I still remember the first time I heard Van Halen. I was in grade school, and Mom got a baby-sitter — it was a Friday night. As soon as Mom and Stepdad clear the corner, all the (cute) baby-sitter’s friends (with feathered hair and Goody combs hangin’ out their back pockets) show up to drink our booze, blast our stereo, and even smoke a little somethin’. It was a party, and it was a smokin’ good time — as far as Friday nights for a little kid go.
The Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Bob Seger were usually on heavy rotation at home around that time — but all that changed that night. Some hip Senior brought a copy of Van Halen I, and I was blown away. This was no burner music — these guys were on fire. I heard friggin’ Ice Cream Man for the first time. Right? David Lee Roth on acoustic — did you even know he could play? Well yeah, it was before he became a girl — running around in tights, doing the splits and feeling his ass the whole show.
Van Halen started out as a tight band that laid it down hard. No one could touch ’em. Not even close. Goes without saying — Eddie Van Halen, well, was the guitar god in a world all by himself. There’s been no one like him since. Yep. Old Van Halen is still my guilty pleasure. A little Unchained will get anyone’s blood pumpin’ — or they ain’t alive. Everybody Up!
Guitar God Eddie Van Halen — David Lee Roth, the ultimate showman
Eddie Van Halen Guitar God — The ultimate showman David Lee Roth