Jas Obrecht got hired in 1978 to write for Guitar Player magazine. For his first assignment, he was sent to a huge music festival at the Oakland Coliseum Stadium, known as Bill Graham’s “Day On The Green,” to interview Canadian musician Pat Travers. But as rock musicians sometimes do, Travers sent him away without an interview. So Obrecht stayed backstage and played basketball – with Eddie Van Halen.
Sure, many people have interviewed Eddie Van Halen — but Obrecht was the first.
Jas tells the story below.
1978 Day On The Green lineup: Aerosmith, Foreigner, Pat Travers, Van Halen, AC/DC. date: July 23, 1978. Attendance: 57,512. Photos from Van Halen’s blistering set: