The editors of Guitar World have compiled a new book dedicated to one of the greatest rock bands the U.S. has ever produced: Van Halen. The book, Van Halen: 40 Years of the Great American Rock Band, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen and Sammy Hagar.
"Running With the Devil" began the career of one of rock's most enduring bands with quite a bang. As the lead-off track on Van Halen's diamond selling, self-titled 1978 debut album, it made quite the impression.
Friday night, June 20, Foo Fighters took the stage at the Firefly Festival stage in Dover, Delaware, and surprised the crowd by playing a rocking collection of covers. “We’re gonna do something we’ve never done before," Dave Grohl said. "For the next 20 minutes, we’re a bar band called the Holy S-–s that plays classic rock songs.”
In this month's issue of Guitar World, we pay tribute to the high-flying genius of Pete Townshend by taking a look back at the Who's most creative — and most volatile — years. Townshend is also the latest guitar hero to be voted into our Hall of Fame in our annual readers poll, joining the likes of Kirk Hammett, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other six-string legends.
Thirty-five years ago last week, on March 25, 1979, Van Halen kicked off their first headlining tour following the release of their second album, Van Halen II. Their first world tour took place a year earlier, when they opened for Journey and Black Sabbath.