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    Default Kurt Loder Interviews Ed For MTV-1991

    Man, I miss this guy...I mean Ed, of course. Loder is far better in print.

    Edward Van Halen 1991 Interview (5:34)
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    Default Good interview

    Thanks for the clip Chef. It's been said before, something changed in that man in the mid to late 90's. He seems so at ease in the interview, light hearted. I've seen that before but it's always nice to go back to when it was exciting to hear new VH music and interviews.

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    I agree. I wish I knew what it was exactly that flipped the switch. He was such a cool cat, now he is just a very bitter and dark guy. Who knows?

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    Cool find chef. Wonder if that guy is still inside, somewhere.
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    thanks Chef.... it's always great to see Ed when he seemed so happy

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    I really think that outside of the dependancy issue, Eddie has some mental problems. Just got worse with age. From the earliest interviews you can hear the "bad" Eddie if you look for them. Like in 82 when he said that everything that Randy Rhoads did was copied off of him. The guy just died and here Eddie is ripping on the guy. People think it started in the late 90's but it was always there. Just became more evident as he got older.

    The last Guitar World interview with him right after rehab did show a bit of the old Eddie. Same with the Rolling Stone interview about the greatest guitar songs. Here is hoping we get to see more of that.

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    I remember hearing that in the midto late90's he was seeing a shrink.I think that's when he went off the deep end.

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    I think another clue to Eddie possibly "losing it" is his guitar solo's and other pieces of work. Starting with Balance he started to put some really strange stuff. Strunk Out for one. VH3 you have a lot of chaos in the middle of From Afar and Josephina. The solo to Learning to See is another one along with the muddled mess of his sustainer era.

    While he was always a bit out there, it was a bit more put together and fit the music better. Just seems that his scrambled mind was coming through the guitar IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scs5150 View Post
    I remember hearing that in the midto late90's he was seeing a shrink.I think that's when he went off the deep end.


    I tend to see it that way as well. Could be complete coincidence for all I know, but that is when he really started to change in my opinion.
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    Like in 82 when he said that everything that Randy Rhoads did was copied off of him. The guy just died and here Eddie is ripping on the guy.
    Must of missed that one where can i get a copy of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH51504 View Post
    Must of missed that one where can i get a copy of that?
    I sort of paraphrased his quote. He gave Randy credit for basically admitting he copied from Eddie. He did not believe that he really did not offer anything new. Big discussion point at a Randy Rhoads site. Most people would agree that there is a difference between Eddie and Randy. Just seems a bit harsh after when a guy died. Then again 20+ years late its just par for the course.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scs5150 View Post
    I remember hearing that in the midto late90's he was seeing a shrink.I think that's when he went off the deep end.
    From someone who knew Eddie quite well in the late 80's through to 98', the story of Ed's change was that he was quite a naive guy. Very shy and introverted sober. He's always needed a bubble of positivity around him. When Eddie and Alex's dad died in 88' it hit Ed very hard. Alot of Eds drive was to please his father and to make him proud. Ed Leffler filled that role somewhat. He was a very positive, kindhearted guy who was tough and critical when he needed to be,and Eddie trusted him with his life. Ed Leffler fell ill to cancer in I believe late 92', and passed on sometime later. Eddie really became erratic, drinking heavily, and once again succumbing to cocaine to counteract the effect of the alcohol. Eddie apparently went into a brief rehab stint and successfuly got off of the two substances that were hurting him most, but unfortunately, and this is where it gets real ugly, Alex's then brother in-law Ray Daniels entered the picture. my friend has met Ray on several occasions, and let me tell you, the rumours about this S.O.B. are 100% true. At any rate, I can't get into too many specifics, but basically, he cam on as a real confidant. "you can trust me pal." kinda shit. There were accusations made that Mr. Leffler had been skimming from the band for years, and even worse, starting shit within the band itself. There's even a lyric in "Can't stop Loving You" where Sam says"Hey Ray, What you said is true...." In an effort to include Daniels and try to smooth things over a bit. It did'nt work. This acramony really destroyed Eddie and his trust of anyone was pretty much gone, as was his new found sobriety when he started feeling that everyone was just along for the meal ticket and he had no one outside of his brother to confide in. Theres more. I'll be back a bit later.
    She looks so $#@!'n good ,so sexy and so frail....Somethin's got the bite on me, I'm goin' straight to Hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLEEPER5150 View Post
    There's even a lyric in "Can't stop Loving You" where Sam says"Hey Ray, What you said is true...." In an effort to include Daniels and try to smooth things over a bit. It did'nt work. .
    Really. So rather than offering a shout-out to Ray Charles, who coincidentally had a hit in 1962 with a song called "I Can't Stop Loving You", Sam Hagar was actually secretly trying to extend an olive branch to a shifty and untrustworthy manager through a coded message in a Van Halen single.

    Golly. The stuff ya learns on the internets.

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    Cool interview.

    Eddie says it himself that he could do without all the "stuff" that comes with being a rock star. Hence, no interviews for the 2004 and 2007/08 tours.

    IMO, I don't think we've heard of the last of Eddie Van Halen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    I sort of paraphrased his quote. He gave Randy credit for basically admitting he copied from Eddie. He did not believe that he really did not offer anything new. Big discussion point at a Randy Rhoads site. Most people would agree that there is a difference between Eddie and Randy. Just seems a bit harsh after when a guy died. Then again 20+ years late its just par for the course.

    I remember watching all of those interviews when they were first posted on youtube. In some ways it was almost painful how put off he was by "the business". Back in the early days it seemed Eddie wasn't comfortable in his own skin and couldn't communicate very well for whatever reason. It always came off like he was slagging people or aloof. Worse yet, he knew he came off that way and it made him even more paranoid to open his mouth. I remember thinking that even reading those guitar magazine interviews back in the day as they came out (god, I used to sprint to the drug stores for those things). This video that chef posted was about as articulate and comfortable as Eddie gets at least from what I've seen/read. Especially compared to anything pre 5150 (album).

 

 

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