Follow us on...
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube
Register
Save
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Good Enough Rocket's Avatar
    Join Date
    02.05.00
    Age
    48
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    1,718
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning & 1984
    Favorite VH Song

    Girl Gone Bad
    Last Online

    08.28.16 @ 08:22 AM
    Likes
    1
    Liked 99 Times in 40 Posts

    A DAY AT 5150
    By Dana J. Shonka
    Photos by Kim Musgrove

    After winning Sammy Hagar's "Name My Album" contest in 1987, Kim Musgrove was taken on an unforgettable tour inside the 5150 studio, spending an entire day with Van Halen. She shares her story with The Inside.
    It's rare that fans ever get to meet the members of their favorite band, let alone visit their home recording studio, but that's exactly what happened to Kim Musgrove.
    In 1987, Kim won MTV's "Name the Sammy Hagar Album Contest" when Hagar personally chose her title "I Never Said Goodbye," over thousands of other entries.

    In March of 1988, Kim and a friend were taken via limousine to Van Halen's famed 5150 compound, high atop the Hollywood hills behind Sunset Strip. When they arrived, Eddie, Alex, and Michael emerged to greet them, while Sammy pulled up behind the wheel of his black Ferrari (seen in his "I Can't Drive 55" video).

    While 5150 was nondescript from the outside, the driveway resembled an exotic car show. Valerie's Volkswagon was sandwiched between Michael Anthony's champagne-colored Porsche and Sammy's Ferrari. Eddie's pickup truck, Lamborghini and two Harley-Davidsons were parked further up the driveway.

    After introductions, Kim and her friend were led into the 5150 studio itself. Despite what they had read, Kim said the place was surprisingly clean.

    With Eddie and Sammy acting as guides, the two contest winners were led into 5150's "living room" which was jammed with electronic gear and video games (Asteroids, Tempest and a battered Captain Fantastic pinball machine). It resembled a boy's club with all the modern equipment needed to record. Nearby, a file cabinet stood buried beneath an assortment of motorcycle gear, leather jackets, coffee mugs and empty frozen food boxes.
    On the walls were a platinum album from 1984, the now-infamous blackboard that eventually wound up in For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge's inner sleeve and several calendars. A black and yellow dartboard hung in a secluded corner and several guitars leaned against a nearby wall.
    The recording studio itself was very small. However, Van Halen has since added a separate drum room. 5150 is equipped with a complete kitchen and upper level where Eddie keeps his gun and guitar collection. Not surprisingly, it was off-limits.

    Ed politely made sure his guests had no recorders since Van Halen had not yet released OU812. The band then proceeded to play several partially completed tracks from their upcoming album, including "Black and Blue" which Eddie didn't want them to hear because "they were girls."

    The band was also busy planning that summer's "Monsters of Rock" tour, trying to work out dates and other logistics.
    According to Kim, the band was "very modest and down-to-earth," not playing the "rock star" in the least.

    The band signed autographs, including the girls yearbooks, and clowned around on-camera while Kim videotaped them on her portable camcorder. Sammy stepped in front of the camcorder waving his hands pretending to be an excited fan, "Hi Sammy!" he shouted turning to the others, he joked, "I'm trying to look just like him. I got my hair growin' out now. I bought a shirt just like his too!" "You're a lot better lookin' than Sammy is too!" Eddie quipped, and the room broke out into laughter.

    After videotaping Eddie's self-constructed studio, Kim and Irene found themselves back in the driveway, listening to Sammy lovingly describe his Ferrari. "It's got a 12-cylinder, 4-cam engine," he explained. "Zero to 60 in five seconds, with a top speed of 180 miles per hour." Michael jumped in, "Oh, did you forget the most important thing? I've got one just like it in red!"
    At the end of the day, Kim and Irene said their goodbyes and were driven back to Los Angeles in style, complete with guitar picks, autographs and memories of a day they won't soon forget.

