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RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby CubinNY » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:01 pm

One of the greatest ever. He died of cancer.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby David » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:06 pm

I am extremely bummed about this. I've been listening to Van Halen since I was in diapers thanks to my older brothers and he was a major reason I ever picked up a guitar (not that I can do anything but fake my way through maybe 2 of their songs).

I was literally down an EVH YouTube wormhole just yesterday, too. WTF.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby Banedon » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:11 pm

Yeah I posted in the music thread but he deserves his own thread for sure.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby 17 Seconds » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:28 pm

best guitarist of all time. he is the reason I started playing. he just made the instrument look/sound so fun at all times.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby David » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:56 pm

a few of my favorites...









and not to leave hagar out...









i am, however, gonna go ahead and skip the gary cherone album.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby David » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:02 pm

minnesotacubsfan wrote:I'm much more old school VH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-IUB62zDlA


i could've included a couple vh and vh2 songs but i was already in too deep.

fair warning was their best album.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby cl smooth » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:06 pm

Love behind the scenes stories regarding songs or albums:
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby jersey cubs fan » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:16 pm

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minnesotacubsfan wrote:I'm much more old school VH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-IUB62zDlA


i could've included a couple vh and vh2 songs but i was already in too deep.

fair warning was their best album.

not for unlawful carnal knowledge?
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby David » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:19 pm

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minnesotacubsfan wrote:I'm much more old school VH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-IUB62zDlA


i could've included a couple vh and vh2 songs but i was already in too deep.

fair warning was their best album.

not for unlawful carnal knowledge?


i actually do like that album a lot (especially his tone - the guitar and drums, for that matter, sound huge) but the hagar era gets so much flack that i am not even sure if you're being sarcastic right now

but i'm leaning yes lol

sonically, balance and for unlawful carnal knowledge sounded so good. i would have loved to have heard the DLR era albums with that more modern production quality. not that they don't sound great as is.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby minnesotacubsfan » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:32 pm

David wrote:
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David wrote:
i could've included a couple vh and vh2 songs but i was already in too deep.

fair warning was their best album.

not for unlawful carnal knowledge?


i actually do like that album a lot (especially his tone - the guitar and drums, for that matter, sound huge) but the hagar era gets so much flack that i am not even sure if you're being sarcastic right now

but i'm leaning yes lol

sonically, balance and for unlawful carnal knowledge sounded so good. i would have loved to have heard the DLR era albums with that more modern production quality. not that they don't sound great as is.


from start to finish VH is by far my favorite. I love that album, I like DLR more as the lead vocal and I also enjoy the garage-y sound of their early albums.

I'm just not a Sammy Hagar fan either
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby 17 Seconds » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:36 pm

5150 is an awesome hagar album
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby David » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:39 pm

17 Seconds wrote:5150 is an awesome hagar album


i just wish alex wouldn't have ruined it with those terrible 80s electronic drums

live without a net was painfully 80s cheesy, but you could tell they were having so much fun. eddie was able to do a lot more musically with hagar's vocals. and they both played guitar for a few songs and it worked well. there's also this performance from before they had put anything out that was pretty cool.

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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby 17 Seconds » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:51 pm

i don't mind the synth drums and other 80s cheese they went overboard on because it gives you a real sense of the era and time that it came out. it's kind of like rush. a lot of people who liked rush in the 70s never came around on their 80s sound, but for someone who is listening to an entire discography decades after the fact, it provides a fun change of pace.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby David » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:58 pm

17 Seconds wrote:i don't mind the synth drums and other 80s cheese they went overboard on because it gives you a real sense of the era and time that it came out. it's kind of like rush. a lot of people who liked rush in the 70s never came around on their 80s sound, but for someone who is listening to an entire discography decades after the fact, it provides a fun change of pace.


yeah, i don't hate most of it. i certainly am a fan of both eras. i just think some of those songs sounded better when they performed them in the 90s.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby NOLA » Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:57 pm

17 Seconds wrote:5150 is an awesome hagar album

Oh god no.

EDIT: sorry for the drive-by. I’m 48 and grew up with the Diver Down, Fair Warning VH. 1984 was fine and I almost threw up in my mouth the first time I saw the Dreams video with the Blue Angels footage. Not a Van Hagar fan, but then, I’m lame.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby 17 Seconds » Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:00 pm

NOLA wrote:
17 Seconds wrote:5150 is an awesome hagar album

Oh god no.


the title track is one of his best riffs

also, it has one of the best/worst lines in music history: "only time will tell if we stand the test of time"
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby NOLA » Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:05 pm

I remember EVH recalling David Lee Roth’s quote during the making of Jump!.

“Nobody’s paying to listen to you playing a MFing synthesizer.”
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby Soul » Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:50 pm

Cancer sucks.

Eddie, along with a select few others, made me want to play guitar, something I have done for over 3 decades since. It shifted my tastes from pop to hard rock / heavy metal. It drove me from the Midwest to the West coast. Without Eddie I probably just go straight to college after high school.

What still amazes me is the tone and purity of those early albums. There weren’t a lot of overdubs. He did those recordings largely start to finish, amp cranked, a few echo / reverb effects but nothing like what many bands were doing. To me there’s still an element of mystery to his sound from the first albums, like polished but raw at the same time. Almost paradoxical.

One of my favorite VH stories is that Gene Simmons tried to get them a record deal but his manager or one of the record execs said he just didn’t see the commercial potential.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby jersey cubs fan » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:15 am

David wrote:
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David wrote:
i could've included a couple vh and vh2 songs but i was already in too deep.

fair warning was their best album.

not for unlawful carnal knowledge?


i actually do like that album a lot (especially his tone - the guitar and drums, for that matter, sound huge) but the hagar era gets so much flack that i am not even sure if you're being sarcastic right now

but i'm leaning yes lol

sonically, balance and for unlawful carnal knowledge sounded so good. i would have loved to have heard the DLR era albums with that more modern production quality. not that they don't sound great as is.

I was joking, because, I mean come on. Even high school freshman mr thought that was a bit much. Absolutely loved VH though. Eddie was the best.
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby David » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:31 am

fun fact: that judgement day song i posted was written for terminator 2, but they decided to go with you could be mine by my other favorite rock band (slash guitarist - pun absolutely intended) gnr
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Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

Postby David » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:33 am

17 Seconds wrote:https://twitter.com/docadam/status/1313577289280446464


on one hand this story is insanely amazing and ridiculous. on the other, it bums me out, bc eddie was in a very bad place at that point in his life.
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