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    Default Van Halen visits Kevin Hendon.



    This special video was uploaded by Dayna Steele and here's what she says about the video.

    I often speak about the day Van Halen went to Texas Children's Hospital to see my friend Kevin Hendon. The biggest band in the world at the time took the time to make this young man's eyes sparkle. We lost Kevin to Cystic Fibrosis not long after this day but the impact it had on me and the lessons I learned have continued. At a recent lunch with his Dad, Jerry Hendon, I discovered there was actually video of that day. I can't thank Jerry and Kevin's Mom, Ann, enough for letting me post this. The video also includes Ed Leffler, the band's manager. Ed was my 'godfather' and I lost him as well several years later, this one to cancer. It took my breath away to see him smile in this video.
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    Fantastic...thanks for the upload john.

    RIP.

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    Really heartwarming stuff.

    Makes me like Sam all the more - he just seems to have that ability to put people at their ease.

    A lovely gesture by the family to put that up.
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    Sorry to hear Kevin passed away, at least he got to spend some time with VH.
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    Thank you for sharing this video. I'm sure the visit by VH meant a lot to your friend.
    May he rest in peace.
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    There are so many things I like about this video.

    For one, Sam and Mike are awesome human beings. Eddie also only comes in a few times but I chalk that up more to shyness than anything, that's kinda how Ed was back then. Al looks bored, which I think is fucking hilarious.

    Second, I smiled really largely when I saw "Starring Kevin Hendon with Van Halen." Something tells me Kevin is looking down on it and loving that.

    And lastly, they dedicate the show to him and give him a live tape, and I have no doubt in my mind that they played that night remembering exactly what they told Kevin.

    Man, Van Halen was cool back then. Great camaradarie, great guys, on top of their musical game. This video is proof that VH were once very different compared to where they are today
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    Definitely a cool video. I chuckled when Sam asked him how 5150 sounded on "compact disc" and he said "great." I guess they didn't know it sounded like compressed crap back then

    Seriously though, kudos to VH for doing this. It has to be uncomfortable for them to be put in a situation like that (one in which the poor guy doesn't have much time left) and try make them feel happy. Sam was definitely a natural at it, though

    I hope Kevin has front row seets to every concert where he's at. RIP
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    Yep - you can knock Sam all you like but he is bloody good with people, especially the fans. All credit to him.
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    that was really, really special.

    I am glad your friend got to have that day. Very special.

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    That was really cool to see, awesome that it was shared by the family.


 

 

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