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    by Published on 05-14-2014 09:30 PM


    How Van Halen Redefined Hard Rock Before it Even Existed

    By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)

    May 14, 2014 1:12 PM

    Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, makes a guest appearance during Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour concert in Irving, Texas, on Friday night, July 14, 1984. Van Halen, who is in town for his own concert Saturday night, joins in during Jackson’s hit “Beat It.” (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    In the early-to-mid-1970s, hard rock and heavy metal were still in their gestation periods as sub-genres. Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin helped plant the seeds with massive guitar riffs, punishing grooves, and dark subject matter, while the punk movement brought a bold attitude adjustment.

    But even those bands weren’t about fun so much as perilous adventure. Sabbath weaved murky tales of wizards, fairies, and war. Zeppelin peppered lyrics with Lord of the Rings references and indulged in Robert Plant’s fascination with mythology. And the Sex Pistols defied a monarchy and cried for social revolution.

    Then, along came Van Halen. Touting the most influential guitar player of his time in Eddie Van Halen, and a frontman that was equally dynamic on the stage and the microphone in David Lee Roth, they eschewed the hard rock aesthetics conceived by Sabbath and Zeppelin. Not that hard rock was in need of a change – or arguably even existed to that point in time – but Van Halen changed it nonetheless. And they did it with an unprecedented combination of musicianship and showmanship.

    The band’s first headlining tour, which rolled through Boston’s Orpheum Theater on May 14, 1979, was their American introduction and an astonishing kick in the ass to rock and roll that the genre didn’t know it needed.

    Van Halen’s arrival on the rock music scene was “the first real advent of the new face of hard rock,” said Mike Mullaney, music director at our sister station Mix 104.1 and longtime Van Halen devotee. If Sabbath and Zeppelin’s ear-splitting riffs and fantastical images were rough charcoal sketches of hard rock, Van Halen’s electrifying musical energy and fun-loving attitude were vibrant color portraits.

    Mullaney added that Eddie Van Halen’s transcendent guitar work played one of the biggest roles in hard rock’s shift from brooding to lively. Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi wrote (and continue to write) riffs like no other guitarists in history, but Eddie’s blistering chops and sprightly phrasing injected rock guitars with an unexpected shot of adrenaline.
    “Here’s the most important guitar player since Hendrix…Everyone was buzzing about the way he changed how the guitar sounded,” he said about Eddie’s innovative finger-tapping techniques and next-level shredding – in both solos and straight riffs. He displayed an extraordinary combo of dynamic skill and bombast in songs like “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”, “Unchained”, and of course, “Eruption”.

    As obviously great as Eddie was, he was still only part of Van Halen’s appeal. Frontman David Lee Roth also took rock vocals to new heights with his wailing five-octave vocal range and dizzying on-stage gymnastics.

    David Lee Roth, lead singer of the rock group Van Halen, sings during a concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 19, 1982. (AP Photo)

    “He is the only guy you could imagine to have the bravado to match the amazing musicianship going on.”
    - Mix 104.1 Music Director Mike Mullaney on David Lee Roth’s stage presence with Van Halen.
    Roth and the rest of the band’s relentless exuberance was a direct response to the “corporate rock” of the ’70s that dominated the radio and still gets regular time here on ZLX and on every other classic rock station, like Kansas, Boston, and R.E.O. Speedwagon. While these bands were very talented and had plenty of great songs, they just didn’t have the live energy to match. Even Robert Plant, while an amazing singer, still just kind of stood there and “looked pretty” when he performed.

    Mullaney saw Van Halen for the first time in 1980 on the “Women and Children First” tour, and staggered out of the arena in awe at the band’s live performance. Roth opened the show by leaping spread-eagle off the drum riser, and the energy never let up. Roth held everyone’s attention like a master of ceremonies, nailing all the high notes and kicking and strutting his way across the stage.

    “[Roth] is the only guy you could imagine to have the bravado to match the amazing musicianship going on,” said Mullaney. “Every guy wanted to be David Lee Roth and every woman wanted to be with David Lee Roth.”

    Roth and the band’s wild on-stage antics also translated off the stage. Mullaney described their aesthetic as “smiling metal”, focusing more on soaking in the California sunshine, tapping a keg of beer, and getting laid. The “hair metal” craze of the 1980s was a direct result of Van Halen’s striking persona, spawning the likes of Motley Crue and Poison.
    While they also put out a litany of hugely popular hard rock songs and performed with similar fervent intensity on stage, they still came off as imitators of what Van Halen and Roth brought to the scene, starting on their first tours in the late-’70s.

    “These guys [Van Halen] came out and they were fierce and bold,” said Mullaney. “It was incendiary.”
    by Published on 04-30-2014 08:30 AM
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    Van Halen Sophomore Effort Dances Onto Radio 35 Years Ago

    Eddie And Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony Recall Early Years InTheStudio

    Dallas, TX - April 29, 2014. North American syndicated ...
    by Published on 04-24-2014 08:55 AM


    On “Baptized,” the newest album by modern rock outfit Daughtry, there's a rollicking and raucous song called “Long Live Rock & Roll.”

    In it, the group's leader, 34-year-old Chris Daughtry, sings about many of the debates that rock fans of his generation still have about who's better: Elton John or Billy Joel; Motley Crue or Guns 'N Roses; The Beatles or the Rolling Stones.

    But it's a sarcastic jab that Daughtry makes at the expense of one of the biggest bands of the 1980s that is perhaps most memorable.

    “I think my favorite line in the entire song is the Van Halen/Van Hagar comparison,” Daughtry said with a laugh.

    “Of course, if you're going to be talking about Van Halen, you've got to be on the David Lee Roth end. Not to discredit Sammy (Hagar) as a singer — he's a fantastic singer — but it's just that when I think of Van Halen, I think of those classic Van Halen tunes with David Lee Roth.”

    I don't understand these lyrics, is he saying he's being forced to perform in this genre at gunpoint?

    Anyway have to appreciate yet another song referencing Roth v Hagar...
    by Published on 03-12-2014 06:07 PM


    Anthrax's Charlie Benante Sits Down with Korn's Ray Luzier

    The drummers discuss what it's like to be in a metal band when you're a father, analyze Anthrax's legacy in history of metal music and more in Episode 2 of 'Metalhead to Head'

    Korn and Anthrax are two bands that have long cemented their places in the legacy of metal music. The bands have been around for over 50 years combined–and on this episode of Metalhead to Head, the drummers from each act envelop themselves in a free-flowing conversation. Watch part one of this week's episode above and part two below!

    Luzier shows off his stick-twirling skills, Benante demonstrates some awesome fills on a drum pad and they discuss how drummers can enhance a show from the back of the stage. Luzier even reveals that the years he spent touring and recording with David Lee Roth heavily influenced his stage presence with Korn and the duo trade stories about how they can write and record when "everything revolves around [their children]."

    Thanks to Alison at FUSE for the link!

    More at http://www.fuse.tv/videos/2014/03/me...gn=scl|otr|tlc
    by Published on 12-14-2013 09:53 AM

    The Rhino collection that was put out recently had the old Dave TV special as part of the DVD, but that wasn't the version Dave had originally wanted to be part of that project.

    Dave also provided them with a version that had a commentary running underneath however someone from Rhino said "No" to that because of explicit language.

    We're not too concerned about such things here at RothArmy...

    by Published on 11-27-2013 12:09 AM
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    From http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/th...8334&tn=0&mr=0
    The Making of the Skyscraper Video

    Werner Braun Jun 17, 2005

    David Lee Roth hired Ron Kauk and me to help Galen Rowell do this album cover. His production people got him a horse to ride to half dome along with all of the other equipment for this shoot. David decided he wanted to walk and not ride his horse so I asked if I could ride it.
    by Published on 11-24-2013 10:04 PM

    I had only seen the first half of this before.

    Looking back a couple of things come to mind, that's a lot of mouths to feed and if it hadn't bombed we would never had got the DLR Band...

    by Published on 11-24-2013 07:34 PM

    Pretty cool video of Dave & Konishiki at some Sumo arena in Japan, watching fights, the real deal.
    Dave is great as always

    by Published on 11-07-2013 08:08 AM

    South Park creator has a history of knowing his shit in this area...

    by Published on 11-06-2013 07:01 PM

    Eddie guitar up for auction next month

    NEW YORK — Eddie Van Halen’s 1982 Kramer Frankenstrat is among items up for bid. The handmade, red-and-white guitar was used during Van Halen’s 1982-1983 Diver Down Tour and recording of its most successful album, “1984.”

    Van Halen’s signature is inscribed on the guitar’s neck. Its presale estimate is $100,000 to $150,000. Part of the proceeds will benefit guitarist Jason Becker, who has Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

    Here is the full listing.

