David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony

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.

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