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Did You Read the Esquire EVH Piece Yet?

Did You Read the Esquire EVH Piece Yet?

We’re going to have to wait yet another week for the interview with Kevin Holbrook of YMI5150 guitars because we have yet another newsworthy event. This time it’s the recent Esquire interview with Edward Van Halen. Now before you EVH fans get to getting your hopes up, let’s bear in mind the same ol’s: 1. […]

April 20, 2012 | By | 8 Replies More
Show ‘Review': Van Halen at the Garden

Show ‘Review': Van Halen at the Garden

Took my 10-year-old son to see Van Halen at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 1. I think he was more excited to see them than I was – not that I wasn’t, but this was the mighty Van Halen whose tunes the both of us have copped, jammed to and listened […]

March 8, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Thoughts On Van Halen’s New One

Thoughts On Van Halen’s New One

Been listening to Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth over and over and over for a while now. Couple reasons: 1. It’s great, and I’m a teenager again (minus a bunch o’ hair), running up to my room to put 1984 on the turntable. 2. Sometime after X listens (X = 1,000? 10,000?) things […]

February 23, 2012 | By | 8 Replies More
New VH Kicks A** Big-Time!

New VH Kicks A** Big-Time!

So everyone’s asking me, “Where the F is your review of the new Van Halen?” And I’m like, “I’m workin’ on it, man!” One reason it took a little bit is I wanted to catch up with Pete Thorn to get his comments on the tracks. If you haven’t heard of him, Pete is an […]

February 10, 2012 | By | 9 Replies More
Here’s the New VH Single/Vid: 50w?

Here’s the New VH Single/Vid: 50w?

Update from a reader (thanks!): Tattoo is is based on an old song, “Down in Flames” – check it below. “Tattoo.” Is it me or have we never heard a Van Halen tune like this before? If Ed used his “grail” Marshall Super Lead on this album, don’t think we’re hearing it on this tune! […]

January 10, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Breaking Down the VH NYC Debut

Breaking Down the VH NYC Debut

She’s the Woman! Cafe Wha – yeah man! Couldn’t wrangle my son and I an invite, so instead awaited the sure-to-follow YouTube vids. Fingers were crossed that the band would play some new tunes, though had to admit that didn’t make much sense since they hadn’t even released a tune yet. Anyhow, here’s what we […]

January 9, 2012 | By | Reply More
‘You Really Got Me’ and the Slashed Speaker

‘You Really Got Me’ and the Slashed Speaker

You may have heard the story about how Dave Davies slashed, or allegedly slashed, the speaker cone of his amp to get a buzzier, raspier tone in the Kinks tune “You Really Got Me.” Well, he did – but I challenge you to actually hear it. First, here’s the story (from here, an interview with […]

April 14, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
New VH: What Do You Want to Hear?

New VH: What Do You Want to Hear?

Here’s My List! My 8-year-old son makes me listen to only Van Halen and Led Zep in the car (he’s a good kid!), so to keep it interesting I started to pick out some highlights of Dave-era VH albums – and wondered, wouldn’t it be cool to have some of these things on the new […]

August 24, 2010 | By | 20 Replies More
Ronnie Montrose’s ‘Rock Candy’ Tone…

Ronnie Montrose’s ‘Rock Candy’ Tone…

…and Three Van Halen Connections Montrose, the 1973 self-titled debut album by the band of the same name, is one of those tone-pillar albums – “a pillar of tone that holds up the house of rock” (or pick a different metaphor). It likewise stands on its own as a monument of great tunes and great […]

February 17, 2010 | By | 8 Replies More
Three VH-Related Vids: Page/Les, Ed ’83, Unchained ’81

Three VH-Related Vids: Page/Les, Ed ’83, Unchained ’81

We’re finally seeing sun here in Jersey for the first time in about 15 years, so it’s inspired a “head into the weekend with Van Halen” post. It’s Friday – I’ll keep it light. Three vids: the first a short convo between Jimmy Page and Les Paul in which they discuss EVH; then a KILLER […]

June 12, 2009 | By | Reply More
Plant on Zep Tour, EVH on DLR

Plant on Zep Tour, EVH on DLR

Plus some of EVH’s standard fibbing! Quick tidbits, starting with Robert Plant on not wanting to the the Zep reunion — via a radio interview you can listen to here:

February 5, 2009 | By | Reply More
‘Chickenfoot’ Update

‘Chickenfoot’ Update

Back in early October, Billboard.com published an update on the Satriani-Hagar-Anthony-Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilis) “supergroup” that at least for now is titled Chickenfoot. Since I missed it then, hear are some highlights of that article now (all quotes are from Satch):

November 24, 2008 | By | Reply More
No New VH for a While?

No New VH for a While?

Although the music machine named Edward Van Halen is never not creating more and more music (put it out! sell it online!), it does appear that the much-hoped-for new VH album with DLR won’t be happening anytime soon — and I feel obligated to say given the in/out nature of the band, “if it happens […]

November 14, 2008 | By | Reply More
Hagar, Anthony, Chad Smith and…

Hagar, Anthony, Chad Smith and…

If you missed the issue of Guitar player with Slash on the cover, you missed an interview with Joe Satriani about his new CD — which I will get into later. It’s a decent interview, but the one thing that jumped out at me in screamin’ freakin’ neon is that Satch is jamming with Sammy […]

May 20, 2008 | By | Reply More