  2. #2
    Eruption Red-Diamond's Avatar
    Join Date
    04.06.02
    Age
    31
    Location
    L.A. (Cabo in my mind)
    Posts
    1,155
    Favorite VH Album

    1984, Balance, Van Halen, 5150
    Favorite VH Song

    Mike on SGMAD, Baluchetherium
    Last Online

    02.12.07 @ 02:44 PM
    Likes
    0
    Liked 1 Time in 1 Post

    That is the most awsome thing I've read in a long time. Van Halen needs to get back to that kinda thing.
    How to make a “Mad Anthony”

    2 oz Cabo Wabo® Tequila
    1 oz Spicy V8
    Juice from a fresh Lime
    A generous dollop of Mad Anthony’s Hot Sauce
    Combine in a shaker full of ice and shake it up
    Pour into shot glass garnished with
    a dab of salt
    a small slice of lime
    a slice of Serrano or Jalapeno chili pepper

  3. #3
    Atomic Punk Raldo's Avatar
    Join Date
    01.11.00
    Location
    Cromwell, CT USA
    Posts
    15,976
    Favorite VH Song

    Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
    Last Online

    09.27.16 @ 03:33 AM
    Likes
    1,086
    Liked 832 Times in 512 Posts


    Premium Member
    That was a pretty cool contest. I'm sure if they did that now, Eddie would have to clean all the cobwebs and dustballs out of the studio.
    Remember the Heroes - 9/11/01

    In 2012, the phoenix has risen!!

    "High speed, low drag."

    "Look at all the people here tonight!!!" - 10/5/07, 5/20/08 Mohegan Sun

    Congratulations to Van Halen as part of the Class of 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

    Cinco de Cabo @ Foxwoods: "A giant party with live music" - S. Hagar

    got tequila?

    http://keepitaliveforever.com

  4. #4
    Eruption
    Join Date
    12.12.01
    Age
    50
    Location
    naugatuck,connecticut u.s.a.
    Posts
    881
    Favorite VH Album

    fair warning
    Favorite VH Song

    mean street
    Last Online

    12.31.69 @ 04:00 PM
    Likes
    0
    Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Originally posted by Red-Diamond:
    That is the most awsome thing I've read in a long time. Van Halen needs to get back to that kinda thing.
    that was cool i agree that they need to go back to that kinda of stuff again.
    van halen shall return. what you think is nothing might be something after all.

  5. #5
    On Fire
    Join Date
    12.05.01
    Age
    50
    Location
    Malibu
    Posts
    397
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Unchained
    Last Online

    11.26.07 @ 10:06 AM
    Likes
    0
    Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Thanks!
    My first time in the spotlight was from a helicopter.

  6. #6
    Unchained
    Join Date
    04.15.02
    Age
    40
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    473
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Little Guitars
    Last Online

    12.31.69 @ 04:00 PM
    Likes
    0
    Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    My, how times have changed....
    "There's a Japanese term called wabi-sabi, not wasabi, but wabi-sabi. It means an appreciation for the imperfect, the less than precision. The cowboy boots that you never polish because it's bad luck. That is completely wabi-sabi. Van Halen is that." - DLR 2002<br /><br />"Look! I can see their parachutes! They're ok..." - Tenshinhan, DragonBall Z

  7. #7
    Baluchitherium dirtymovies's Avatar
    Join Date
    12.07.01
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    4,212
    Last Online

    08.25.16 @ 11:11 PM
    Likes
    243
    Liked 97 Times in 56 Posts


    Donor

    Originally posted by Diver Down NJ:
    My, how times have changed....
    Amen

  8. #8
    Sinner's Swing!
    Join Date
    12.02.01
    Age
    49
    Location
    Bass Ackwards, NC
    Posts
    2,917
    Favorite VH Album

    All Dave
    Favorite VH Song

    "dirtymovies"
    Last Online

    12.31.69 @ 04:00 PM
    Likes
    0
    Liked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Originally posted by dirtymovies:
    </font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Diver Down NJ:
    My, how times have changed....
    Amen</font>[/QUOTE][img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]
    ".....and Harry Potter and all of his wizard-friends went to Hell for practicing Witchcraft. The End." -Ned Flander's version of reading "Harry Potter" to Rod and Todd.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Hum One More VH Thought
    By Sunya in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 07.21.05, 11:52 AM
  2. Movie score with 5150 riffs...pre 5150
    By swage in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 02.02.03, 04:30 PM
  3. VH IV thought...
    By Scotty in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 02.14.02, 08:03 PM
  4. Just a thought Brothers and Sisters, just a thought!
    By chain in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12.08.01, 02:29 PM
  5. Just A Thought
    By non stop talker in forum Bootleg Network
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12.09.00, 11:56 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •