Van Halen: A Visual History: 1978 - 1984
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From their eponymous 1978 debut through their colossal 1984 album (they've sold over 75 million albums worldwide), Van Halen rewrote all the rules. Nobody rockedor partiedharder. Photographer Neil Zlozower first met the band in 1978, worked with them again on Van Halen II, and soon became their friend, hanging out in L.A. and hitting the road on tour with them. Van Halen collects more than 250 backstage, candid, and full rock-out photos of the all-powerful, spandexed, high-kicking, guitar blazing, stadium-shaking, original Van Halen lineup. Accompanying Zlozower's amazing photos are an introduction about his wild ride with VH, a foreword by David Lee Roth, and testimony from the rock pantheon paying homage to the band, including members of Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, KISS, Motley Cre, and more. Turn it up!
can say that! Al’s groove is HUGE and when they all play together, it’s magic! Great songs and great playing. Their music has stood the test of time. —Steve Lukather I.S. 25 Junior High lunch room, 1978, and my friend David says, “Wait ‘til you hear this!” He pops a cassette tape into his tiny portable radio, pushes play, and the sickest thing I’ve ever heard erupts from the speakers. Literally. He had cued up “Eruption” and I sat there hypnotized by a sound I had never heard before. All I
actually saw Eddie play some blues once and it was really beautiful. It would be great to hear him play more in that style. —Jeff Beck The way many guys of my generation would look at Star Wars as their fondest childhood obsession is how I usually describe the long-lasting effect Van Halen has had on me. I play electric guitar for a living now, and I consider that fact largely due to Eddie. The first time I saw Eddie Van Halen walk atop the desks playing the “Hot for Teacher” solo I was like,
me and asked me if I would like to finish the project, and I said “SURE!!!!!” So I brought the boys into my studio at the time and I did my “thing” and pulled off the rest of the photos on Van Halen II. All the photos except the Alex shots and the Dave jumping on the back cover are mine, and I must say, the nurses we had taking care of Dave were very “tasty.” YUM YUM!!! From 1978 to 1984, Van Halen conquered the world!!!! As far as I’m concerned, they DEVASTATED every other American Rock band
interested in traveling with them as a creative consultant and lighting director for their first tour. One minute I was simply trying to figure out a way to have some intimacy with a waitress in an empty nightclub and the next minute I was traveling down the highway, led by an escort of police motorcycles, with a caravan of five touring busses carrying four musicians, eight security guards, nineteen roadies, an overwhelming number of strippers, “little people” tripping on mescaline, followed by
were untouchable as a live act and, to this day, those shows mean a lot to how I matured as a musician … if you want to call it that! —Kerry King Eddie’s finger tapping and vibrato work were innovative. It’s something he developed that made him different than all other guitar players. Extremely different. He mastered it very well. Eddie proves a fellow can create his own thing, something that’s recognizable. It’s very intriguing, and it’s a great road to go down. It’s good to see someone out