    124. Eddie Van Halen’s 1982 Kramer “Frankenstrat” guitar used in live performances and in the studio. This 1982 Kramer “Frankenstrat” guitar was owned and played by the legendary Edward Van Halen during some of the most remarkable years of his career with Van Halen. This guitar was made in 1982 by master guitar builder Paul Unkert and represents one of the original 8 guitars built
    by Unkert under Kramer for Eddie Van Halen upon his signing with Kramer Guitar Company in 1982. Until the relationship with Kramer, Eddie played his own handbuilt “Frankenstein”, which was his attempt to combine the classic sound of a Gibson guitar with the physical attributes of a Fender guitar. The “Frankenstrat” takes its name from a combination of “Frankenstein” (whose creature was also made of various parts) and Stratocaster after the Fender electric guitar.

    The body is hand-painted in masked layers of white with red and black shapes on body and head stock. The natural wood neck was made ultra-thin to Van Halen’s specifications. The guitar was signed by Eddie on the headstock in 1984 during rehearsals for the “1984” tour at Zoetrope Studios.

    This particular guitar has been used in live performances for the “Diver Down Tour” 1982-1983 as well as in the recording studio in 1984 for one of Van Halen’s most successful albums, “1984,” which included the songs, “Jump”, “Panama”, “I’ll Wait” and “Hot for Teacher.” The “1984” release was the band’s last studio album featuring all the original band members. The guitar is accompanied by an LOA from Rudy Leiren, 10-year, veteran Van Halen guitar tech and longtime friend to Eddie, verifying the guitar’s authenticity and history with Eddie. Rudy states that it is very unusual for Eddie Van Halen to part with a guitar once he has used it for either live performance
    or recording. Also included is an LOA and video from the original guitar builder, Paul Unkert, who was in charge of building all artist guitars for Eddie Van Halen during the 1982 relationship between Eddie and Kramer Guitar Company. Unkert verifies that, with the exception of the string tree placed on the headstock behind the Floyd Rose nut clamp, and a missing aluminum strap button replaced with eyehooks (by either Eddie or his tech), every detail of the instrument’s condition coincides with when it was built in 1982. This guitar was recently featured in the book, The Guitar Collection: Solid Body ’54 Edition, Published by Epic Ink, 2011, which contains 150 of the world’s most famous guitars including those of Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and others. A portion of the proceeds from this lot will benefit guitarist Jason Becker and the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust to assist him and his family in his battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). An iconic and extremely well-documented guitar from a true virtuoso in the art. Special shipping
    arrangements will apply. $100,000 - $150,000

    Also listed in the auction is Eddie Van Halen handwritten musical notation to his iconic guitar solo “Eruption.”Eddie Van Halen handwritten musical notation to his iconic guitar solo “Eruption.”

    221. Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen handwritten signed music notation For “Eruption”. (1988) Notation signed on 10 x 13 in. printed music paper leaf. Under the title, “Eruption” Van Halen has handwritten musical notation for his song, in black ink, on the first and second staffs. Van Halen has noted in the upper left corner of the page, “First played at the Whiskey A Go-Go 1975”. Signed upper right, “Eddie Van Halen”. Dated,“July 20, 1988”. John Stix believes “Eruption” to be the most played, imitated and revered solo electric guitar piece in history. In fine condition.
    $4,000 - $6,000

    Other items on sale at the auction include

    Elvis Presley’s diamond & platinum wedding ring from his marriage to Priscilla.
    • Elvis Presley stage-worn ornate belt from his black “Conquistador” performance jumpsuit.
    • Bob Dylan handwritten lyrics for “I Want You” used as he was recording the song in 1966.
    • John Lennon vintage Beatles stage-worn D.A. Millings custom-made suit.
    • (6) Vintage color transparencies of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, sold with copyright.
    • Jim Morrison unpublished 100-page handwritten notebook from his last days in Paris, 1971.
    • Jim Morrison handwritten lyrics to The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” – the last song Morrison would record before his
    untimely death in 1971.
    • Jimi Hendrix signed bill dated July 29, 1969 to pay Gypsy Sun and Rainbows band mates who, 2 ½ weeks later, would play with
    Hendrix at Woodstock.
    • Robert Plant handwritten lyrics to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
    • Roger Waters handwritten lyrics, with artwork, for Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”
    • Joe Perry’s handwritten musical notation from Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”
    • Michael Jackson’s MTV “Moonman” award for Best Choreography for Thriller.
    • Michael Jackson original costume worn at the 1981 American Music Awards where he accepted two awards for his first solo
    album Off the Wall.
    • Whitney Houston signature “Queen of the Night” costume worn in the film The Bodyguard.

    The catalog is available from https://www.profilesinhistory.com/wp...9RRM-final.pdf