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I can’t post a story while I’m driving but, as Woody posted in the shout box, Eddie Van Halen has passed away from cancer. He was 65 years old and my world is quite broken. I cannot imagine a world without Eddie Van Halen in it...


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

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Everybody loves the first album and 1984, but to me 'Women and Children First' was where VH really became VH.  So diverse.  'Could this be magic?' might be my favorite VH song.

I've always liked the band more than the guitar player.  Or to be more accurate, I liked his 50% of the songwriting more than his guitar solos.

And if you get past the wrong-headed thinking that Van Halen is high art, Diver Down is as fun of an album as you can get.

DLR-era Van Halen IS convertible music. 

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RIP EVH. Here's my favorite riff of all of their songs.

 


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Aww man too young to go! RIP

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22 minutes ago, HipKat said:

Fair Warning. I sat front row on the floor right in front of the stage at The Aud for that tour. One of the great unheralded albums.

That's my second favorite album.  I liked 'When Push Comes to Shove'.  Great lyrics, great playing.  Dave's solo song 'Ladies Nite in Buffalo; had that same vibe.  Both fantastic driving at night songs.  

Fair Warning fell under the radar because it lacked the Zeitgeist single that the other albums had.  So the record company picked the most poppy song to release, 'So this is Love' - which sucked.  

BTW, the intro to 'Mean Street' was even more confounding than 'Eruption'.      

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3 hours ago, FanBack said:

That's my second favorite album.  I liked 'When Push Comes to Shove'.  Great lyrics, great playing.  Dave's solo song 'Ladies Nite in Buffalo; had that same vibe.  Both fantastic driving at night songs.  

Fair Warning fell under the radar because it lacked the Zeitgeist single that the other albums had.  So the record company picked the most poppy song to release, 'So this is Love' - which sucked.  

BTW, the intro to 'Mean Street' was even more confounding than 'Eruption'.      

Mean Street is one of my top 3 VH songs


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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5 hours ago, FanBack said:

Everybody loves the first album and 1984, but to me 'Women and Children First' was where VH really became VH.  So diverse.  'Could this be magic?' might be my favorite VH song.

I've always liked the band more than the guitar player.  Or to be more accurate, I liked his 50% of the songwriting more than his guitar solos.

And if you get past the wrong-headed thinking that Van Halen is high art, Diver Down is as fun of an album as you can get.

DLR-era Van Halen IS convertible music. 

I saw VH Woman and Children first tour at the Rochester War Memorial general admission. Got in early and stood in the front row. 
 

Girls were throwing their cloths on the stage. David Lee Roth was doing back flips off of the Amps. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. Eddie was great, but I was standing on the other side in front of MA. 

 

My older sister, who was a school teacher, took my concert tee shirt to school for concert tee shirt day (not kidding). I never saw the shirt again and I was not happy. 
 

One of this best shows I have ever seen. DLR said fuck about 78 times. 

Eddie REALLY dissed Michael Anthony. 

 

 

 

 

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17 minutes ago, HipKat said:

Mean Street is one of my top 3 VH songs

Off the top of my head. 

Eruption/You Really Got Me 

Ice Cream Man 

Everybody Wants Some - “Have You seen Juniors grades”?

Beautiful Girls 

Think about the absolute shit music of today. 
 

 

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4 hours ago, HipKat said:

Fair Warning. I sat front row on the floor right in front of the stage at The Aud for that tour. One of the great unheralded albums.

My uncle and aunt (brother and sister to each other) were at that show. 

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I will never be okay with how Michael Anthony was given a raw deal but this is a terrible loss and it’s made me really sad. This loss hurts. 
 

RIP EVH

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I remember a 1995 issue of Guitar World with Eddie with short hair on the cover, around the time that the album “Balance” was released.
 

He mentioned in the article what happened to his hair. He made a bet with Jim Kelly at a golf tournament, lost the bet and wound up having to shave his head bald. Funny story. 

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@foster One of the things I lost when I lost everything moving to HELLinois was a  scrapbook with the ticket stub, 97 Rock Concert Patch, newspaper clippings and anything else I Could find about every concert I went to in high school.  I had that VH Concert in there, plus Rush in 81 (Moving Pictures) $9,50 for Lower Gold, Rolling Stones 1980 - Tattoo You $12.50, Styx in '82 (Paradise Theater), Foreigner, Loverboy, Ted Nugent, Iron Maiden '82 and a few dozen others.

Between as a fan or working in the production office at 6 flags from 2000 - 2005, I've probably been to 1000 concerts


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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And not to cast a dark shadow on this, but what the FUCK happened to DLR??????
 

 


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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12 hours ago, HipKat said:

Fair Warning. I sat front row on the floor right in front of the stage at The Aud for that tour. One of the great unheralded albums.

My Favorite album....RIP EVH

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2 hours ago, HipKat said:

And not to cast a dark shadow on this, but what the FUCK happened to DLR??????
 

I saw them in 2012 at the Verizon Center in DC; the only time I ever saw VH.  I had seen Dave a couple of times.

They were great.  Dave did this move where he crossed his legs and sat down - it made my girlfriend wince.  Eddie played really well.  No jumps off the high riser for Dave this time; you know the drill 57 year-old knees. 

