Van Halen kicked off their 2015 summer tour in Seattle last night, July 5. Their set, which you can check out below, was full of tunes that haven’t been played live in decades—or ever. In fact, they started off with “Light Up the Sky” from 1979's Van Halen II. It hasn’t been performed in 35 years.
Over the weekend, Sammy Hagar responded to a few claims made by Eddie Van Halen in a new Billboard interview. Hagar was particularly upset with Van Halen’s statements about former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.
In the summer of 1986, Guitar Center opened a mammoth music store on Sunset Boulevard in the center of Hollywood. Eddie Van Halen and Les Paul were being honored along with several other musical giants, including Stevie Wonder and amp builder Jim Marshall, as part of the store’s opening celebration. It seemed natural to take the opportunity to put Ed and Les together in the same room to talk about what they knew best—playing the guitar. The following is an excerpt from the story that originally appeared in the November 1986 edition of Guitar World.
I'd like to address a very meat-and-potatoes bit of info that very rarely gets mentioned. Who should I emulate to be a session guitarist? The answers and the reasons for each may very well surprise you. You might assume you know how to play like these guys, but, until you really try it, you do not know how!
It has now been about seven and a half years since Van Halen played its first shows in 2007 with David Lee Roth back as the band’s frontman once again, and finally the band has fulfilled the wishes of fans who have longed for years to hear a live album with Roth singing the group’s classic material.
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