VAN HALEN, 1979 | BIG IN JAPAN! (OSAKA)

Van Halen in Osaka Castle Park, Osaka, September 1979. (Photo by Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Images)

The year was 1979, and Van Halen was taking over the FM radio airwaves across the country. The world had never seen a band this badass. A true party band that defined stadium rock, good times, and well… chasing babes. I was 9 yo so babes were not yet in my sites, and music videos weren’t even around yet. You had the album, lyrics sheet, and what you could read about in a music magazine. I never even saw these photos of Van Halen rollerskating in Osaka, Japan until 30 yrs later… Mind blown.

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“THE SMILING PARKING METER” | BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND | NJ, 1978

“THE SMILING PARKING METER” PHOTO (c) FRANK STEFANKO (CAMDEN, NJ 1978)

“That was outside of Shellow’s Luncheonette. I lined them up against this white wall, and everybody was just cracking up at that time. Bruce was telling some jokes, Steven Van Zandt was rolling his eyes, and every time Steven was rolling his eyes, Bruce would crack up. It was a spontaneous and contagious laugh fest that was going on. We could not keep straight…

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