An article about Eddie Van Halen’s early days in Van Halen, dated July 5, 2010 from Jas Obrecht’s website…
With the release of 1978’s self-titled Van Halen album, 23-year-old Eddie Van Halen rewrote the rules of rock guitar. His sheer speed, unusual note choices, inspired finger tapping and whammy work, and fiery tone inspired guitarists everywhere. His impact was especially felt among crotch-rock guitarists in big-name bands, who saw their dreams of becoming “the next Jimi Hendrix” blown away in the 1:42 it took to listen to “Eruption.” Within months, it was virtually impossible to go into a music store or listen to a garage band without hearing some guitarist doing a rough approximation of Eddie’s groundbreaking instrumental. While the band’s rise seemed meteoric, the musicians had, in fact, spent years perfecting their act.
In the Beginning . . .
Eddie Van Halen and his older brother Alex were born and raised in Holland. Their father, Jan Van Halen, was an accomplished clarinetist in big band and classical styles. At age six, Eddie began taking classical piano lessons from a strict Russian master who’d slap his knuckles with a ruler whenever he made a mistake. Read the rest of this entry »
Part 2 of a recent interview with David Lee Roth talking with bandmates Eddie and Alex.
An interesting, weird and entertaining “scrapbook” that Dave made for the DLR Army. Recorded over the previous year or so.
A review of the humorously titled 2nd album from supergroup Chickenfoot, by Matthew Wilkening from the Ultimate Classic Rock website, Sept. 2, 2011…
True to lead singer Sammy Hagar’s recent promises, Chickenfoot’s new album III finds the rock supergroup expanding their sound considerably beyond the range of their slightly awkward self-titled 2009 debut.
Of course there’s a fair share of Zeppelin-inspired stomp to be had on III, but the band also tries out a few surprisingly direct heartland-style rock songs, as well as a sultry, R&B-influenced bedtime come-on, during the record’s compact 45-minute running time.
Not everything fits together perfectly, but an impressive amount of the material connects in a very strong manner, and it’s clear that the time the band spent touring together in support of their first album has resulted in a much more cohesive sense of chemistry.
For one thing, who knew Joe Satriani could be this much fun, or fit so well into a band dynamic? Every minute you turn around on this record, the instrumental guitar whiz is up to something creative that legitimately Read the rest of this entry »
Part 1 of a recent interview of Dave asking Eddie and Alex about their childhood and musical upbringing. Very interesting!