Audio from 1974: Earliest circulated recording of Eddie Van Halen playing guitar

This is the earliest know recording of Eddie Van Halen playing guitar. He is basically noodling and working out ideas. Recorded at home (in his parent's house) in 1974, when he was only 19 years old! The genesis of "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" and other great ideas. The guitar playing ends at 7:16, and then you can hear a short recording of David, Eddie and Michael hanging out … [Read more...]

30 Classics from the Legendary Guitar God Guitar Tablature book

A new Van Halen guitar tablature book has just been released - 30 Classics from the Legendary Guitar God Price: $24.95 This book contains authentic TAB transcriptions of Eddie Van Halen's legendary guitar work. Titles: Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love And the Cradle Will Rock . . . Atomic Punk Beautiful Girls Cathedral Dance the Night Away Eruption Everybody Wants … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Eddie Van Halen: Wake-Up Video

From MTV: Band names are difficult. Some of them are naturally iconic and sound instantly classic, like U2, Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. Others sound legendary only because the bands transcended them (yesterday, Chris Jericho pointed out that Audioslave really doesn't work without those particular band members, and is there really a sillier band name than the Beatles?). … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Eddie

Today, January 26, 2010, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen celebrates his 55th birthday. We thank him and the band for all the wonderful music they've given us (over 100 songs!) and for touring the world no less than 14 times to play it for us. Here's a soundboard recording of Eddie, Alex & Michael jamming. This was probably recorded during a full-stage rehearsal for Van Halen's … [Read more...]

VH reference on No Reservations

There was a unexpected Van Halen reference on a recent episode of No Reservations. In 1989, Panama's military dictator, Manuel Noriega, fled from US troops during the US's invasion of Panama. A manhunt ensued. Eventually he was discovered hiding inside the Vatican embassy in Panama, and U.S. troops set up a perimeter outside the building. During the resulting stand-off, the … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Classic Albums That Accidentally Ruined Music

From Over the years, a select number of albums have changed music forever. These are the albums that affected listeners worldwide and completely flipped the game upside down. On the other hand, some of these same legendary works also unknowingly helped create some of the worst musical blunders we wish we could all forget. 10. Rage Against the Machine - Rage … [Read more...]

Chickenfoot update: More new album talk / soundboard recordings / new tablature book

Some good news for 'Foot fans today! SECOND ALBUM MENTION: First, at the 2010 NAMM show last weekend, Michael Anthony confirmed that Chickenfoot will indeed record another album: SOUNDBOARD GEMS: Here are two very special SOUNDBOARD recordings that most 'Foot fans have never heard - Chickenfoot covering "Going Down" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy." Soundboard recordings are … [Read more...]

Eddie Van Halen at NAMM; New EVH products coming in 2010


Eddie at NAMM, Jan. 14th 2010, with Scott Ian from Anthrax: From EVH Now Offering Wolfgang Pickups & Low-Friction Pots, Plus New Finishes Anaheim, CA (January 14, 2010) -- EVH is proud to introduce a pair of new products for 2010 and new finish options for the Wolfgang guitar model. New this year are EVH Wolfgang pickups, which capitalize on … [Read more...]

Paiste and Alex Van Halen team up to create Big Ride

Paiste 2002 Alex Van Halen 'Reverend Al's Big Ride' - 24" Ride Cymbal

PAISTE PRESS RELEASE: The renowned Swiss cymbal maker Paiste announces the 2010 Winter NAMM Show introduction of the 2002 24" Big Ride. This special Ride was created by Paiste's Sound Development team in collaboration with Alex Van Halen, who has inspired drummers over the world for more than two decades with his unique and instantly recognizable powerful and dynamic … [Read more...]

“Boyd’s Hauler” at Barrett-Jackson


1/18-24: Barrett-Jackson set to roll out auction extravaganza by Kellie Hwang - Jan. 11, 2010 03:25 PM The Arizona Republic More than 200,000 people from around the world will come together next week for the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Important cars up for auction are the 1930 Ford Model A Coupe used by infamous gangster John Dillinger and a Boyd's Hauler 1993 … [Read more...]