One of the greatest debut albums in rock history turns forty and we convene the original band members Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony to recall those halcyon days marauding like Vandal hordes from Pasadena to Hollywood’s Sunset Strip forty years ago, resulting in Van Halen containing “Runnin’ With the […]
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Yet by 1982’s “Diver Down” , Van Halen had become a series of contradictions , and are equaled only by Pink Floyd as the longest-running soap opera in rock …(more)
The upside/ downside comparison of Van Halen‘s April 1981 album Fair Warning can probably explain why it is easily the band’s most overlooked effort in the original David Lee Roth era. Pro: Fair Warning is the most Eddie Van Halen-dominated album until the mega-hit 1984. Con: as AllMusic.com‘s Stephen Thomas Erlewine nails it,”Fair Warning was […]
In 1985,the shock of David Lee Roth’s announcement that he was leaving the lead singer slot of America’s most popular band ,Van Halen, was equaled (but not eclipsed)by the band’s announcement that multi-platinum rocker Sammy Hagar had agreed to fill the role.How did that musical merger happen?…(more)
To truly comprehend just how massively popular this album was, it helps if you actually write it out numerically: 12,000,000 copies of Van Halen‘s sixth album, 1984 , were sold in the U.S. alone in the three decades since it was released. Propelled by Van Halen’s very first #1 hit “Jump”, three million of those […]
Though Rolling Stone magazine ranked Disraeli Gears at #114 album of all time, the key numbers for Cream’s quicksilver career are startlingly single digits: years together- 3 ; albums released- 4; number of reunion albums/ tours in the fifty years since – 1. In this classic rock interview marking Cream’s Disraeli Gears 50th anniversary, Cream […]
When I casually run the list in my head of the most significant debut albums in rock history (The Doors, Are You Experienced, Please Please Me, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin 1, Boston, Chicago Transit Authority, Appetite for Destruction, My Generation, Never Mind the Bollocks, Mr Tambourine Man, The Ramones ) invariably I forget to include Can’t […]
Classic rock interviews with the late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, plus original Montrose singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar who takes a personal look back at the first Montrose album, widely cited by members of Van Halen to Def Leppard as the missing link in the evolution of hard rock. That album and the follow-up, Paper Money , have […]
Happy birthday Sam the Man ( 13th ) !
One of the most unlikely reunions in rock history wrapped up May 6 2005 when Cream performed the final of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.