The story behind this live performance by Van Halen of “Poundcake” in the streets of downtown Dallas in December 1991 gets filed under Urban Legends that are actually true.
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It always seemed that the Van Halen 1980 third album, “Women and Children First” , suffered from “middle child syndrome”. David Lee Roth, bass player/ harmony singer Michael Anthony, drummer Alex Van Halen, and fretmeister Eddie Van Halen remind us of a time four decades ago when Van Halen was establishing itself as America’s premiere hard rock band with songs “And the Cradle Will Rock” and “Everybody Wants Some!”.
For Van Halen “II”, Eddie & Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, plus Michael Anthony In The Studio.
“OU812” by Van Halen topped the US sales chart in Summer 1988, captured like a Polaroid snapshot in this time capsule of an interview featuring Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar. A lot of tequila has run under the bridge since then, but even thirty year old mescal can’t alter the fact that these guys were having too much fun then, fans were selling out football stadiums coast to coast and gobbling up more than 4,000,000 copies of “OU812″…
before signing their record deal and releasing that now-legendary debut, just like countless other bands before and since, for five lean yearsthe band members of Van Halen papered fliers on every public blank space from Pasadena California to Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, promoting themselves while humping their own equipment.
Van Halen’s April 1981 album “Fair Warning” is easily the band’s most overlooked effort in the original David Lee Roth era; the most Eddie Van Halen-dominated album until the mega-hit “1984”.
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, first appearing on Van Halen’s “5150”. How did that musical merger happen?…(more)
Already America’s most popular hard rock band prior to its release, “1984” propelled Van Halen with innovative guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen, drummer brother Alex, bass player and unmistakable harmony singer Michael Anthony, and showman extraordinaire David Lee Roth into the stratosphere of rock’s elite.
David Lee Roth “Crazy from the Heat” interview In the Studio with Redbeard
In 1967, nothing sounded quite like the songs on Cream’s “Disraeli Gears”: “Strange Brew”,”Sunshine of Your Love” (rivaled only by “Purple Haze” that same year as the most subversive single to ever penetrate Top 40 radio ); the elegant romantic falsetto of “Dance the Night Away”; and the psychedelic lyrics of “Tales of Brave Ulysses” absolutely mesmerized me with each repeated playing.