NEW YORK, NY—The worship band at Floodwaters Church reported that their attempt to “fix one of those wack old hymns” was successful, as the young group of talented musicians were able to smoothly incorporate Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption” guitar solo in between the third and fourth verses of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” at last Sunday’s church service.
According to people present, as the third verse faded out with the beautiful lyric “Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above,” the stage lights dimmed to a moody dark purple, and worship guitarist Ethan “Tomahawk” Hartford stepped to center stage, beginning the brutal riff as drummer Mick “Metronome” Curtis supported with the introductory cymbal bit.
But Hartford was flying solo from there on out, absolutely nailing the fast, intricate solo in order to lead people in praise of the Most High God.
“It was as if Eddie Van Halen himself descended upon the room in glory,” one still-trembling worshiper said after the service. “That was the most powerful time of worship I’ve experienced since seeing Halen at the Palladium in ’78.”
As Hartford’s final chord rang out, the band seamlessly built right back into the fourth verse of the classic hymn, allowing audience members to respond to the manifestation of the glory of the Lord they had just experienced.