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RIP Eddie Van Halen, dead at 65


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4 minutes ago, gump said:
11 minutes ago, zamboni said:

A bit of an overreaction, but leave it to David Crosby to start a firestorm:

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/david-crosby-eddie-van-halen-tweet/

He’s always been an arrogant d-bag.

That he has.

This thread is about Eddie, but I do recommend the Crosby documentary Remember My Name  (produced by Cameron Crowe). You do get to see other sides of him that's are more self-deprecating and remorseful.

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4 hours ago, gump said:

2 weeks later, still listen to the XM Tribute Channel every time I'm in the car and on my morning bike rides...loving it, especially the guest DJs telling EVH stories or giving song insights.

I haven’t stopped listening to VH either.   Really listening to Eddie daily has me appreciating him more than ever.  

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5 hours ago, gump said:

2 weeks later, still listen to the XM Tribute Channel every time I'm in the car and on my morning bike rides...loving it, especially the guest DJs telling EVH stories or giving song insights.

Yeah me too.  And one cool thing has been my discovery of their 2012 album.  I hadn't listened to it at all and its pretty damn good.  I mean DLR's voice is mush, but Eddie's playing could be from 1978 it sounds so good.

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Steve Perry of Journey fame mentioned today that after Dave left and before Sammy was in the picture that EVH gave  Perry an open invitation to come in to sing and play. Apparently they had a lot of mutual admiration for each other. According to Perry, he gave it some thought and ultimately decided he wouldn’t be the right singer to replace DLR (in addition to not being the right voice to sing Dave songs). So he never followed through. I have a hard time envisioning his voice singing on Dave songs, just like I can’t picture him singing 5150 songs. 

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15 hours ago, Anarchy99 said:

Steve Perry of Journey fame mentioned today that after Dave left and before Sammy was in the picture that EVH gave  Perry an open invitation to come in to sing and play. Apparently they had a lot of mutual admiration for each other. According to Perry, he gave it some thought and ultimately decided he wouldn’t be the right singer to replace DLR (in addition to not being the right voice to sing Dave songs). So he never followed through. I have a hard time envisioning his voice singing on Dave songs, just like I can’t picture him singing 5150 songs. 

Agree on the DLR songs. I would have loved to see what a Steve Perry/EVH collaboration on new music would have sounded like though. 

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50 minutes ago, Skipdog77 said:
16 hours ago, Anarchy99 said:

Steve Perry of Journey fame mentioned today that after Dave left and before Sammy was in the picture that EVH gave  Perry an open invitation to come in to sing and play. Apparently they had a lot of mutual admiration for each other. According to Perry, he gave it some thought and ultimately decided he wouldn’t be the right singer to replace DLR (in addition to not being the right voice to sing Dave songs). So he never followed through. I have a hard time envisioning his voice singing on Dave songs, just like I can’t picture him singing 5150 songs. 

Agree on the DLR songs. I would have loved to see what a Steve Perry/EVH collaboration on new music would have sounded like though. 

Neil Schon might be a step down from EVH, but a much smaller step down than people might realize. I think "Van Perry" -- still with Michael Anthony's harmonies and EVH's keys replacing Jonathan Cain's -- would've sounded A LOT like early-80s Journey just with a different style of guitar work. And Alex Van Halen was usually a more "out front" drummer than Steve Smith.

Van Perry on songs like "City of the Angels", "The Party's Over", and "Stone in Love" would rock.

EDIT: Also, Perry would've immediately indulged EVH's incorporation of synths -- no creative differences there like there were with Roth.

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23 hours ago, Anarchy99 said:

Steve Perry of Journey fame mentioned today that after Dave left and before Sammy was in the picture that EVH gave  Perry an open invitation to come in to sing and play. Apparently they had a lot of mutual admiration for each other. According to Perry, he gave it some thought and ultimately decided he wouldn’t be the right singer to replace DLR (in addition to not being the right voice to sing Dave songs). So he never followed through. I have a hard time envisioning his voice singing on Dave songs, just like I can’t picture him singing 5150 songs. 

