Beginnings

Posted by Gregoire on April 30, 2015

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We always say looking back at childhood, or as parents of grown children, or grown children who have parents but who are about to have their own children, "I wish I did things differently." First, let's not even start with how genuinely unproductive and stupid regret is BUT had I listened to more Joe Pass, Augustin Barrios Mangoré, and Chick Corea and less of Van Halen, Zeppelin, and the various incarnations of Whitesnake my musical path may have taken a different turn sooner.

My love for Van Halen turned into an affair with Steve Vai. I knew that Steve was Frank Zappa's stunt guitarist but when I found out that he and Dave Roth formed the nucleus of the post-Van Halen quartet in the day room of the Hollywood police department I couldn't be bothered.

So here is the challenge. Once you press play on the vid'jos below you have to watch the whole thing. You can't say anything about how you can't take it or some such thing. Ready?

How'd you do? I couldn't do it. But then I watch the old videos from back in their heydey and they were stupendous. Just fun rock & roll, non?

I wonder if the modern day, cognizant Van Halen concert goer/historian looks on to the stage with the same sort of amusement and amazement that Dave Letterman did while interviewing Bill O'Reilly. After one of Bill's well articulated rants Dave said, "You're a smart guy.. you don't actually believe what you're saying, do you?"

The charisma. The showmanship. Those killer solos. A new chapter?

Comments

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Man, they should age more gracefully!

Leif on May 15, 2015
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Omg, so bad lol ;)

Adam on May 31, 2015
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Hahah, they made the video "private" -- it's probably for the best to be honest haha

Adam on July 28, 2015
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Thanks for letting me know they made it private.. no matter, just posted more for us to watch with utter amazement.

Gregoíre on July 28, 2015
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