I also was not a rabid Van Halen fan growing up but I definitely respected his playing. He started an entire generation of guitar players who copied his style. I was hoping that they would get back together with Roth. I would have paid to see that band. RIP.
I never knew he did the guitar solo on Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'. Lasted all of twenty seconds but took 30 minutes to record and was done for free as a favour to Quincy Jones the producer: https://www.cnn.com/2012/11/30/showbiz/music/van-halen-jackson-thriller/index.html Van Halen: I'll never forget when Tower Records was still open over here in Sherman Oaks. I was buying something, and "Beat It" was playing over the store sound system. The solo comes on, and I hear these kids in front of me going, "Listen to this guy trying to sound like Eddie Van Halen." I tapped him on the shoulder and said, "That IS me!" That was hilarious.