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Hear Van Halen Cover the Who and Black Sabbath in 1978

Van Halen were touring behind their self-titled debut album when they played their first show in Paris in May 1978. The group performed at the Theatre Mogador, where they played cuts from their album, along with a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Symptom of the Universe” and Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” which they knew from the Who’s Live at Leeds album.

The concert also saw Van Halen perform “Voodoo Queen,” a song that would later be transformed into “Mean Street” for 1981’s Fair Warning album.

The entire set list, with song times, is below.

1. On Fire 0:00
2. I’m the One 3:24
3. Bass Solo 7:53
4. Runnin’ With The Devi 9:18
5. Feel Your Love Tonight 13:25
6. Atomic Punk 16:50
7. Little Dreamer 20:35
8. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love 24:08
9. Voodoo Queen 28:03 (Unreleased)
10. Ice Cream Man 33:26
11. Guitar Solo 38:24
12. You Really Got Me 42:22
13. D.O.A. 45:42
14. Summertime Blues 50:00
15. Symptom of the Universe 53:40 (Black Sabbath instrumental cover)
16. Bottoms Up! 55:42

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.