1976
Van Halen plays the Santa Monica Civic Center in Santa Monica, CA. The Sparks are the headliners.

1977
Van Halen plays the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA.

1978
While at a New Year's Eve party at Ted Templeman's house, Eddie noodles around on an acoustic guitar. Templeman hears him and suggests he write an instrumental on it for the upcoming Van Halen II, which the band had begun recording on December 10.