By Neil Zlozower
From their eponymous 1978 debut via their giant 1984 album (they've bought over seventy five million albums worldwide), Van Halen rewrote the entire ideas. not anyone rockedor partiedharder. Photographer Neil Zlozower first met the band in 1978, labored with them back on Van Halen II, and shortly grew to become their good friend, striking out in L.A. and hitting the line on journey with them. Van Halen collects greater than 250 behind the scenes, candid, and whole rock-out pictures of the omnipotent, spandexed, high-kicking, guitar blazing, stadium-shaking, unique Van Halen lineup. Accompanying Zlozower's awesome photographs are an creation approximately his wild experience with VH, a foreword via David Lee Roth, and testimony from the rock pantheon harking back to the band, together with contributors of Led Zeppelin, weapons N' Roses, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, KISS, Motley Cre, and extra. flip it up!
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Henry Rollins I bear in mind listening to approximately Van Halen from a pal in L. A. in 1977. Then I observed them on the Starwood round that point and received an opportunity to satisfy David Lee Roth. I requested him if he’d prefer to smoke a joint, and certain he did. After that, i used to be consistently going as much as L. A. to work out them. They have been insane, to claim the least. i used to be extra of a guitar player/singer on the time. I accumulated infrequent, hard-to-find amps. i needed to understand what Eddie was once utilizing, the place, how, and what. i ultimately acquired to fulfill him sooner than a Whisky gig and we bought to conversing approximately equipment. I had a Vox 30 amp and he used one too yet wanted one other to accomplish his double-swivel Vox setup. So he acquired mine. We turned reliable associates buying and selling, paying for, lending equipment forever. I discovered much from Van Halen, and to today nonetheless imagine they're the most effective bands to ever hit the area song scene. —Stephen Pearcy Eddie used to be the unique guitar ninja. At a time whilst i used to be simply getting my ft rainy, he was once destroying every thing we concept we knew approximately enjoying. the 1st 3 documents are patently my favourite simply because I come from a really heavy history. that they had these leads and riffs – these heavy fucking riffs – that made us mere mortals wanna provide the fuck up. They wrote nice heavy rock tunes and have been all too chuffed to force-feed them down our throats. I observed them six occasions at the first 3 documents. I take note simply sitting within the loge with my binoculars taking in up to i may from Eddie Van Halen, the motherfucking guitar ninja, and attempting to know about musicianship and showmanship. of their best, they have been untouchable as a stay act and, to today, these indicates suggest much to how I matured as a musician … so that it will name it that! —Kerry King Eddie’s finger tapping and vibrato paintings have been leading edge. It’s whatever he built that made him diverse than all different guitar gamers. super assorted. He mastered it rather well. Eddie proves a fellow can create his personal factor, anything that’s recognizable. It’s very fascinating, and it’s an exceptional highway to move down. It’s strong to determine a person available in the market that performs HIS manner. that's what makes the fellow stick out from the boy. Eddie Van Halen got here up along with his personal factor. okay. so far as i do know, he could have copied it from a few hillbilly, I don’t comprehend. however it appears like he had his personal factor going. And that by myself, on its own, makes it very attention-grabbing. And the truth that he does it rather well capability he’s expressing loads of issues he had within him that others don’t have. they simply don’t play that manner. —Les Paul I heard “Runnin’ with the satan” and approximately shat myself! —Joe Elliott the 1st time I observed them used to be after they replaced their identify from immense to Van Halen and extra David Lee Roth. that they had an immense influence on me. Edward is likely one of the maximum guitarists on the earth. Van Halen replaced the sound and course of rock ‘n’ roll! —Mick Mars After fidgeting with Derringer within the past due ‘70s — the place I have in mind Van Halen coming to determine us on the Whisky and Starwood — I moved to L. A. and had a band referred to as Axis.