Eddie had also reached out to Daryl Hall and Patty Smyth. Maybe others too.

http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/daryl-hall-joining-van-halen/

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On 11/16/2020 at 6:38 PM, Skipdog77 said:

Wolfgang Van Halen's debut single, released in honor of his Dad. Great tune, nice work by the young man.  Played all the instruments and sang himself.  I dig his vocals. 

Mammoth WVH - "Distance"

p.s.  keep some tissues handy.  :cry:

Really like the song and the video is amazing

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Thought this was the best place to post this. I am rediscovering my record collection and put on Van Halen's first album yesterday. I was looking at the album cover and under "Special Thanks" on the back I see Gene Simmons!!

So, I Google and see that Gene says he discovered VH, signed them to a deal with his production company and produced a bunch of demo tracks with them in 1976 that have never been released. I also saw that Gene recruited Eddie and Alex to play on a "Christine Sixteen" demo and some other songs he was working on. Ace Frehley wasn't thrilled to have to recreate some of Eddie's guitar work.

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4 minutes ago, northern exposure said:

Thought this was the best place to post this. I am rediscovering my record collection and put on Van Halen's first album yesterday. I was looking at the album cover and under "Special Thanks" on the back I see Gene Simmons!!

So, I Google and see that Gene says he discovered VH, signed them to a deal with his production company and produced a bunch of demo tracks with them in 1976 that have never been released. I also saw that Gene recruited Eddie and Alex to play on a "Christine Sixteen" demo and some other songs he was working on. Ace Frehley wasn't thrilled to have to recreate some of Eddie's guitar work.

 

Not to break your balls but...

 

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26 minutes ago, northern exposure said:

🤷‍♂️  if this was common knowledge, it was news to me. I am used to Simmons' huge ego and hearing him blathering on about all of his accomplishments. But, I wasn't aware of this one.

I’m 100% with you on this one especially for the quotes section. 

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The demo tracks from '76 are readily available if you google. Some of them were reworked for A Different Kind of Truth.

Also, DLR was just dropped as Kiss's opening act and Gene said some messed up things about Dave being washed up. DLR gave Gene the finger 18 times and Gene apologized, said he was taken out of context. So mini-feud 45 years later lol.

 

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2 hours ago, northern exposure said:

🤷‍♂️  if this was common knowledge, it was news to me. I am used to Simmons' huge ego and hearing him blathering on about all of his accomplishments. But, I wasn't aware of this one.

Isn’t the rest of the story that the rest of KISS basically told Gene to drop the producing and focus on the band?

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10 minutes ago, foxco said:

The demo tracks from '76 are readily available if you google. Some of them were reworked for A Different Kind of Truth.

Also, DLR was just dropped as Kiss's opening act and Gene said some messed up things about Dave being washed up. DLR gave Gene the finger 18 times and Gene apologized, said he was taken out of context. So mini-feud 45 years later lol.

 

I also saw an article where DLR said he thought Gene was trying to recruit Eddie for KISS back around the time of the demos, but he put an end to it.

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3 hours ago, northern exposure said:

Thought this was the best place to post this. I am rediscovering my record collection and put on Van Halen's first album yesterday. I was looking at the album cover and under "Special Thanks" on the back I see Gene Simmons!!

So, I Google and see that Gene says he discovered VH, signed them to a deal with his production company and produced a bunch of demo tracks with them in 1976 that have never been released. I also saw that Gene recruited Eddie and Alex to play on a "Christine Sixteen" demo and some other songs he was working on. Ace Frehley wasn't thrilled to have to recreate some of Eddie's guitar work.

Warner Brothers Demo - Part 1Warner Brothers Demos - Part 2Zero Demos

Those should keep you busy for awhile.

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