WATCH: “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” – Sugarloaf ’74 vs Van Halen ’75

05/07/2018

I had intended to just find a great LIVE version of Sugarloaf’s quirky 1974 hit, “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” but about all I could find was a recording of Sugarloaf’s album version (nice, but not the same as a LIVE performance) and surprisingly, a recording less than a year later of a bootleg tape of one of Van Halen’s early concerts also singing the song! Obviously David Lee…

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WATCH: Synth Sounds of Van Halen’s “Jump” – What Makes It Special?

04/23/2018

Van Halen has always been know as a “guitar group” but how unmistakable is the opening synthesizer portion of “Jump?” I mean, you could “name that tune” after the first chord, couldn’t you? William Kurk not onl takes you through ALL the tips and tricks VH used to create this unique sound, but how to play it yourself, if you so desire. Here’s more from his article at Reverb.com: Given…

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WATCH: What Makes This Song Great? Van Halen’s “Running With the Devil” – Rick Beato

04/19/2018

Have you ever wanted to understand what really makes a great song? What it takes to put everything together just right to get that incredible sound? I’ve wanted a number of this guy’s videos and Rick Beato is the real deal!  Here’s more from his Facebook page biography: Rick Beato is a musician, teacher, and father of three. Rick has worked as a writer/producer with various bands in the rock…

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WATCH: Van Halen’s first TV concert footage – Nov. 24, 1979 – Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert

03/23/2018

Back in 1979, before there was an MTV, Van Halen was getting some radio airplay for “Dance the Night Away” but wasn’t really making headway with any of their new material.  So, on May 18 of that year, Warner Brothers filmed the band performing three songs, “Dance the Night Away,” “You’re No Good,” and “Bottoms Up!” which ultimately was shown on the popular Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert television during the November…

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WATCH: 6-Year-Old Drummer Covers “Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen

03/14/2018

Wait, what? Yup, you read that correctly. We have video of a 6–year-old doing a drum cover of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” and he’s really, really good!  Here’s more from the YouTube description: Avery “Drummer” Molek is young growing musician. He started playing drums at age 2. He now loves to play everything: classic, rock, jazz, metal and progressive music. Avery also plays bass, guitar & piano. Maybe they…

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WATCH: Van Halen Lost Footage From Early Concert – January 28, 1978 – Fresno, California

02/11/2018

We’re still doing research, but this appears to be some of the earliest “watchable” video of Van Halen in concert, early in 1978, just before their debut album, Van Halen, dropped. Yes, there is other footage that claims to be older, but it’s mostly ghostly images that are hard to make out … and even harder to listen to. Kids these days don’t realize how hard it was to sneak…

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LISTEN: Van Halen’s Debut Album from 1978 – Full Recording

02/11/2018

Van Halen’s self-titled debut studio album was released on February 10, 1978, and peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200. The album became widely owned as the band’s popularity grew, eventually going on to sell more than ten million copies in the United States. By August 7, 1996 and Van Halen was certified Diamond. One of only six rock bands to release two RIAA Diamond status albums, Van Halen…

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WATCH: Van Halen ‘Everybody Wants Some’ – LIVE Largo, MD on October 12, 1982

01/16/2018

“Everybody Wants Some!!” is the second track off Van Halen’s 1980 album Women and Children First. Despite not being a big song on the radio, it’s one of the band’s most popular songs, and started as a concert highlight during Van Halen’s early concerts, as you can see from this video take in October of 1982 in Largo, Maryland. It also features heavily, as the title would imply, in the…

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WATCH: Van Halen – ‘Running With the Devil’ LIVE @ the 1983 US Festival

01/08/2018

‘Running With the Devil’ has to be one of the heartiest songs ever from Van Halen. According to one reviewer, the song kicked off the band’s first album “.. with all the subtlety of a fist upside the head” and that pretty much sums it up. RWD is known for it’s pounding bass/drum/guitar combination, as well as David Lee Roth’s almost painful screams It also proved that lead guitarist  and…

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