Having Michael Anthony not there was a bummer.  Not as much as Black Sabbath Mark I without Bill Ward, but still a bummer.  

Two things:

1)  The band was much tighter than the live videos I had seen.  Not Eat 'Em and Smile; tight, but really tight.  Wolfgang has great timing and let's be honest:  if Eddie went off time he could say something.  Michael Anthony would have been fired on the spot and Eddie would have finished the show playing Taurus bass pedals.  :classic_smile:

2)  Wolfgang had them playing deep tracks, they played 'The Full Bug', 'Hear About it Later', and 'Outta Love Again'.  Without him you know the set list would have been same old, same old. 

 

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5 hours ago, FanBack said:

I saw them in 2012 at the Verizon Center in DC; the only time I ever saw VH.  I had seen Dave a couple of times.

They were great.  Dave did this move where he crossed his legs and sat down - it made my girlfriend wince.  Eddie played really well.  No jumps off the high riser for Dave this time; you know the drill 57 year-old knees. 

Having Michael Anthony not there was a bummer.  Not as much as Black Sabbath Mark I without Bill Ward, but still a bummer.  

Two things:

1)  The band was much tighter than the live videos I had seen.  Not Eat 'Em and Smile; tight, but really tight.  Wolfgang has great timing and let's be honest:  if Eddie went off time he could say something.  Michael Anthony would have been fired on the spot and Eddie would have finished the show playing Taurus bass pedals.  :classic_smile:

2)  Wolfgang had them playing deep tracks, they played 'The Full Bug', 'Hear About it Later', and 'Outta Love Again'.  Without him you know the set list would have been same old, same old. 

If you would stop posting bullshit politics nonsense, I would take you off ignore.  All the rest of your takes are fucking dynamite but then you get all uber-troll with politics and it just ruins it


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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26 minutes ago, HipKat said:

If you would stop posting bullshit politics nonsense, I would take you off ignore.  All the rest of your takes are fucking dynamite but then you get all uber-troll with politics and it just ruins it

Frawk, Bowflex, Sackman, Fatality - When I see they've responded to one of my posts I always know if it's negative or positive.

With you, HipKat, I have to think 'Was the post on 'politics' (response is negative always) or another topic (positive or a well-reasoned disagreement)?'

But if you look at my history I didn't start out this way.  I used to sarcastically deflect to football topics in political threads.  Then I said to myself, 'Let me take myself down a couple of steps on the self-actualization scale and have some FUN!

 

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Favorite 20 VH Songs, in no particular order:

1)  Ain't Talkin' about Love

2)  Runnin' with the Devil

3)  Dance the Night Away

4)  Somebody Get Me a Doctor'

5)  Outta Love Again.  My 2nd favorite Eddie solo.

6)  Light Up the Sky (this just entered my list the past couple of years;  I missed this one for 35 years.)  Alex's drum breakdown is superior to 'Hot for Teacher', DLR has obscure lyrics from a Jack Kerouac novel, and Eddie's solo is just cool.

7)  Beautiful Girls.

8)  ...And the Cradle will Rock.

9)  Everybody Wants Some.  The Better Off Dead Burger revived this one for me.

10)  Loss of Control.  Simulated CB Radio chatter always makes great song verses.

11)  Take Your Whiskey Home.

12)  Could this be Magic:  Best.  Van.  Halen.  Song.  Ever.

13)  In a Simple Rhyme.

14)  Dirty Movies.

15)  When Push Comes to Shove.

16)  Hang 'Em High.

17)  Little Guitars.  Best Eddie solo.  Not the Carlos Montaya-ish intro, but the dreamy atmospheric slide solo over the half time groove in the middle.

18)  Drop Dead Legs.

19)  Girl Gone Bad.  Eddie wrote a brilliant piece of music that might be considered too much like Rush.   Dave fixed that with the first verse:  'Now she's working on the street.  Shake them poor boys down." 

20)  HoneyBabySweetieDoll.    

 

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2 hours ago, FanBack said:

Frawk, Bowflex, Sackman, Fatality - When I see they've responded to one of my posts I always know if it's negative or positive.

With you, HipKat, I have to think 'Was the post on 'politics' (response is negative always) or another topic (positive or a well-reasoned disagreement)?'

But if you look at my history I didn't start out this way.  I used to sarcastically deflect to football topics in political threads.  Then I said to myself, 'Let me take myself down a couple of steps on the self-actualization scale and have some FUN!

Ironically, I take that as a complement


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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15 hours ago, HipKat said:

Ironically, I take that as a complement

It was, you're just whacked politically.  Mutual feelings, I assume.

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15 minutes ago, FanBack said:

It was, you're just whacked politically.  Mutual feelings, I assume.

You refer to Donald Trump by a name that was originally given to a guy that basically created a cult where his members were enslaved on an island, but I am the one who’s whacked politically. I probably am completely whacked out politically, but at least I can appreciate the irony of the term The Aquarian.


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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As it turns out. Some of my best friends from high school lived a couple houses away from the Van Halen family in the 70s and 80s. They had a neighborhood lawn business going and would do Van Halens lawn. Got paid but also got tickets and passes etc.. Eddie gave one of the Brothers a quitar. And the sisters were in his wedding, if I'm not mistaken.
Just a bit of Pasadena history

 

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