"I was shocked by how good Eddie was… no-one had seen anybody playing outside of the box like that": a first-hand account of Van Halen's early backyard shows

Eddie Van Halen
(Image credit: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

Earlier this year, Faber announced its upcoming Paul Brannigan-authored Eddie Van Halen biography, Eruption (UK) / Unchained (US)  – a literary piece that seeks to trace the life of the late electric guitar legend from his birth in Amsterdam all the way to his meteoric rise to guitar world stardom.

Below is a Guitar World-exclusive extract from the biography, which finds Mark Kendall – guitarist for hard-rock band Great White – recount Van Halen's formative early years gigs, and recall how the up-and-coming guitarist took his hometown of Pasadena by storm.

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