Master Builder Chip Ellis: ‘Eddie Van Halen Expects Perfection’


In a new video, EVH Master Builder Chip Ellis gives a quick rundown on the features of the new custom-built Wolfgang USA Tour Relic Replica. Limited to a 20-piece run., the guitar is an exact replica of the aged-looking Ivory Wolfgang USA guitar that Eddie Van Halen played onstage during Van Halen’s 2015 tour. Ellis also shares what it’s like to work so closely with the … [Read more...]

David Lee Roth Ponders Van Halen’s Future


In the new episode of The Roth Show released last night, David Lee Roth briefly addresses Van Halen's possible future. "It's not like my career path is gonna be altered — I sort of know what the next ten summers are going to bring. Eddie Van Halen aside — those are ups and downs — I don't know when we're going to tour but I have a sense that we will. I don't know that we're … [Read more...]

Audio: Van Halen Live in Hanley, England May 23, 1978


On this day in 1978, Van Halen played Victoria Hall in Hanley, England. Luckily for us, a great sounding audio recording exists! (Listen below) This was during Van Halen's first world tour. They were thrilled to be opening for the legendary Black Sabbath. "The Sabs," as they called them, were part of their musical youth. To share the stage with them was like a dream come … [Read more...]

Audio: Van Halen Live in Manchester, England May 22, 1978

Van Halen Live in Manchester, England May 22, 1978

On this day in 1978, Van Halen played the Manchester Apollo in Manchester, England May 22, 1978. Listen to this GREAT sounding audio recording of the entire concert, below. VHND reader, Paul Wilkinson adds, "I'm local to Manchester and have heard a few stories about this gig. The best one is that no one had really heard of VH and a lot of Sabbath fans were up in the bar … [Read more...]

Guitar Tone: Hands Vs. Gear


Photo by John Lill Photography In a new article for Premier Guitar, guitarist Pete Thorn uses Van Halen guitarist and pioneer Eddie Van Halen as an example as he debates whether guitar tone comes from the player's gear, the player's hands, or both. Here's an excerpt: It’s an often-debated subject on guitar forums. Someone will start a discussion thread with a polarizing … [Read more...]

Van Halen’s Conquers Paris, ’78 – Covers Black Sabbath & The Who


This week in 1978, Van Halen performed in Paris, France, for the first time. We have a funny story about their trip to Paris, some rarely seen photos of the band posing by the Eiffel Tower, and an audio recording of their entire concert at the Theatre Mogador, where they perform "Voodoo Queen," (an early form of "Mean Street"), Eddie Chochran's "Summertime Blues," (also know … [Read more...]

Video: Larry King Interviews David Lee Roth


CNN just uploaded an interview Larry King did with David Lee Roth back in 1986, just as Eat 'Em And Smile was being released. This interview hasn't been available on YouTube or in collector's circles as far as we can tell, so it's probably the first time a lot of us will see this. Dave talks about why he left Van Halen, why he's interesting in being on the Big Screen, and … [Read more...]

Eddie Van Halen at George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic (Photos)


Eddie Van Halen attended the 9th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit held by the George Lopez Foundation on Monday, May 2nd at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, CA. Ed obviously had a great time, as you can see in several photos, below. The mission of the George Lopez Foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and … [Read more...]