp on this one. I mean, Gilmour's playing is fantastic and all, but Fripp strikes me as more creative. I'm really into the super-progressive, dissonant stuff that Fripp plays, although that might not be for everyone. For me, he's the guitarist of choice. Thereby not necessarily the better.
    LightxGrenade
    I honestly think that's a way more interesting debate than arguing over who can shred or play the craziest solos.
    ruker
    Didn't read the article, just assumed (read: hoped) the couple was jailed for arguing Slash or EVH could be considered the greatest.
    animemetalhead
    The couple ended up in jail because of outstanding warrants. Nice misleading title UG -.- Not a lying title at all, just very misleading.
    rockerwannabe
    I just watched an interview with Slash and Myles Kennedy and Slash said in earnest that Myles is a better guitar player than him. I whole heartedly agree.
    vidorando
    slash isnt overrated!!!! Eddie wishes he could give soooo many master riffs to the world as Slash did.
    hidd4n
    Don't underestimate how many of GNR's riffs were actually written by Izzy
    Dimarzio45
    At least EVH appreciates his fans. Slash can suck his own dick alone in the corner for all I care.
    anvil is god
    This is news how?
    Meta1H3ad
    How hasn't a mod banned you yet? i'm curious
    anvil is god
    Why should I be banned for expressing my opinions? I haven't done anything wrong.
    zakku27
    I think Meta1H3ad noticed Colgate as your icon and made a reference to the brony bans on 4chan a couple of years ago.