For instance, Sgt. Peppers was recorded by the Beatles before Jimi got huge, The White Album posted Jimi. You hear a lot more jamming and distorted guitars on the latter. Eric Clapton, The Who, and others also changed their sound after Jimi.
Anyone who ever picked up an electric guitar after 1978 has been directly or indirectly influenced by EVH. From a mechanical aspect or a technical aspect or a sonic aspect. He affected all of it. I’m not much of a Van Halen, the band, fan, but even I know how important his skills with a guitar were to music and how his riffs still ripple through the music industry today. I have a few people I’m going to have to comfort at home today, namely my Mom.