The guitar tone freak at WoodyTone wrote a list of the type of sounds he’d love to hear on a new Van Halen album. Check out his list below and chime in by posting a comment telling what types of sounds YOU would like to hear from Eddie and the boys!
New VH: What Do You Want to Hear?
Here’s My List!
My 8-year-old son makes me listen to only Van Halen and Led Zep in the car (he’s a good kid!), so to keep it interesting I started to pick out some highlights of Dave-era VH albums – and wondered, wouldn’t it be cool to have some of these things on the new VH album. So here they are in album order. Chime in below with what you’d dig.
I’m the One speed
FAST boogie-type riff, almost unbelievably fast. Can Ed still fly at this speed with those 54-year-old muscles and fingers? Even though he kinda struggled with this tune on the last tour, I’m voting yes.
Runnin’- and Ain’t Talkin’-type simple solos
Solos that are simple, memorable, not real fast. Ed’s note choices are so out of the norm that these are real interesting. He’d kind of moved on from this after the first album, be nice to hear some of it again.
Dance the Night Away mass appeal
Everyone knows this song – everyone of a certain age, that is. How about another feel-good, California sunshine, fun, almost-poppy tune like this. Fun to play too.
Outta Love Again drums
SICK drumming. Go Al! Let’s see more of it! (Also one of my favorite guitar solos ever.)
Light Up the Sky tough-to-sing-over tune
Whenever someone tells me Sammy is a better singer than Dave, my response is, “Maybe so, but Dave can sing over anything.” How would you like to come up with melodies to sing over early VH riffs? This is a prime example. So how ’bout a kick-a** riff that most mortals could not sing over?
[Women and Children First note – This isn’t a favorite album for a lot of folks, but it is for me. Just some crazy playing, great variety – sort-of-blues taken to the maximum level.]
Cradle Will Rock simplicity
A relatively simple tune with a great pounding groove.
Loss of Control speed
Wow! The whole band gets an F1 for this.
Take Your Whiskey Home
Can there be a sicker rock-blues tune? Getting chills just thinking about it….
In a Simple Rhyme drums
Another example of Al’s immense riffing musicality, just like his bro. More, Al!
Read the rest of WoodyTone’s list HERE.