Van Halen- OU812- Alex & Eddie, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony

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 returning for his second round with America’s most popular hard rock band then, 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   containing “Black and Blue“; “Feels So Good“( suffering under a dated ’80s keyboard arrangement and begging now for a revisit); “AFU” (fabulous guitar licks from Eddie Van Halen, reminding me why we hold the younger Van Halen sibling in such high regard ); “When It’s Love“; “Cabo Wabo“;”Finish What You’ve Started”, and “Mine All Mine“. –Redbeard