For the 40th anniversary of Van Halen “II”, Eddie & Alex Van Halen plus Michael Anthony In The Studio.
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It has been thirty summers passed since OU812 by Van Halen topped the US sales chart, and more than twenty since we last shared this time capsule of an interview featuring Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and returning for his second round with America’s most popular hard rock band then, Sammy Hagar. But a […]
The four original members of Van Halen, guitarist/songwriter Eddie Van Halen, big brother drummer Alex Van Halen, lead singer/lyricist David Lee Roth, and ex-bass player/backing vocalist Michael Anthony are all unanimous in this classic rock interview in their recollections of their unaided efforts before signing their record deal and releasing that now-legendary debut, Van Halen, […]
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, and the late Ginger Baker as one of rock’s three greatest drummers along with The Who’s Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, the key numbers for Cream’s quicksilver career are startlingly single digits: years together- 3 ; albums released- 4; number […]
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 ) !