A friend sent me this article/video yesterday, and just had to share it — both because of my obsession with all things Van Halen, but also cause my oldest son seems to share my enthusiasm.
This 6-year-old kid makes the drums in Hot for Teacher look so easy — which they aren’t. This kid total has the double-bass drum down too. Eat your heart out Alex (and Wolfgang) Van Halen. Pretty cool!
I knew about a lot of these, but had no idea on some of these Van Halen references in film over the year. Some my favorite moments in film are in here from films like Back to the Future, Airheads, Superbad and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Pretty cool video compilation of them all. Love it!
Here’s a new interview from just the other day in Rolling Stone with Mr. Non Sequitur himself, making a lot of sense, and not pulling any punches.
I never thought I’d feel bad for David Lee Roth, but this new interview shows Roth wants to be making new music and touring in new places. As former members Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone have all alluded to, the Van Halen brothers — specifically Ed are strange and a bit of questionable to motivate to keep on music.
It’s really sad, as a fan of all incarnations of the band.
It’s no secret I’m a huge Van Halen fan, whether it’s Hagar or Roth era — always have been. Always will be. While Hagar is a better Musician and less of an ego-manic, Roth is the ultimate frontman.
And with that being said, with Van Halen on hiatus while Eddie recovers from surgery, Roth finds interesting ways to fill in time and entertain the masses. The latest is the online “Roth Show”, Roth’s self-produced piece available on YouTube, as well as through Podcast catches (including iTunes)
Watch any interview, and the guy is a mile-a-minute non sequitur after non sequitur. The Roth Show is no different. The most recent though was gem — talking about how he prepped for the latest tours, and then concludes with him giving a little retrospective on his career post-1984, analyzing the “Just a Gigolo” music video. I’ve watched it multiple times now, and found it really entertaining and humourous — more so than I usually do with a lot of his ramblings.
I’m quite the Van Halen fan to say the least — doesn’t matter: Dave, Sammy or even Gary. I’m pretty much a fan of everything this band does. I’ve got more useless trivia and information bouncing around in my head about the band, and its individual members.
Aside from the newest coming out of the current incarnation of the recent recording and touring of the “A Different Kind of Truth” album, it’s rare when I read anything new — stories that are anything more than rehash. But lately, there have been several little tidbits, including Van Halen interacting with The Wilson Sisters and Peter Framtpon.
Then came this writeup on the classic “1984″ cut, “Hot for Teacher,” which itself had some interesting stories regarding the recording of the track:
Nice article over on the Van Halen News Desk. When is a band no longer the original band? Van Halen has always been at the forefront of this, cycling through three different lead singers and two bass players. They may get a pass a bit though when 3/4 of the current incarnation of the band all have the last name of “Van Halen.”
Love all the examples of other bands with changing members. I also had no clue that Phil Collins filled in for the late John Bonham during Farm Aid. To the YouTubes!