It was July 23rd, 1978 when rock journalist Jas Obrecht was assigned to cover the Day on the Green Concert in Oakland, California. Just a month before, Jas had his mind blown when his editor dropped the needle on a brand-new revolutionary instrumental track called “Eruption”. On this day in the summer of ’78, Jas would get to meet the man behind that jaw-dropping sound he heard – Eddie Van Halen.
Recently, Jas released the complete audio of his interview in HD via his YouTube channel “Talking Guitar: Jas Obrecht’s Music Magazine”. You can hear all 31-plus minutes of the interview below, including Jas’s introduction where he tells the story behind what Eddie later called “My first interview”.