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Watch Los Rios Rock School Students Recreate Van Halen's First Album

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Los Rios Rock School)

The intrepid young students at the Los Rios Rock School were recently taken by the folks over at Produce Like a Pro to Sunset Sound, the studio where—among many other classics—Van Halen's self-titled debut was recorded. There, the youngsters recreated the album in its entirety, down to the last detail, in a single day.

The students were given the exact same equipment—the same mics, console and even the same reverb chamber—that the band used to create their iconic debut four decades ago.

Below, you can watch one of the more mind-blowing aspects of the recording, the note-for-note recreation of Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption" solo.

Two 13 (!!) year-olds—Will Weiss and Julia Lane—were tasked with the solo, and, as you can see, had little difficulty nailing it in one take.

For more info on the Los Rios Rock School, you can stop by its website.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.