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Today in Rock – January 26th

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1957, Born on this day, Eddie Van Halen, Dutch guitarist with Van Halen who had the 1984 US No.1 & UK No. 7 single ‘Jump’. His guitar solo in the track ‘Eruption’ was voted No.2 on Guitar World magazine’s readers poll of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

I remember back in February of 1978, I was immersed in the NY Punk scene and the emergence of the British equivalent. Working at Record World with Russell, a co-worker trapped in the Peter Frampton look, we would always be excited on new release day. Russ saw this album cover and just new it was his kind of music. He shouted to me “Look at this, some new band called Van Heflin”. (he wasn’t much of a reader, that Russ). We opened it and threw it on the turntable.

Now, me, being jaded with all things rock, was even wildly impressed with that opening riff – “Running With The Devil”, followed by some amazing guitar work in “Eruption” and then a Kinks cover? WOW. this was a shock to my system. I thought this kind of music was dead.

That first Van HALEN album was really quite an amazing feat. I loved it. Loved the band live too. Saw them twice on that first tour. David Lee Roth was incredible and of course Eddie Van Halen was magical. Saw them open up for Journey and Montrose – all on the same bill. Van Halen blew them all away, as you can imagine.

As far as Russ goes. I have no idea what happened to him, but he owes me $20 for a Queen ticket he never obtained for me.

Bastard.

Happy Birthday Eddie VH…57 today

Van Halen – Running With The Devil (1978 Live) http://youtu.be/cqoybLnrEjw

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About Stevie GB

57 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

One response to “Today in Rock – January 26th

  1. Gerard ⋅

    Yep, that first album is magnificent. I love each song of it. Daddy Jan van Halen comes from Nijmegen, the same place which brought forth the legendary Colonel of Elvis Presley. He also plays clarinet on the song “Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now” on the album Diver Down of his sons.

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