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    Studio Encounter with Eddie Van Halen From the VHND

    Thursday, 28 July 2011

    Legendary guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was recently at Henson Studios to do some writing and mixing. Unbeknownst to him, his favorite rock band from his youth were secretly using the very same studios to record their upcoming album. Inspired by his chance encounter with Eddie Van Halen that day, Nuno wrote a story about it, which he contributed to the upcoming hardcover photo book, Eddie Van Halen, by Neil Zlozower.


    The following is Nuno Bettencourt’s contribution in the book:

    I’m writing this on January 19, 2011, some thirty-three years after the Shock Heard Around the World. I’m referring of course to Van Halen.

    Earlier today I was at Henson Studios—the old Charlie Chaplin movie lot—to do a writing session in the mixing room. As I was about to enter the room, my ears demanded that my feet stop in their tracks. What caused me to stop was a familiar sound from the room across the hall. This sound was desperately trying to break through the double-thick walls of the studio.

    It was faint, but even so, there was no mistaking the power of the sound that was seeping through those walls, because there can only be one Edward.

    I looked around to make sure no one was around, and then walked over and put my ear to the wall. I closed my eyes and listened intensely, and between the vibration and what I actually heard—poof!—I was transformed from forty-four to fourteen years old. Then, for the next three minutes, like a burst of electricity running through me, I saw and heard the soundtrack of my life flash before me. Back to the minute I walked into my brother’s room and heard “Running with the Devil” for the first time and I froze, staring at the record player with my mouth open like I was seeing porn for the first time, trying to comprehend what I was hearing. If that wasn’t scary enough, my brother then played another track, which opened with the thunder of the greatest, most individual and under-celebrated drummer in the world, King Alex Van Halen: PaDaLaBum PaDaLaBum . . . “Eruption!” At that point I looked at my brother and asked if we were being invaded by aliens, and what planet Edward Van Halen was from.

    We’ve only had a handful of legendary guitarists whose styles were influential from the moment they hit the scene. Eddie not only had a groundbreaking style and sound, but as Van Halen’s discography shows, he and the band went on to make great and important music throughout their career.

    Edward is a not only a great guitarist, he is a true genius and innovator. Like the legendary guitarists before him, he brought guitar to a new level, but unlike them, he reinvented the guitar one album after the other. It was fucking mind-boggling to listen to each new record. How could this be? We figured, Okay, Ed, you did it! “Atomic Punk,” “I’m the One,” et cetera, on Van Halen were improbable enough. Then what? He fucking did it again with Van Halen II! “Spanish Fly,” “Somebody Get Me a Doctor,” and “Outta Love Again.” Then on Women and Children First there’s “Everybody Wants Some,” “Take Your Whiskey Home,” “Loss of Control,” . . . and then came my favorite VH album, Fair Warning! I thought, It’s four albums in, he’s definitely gonna start repeating himself. Drop the needle . . . and . . . wait for it . . . it’s fading in . . . no fucking way . . . “Mean Streets”! This guy is not human. Then “Unchained”?! I was convinced now that he really was an alien from another planet. And the list goes on: “Cathedral,” “Little Guitars,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Top Jimmy.” The reinvention and innovation was relentless, and goes on till today.

    What’s even more incredible is that he did this without ever doing a long-winded, “look at me” instrumental solo record; he did it while being one of the tastiest rhythm players around, and while still serving the most important part, the Song.

    I ran into Edward an hour later in the hallway, and after receiving a hello and a warm hug from the man who changed the world, I asked, “How’s it coming along in there?” And Ed said, “It’s cool. . . . I’m a little nervous, though.” I said, “Nervous? You!? Eddie Van? The Master? Do you have any idea what you have done? The gifts you have given us for over thirty years? You single-handedly changed the history of how we play guitar!” And with that grin that we have been seeing on Eddie’s face for as long as we can remember, he looked me in the eye and said, “I know . . . why do you think I’m nervous?” Then he walked off like John Wayne, straight back into the studio.

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    COOL!
    "It's always a Catch-22 situation. They hate you if you're the same, and they hate you if you're different."
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    Cool story, I'll have to pick up Zloz's book.

    I'm feeling pretty good about the fact that Eddie is putting some teeth on this new CD. I can't wait.
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    Nuno's a class act!!!

    I was hoping he was going to elaborate on what he heard. Bet he was shitting his pants all day long

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    Was just a little disappointed he called it "Mean Streets"....but cool story none the less.
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    This is the kinda shit ya hope for. Not just a puff piece from a local rag that really knows nothing about the band, the man or their history.
    This is from a dude that is fairly well respected by all. He's telling it like it is. Giving you his point of view and he not being paid to do it. So to all the haters out there....take note.....yeah Ed no doubt is & has been a dick to Mike and is a mondo control freak and uber tight with info and all things VH related....true. None of which changes the fact that he is still one of the main fucking dudes to ever play the instrument....EVER. This album may very well be great. There I said it. Let the shit sling for even thinking such a thing begin. Guys...we're getting NEW MUSIC from Ed & Dave and we're getting it fairly soon. This is a GREAT thing.
    It won't be a chinese democracy mess or Journey putting out a bad clone with a bad clone singer.
    It could be a masterpiece. Haters will hate...always, That's what they are best at and to try and educate or teach tolerance is futile.
    So I choose to not allow them to wreck what for me is overall a very postive thing.
    To repeat we have NEW MUSIC from Van Halen coming out VERY soon. And by numerous professional accounts it is said to be excellent.
    That's pretty Fuckin Cool if ya ask me.
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    Nuno likes porn.







    Don't read this.

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    Do you think he asked Nuno how Gary was?
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    Cool story!!

    Who knows, maybe Ed is nervous about the new music and how the fans will take to it.
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    This story is awesome, cuz it cans virtually all of our beginnings with VH into one all-encompassing, perfectly-scripted version. Great job, Nuno! I cannot wait to hear this next evolution in the history of not only Ed, but of Van Halen as a whole. Ed has every right to be nervous, but I strongly suspect that with the supporting cast that he has around him for this one, let alone having Dave back as well, will diminish his fears rapidly...especially when you have guys such as Nuno and Mark Tremonti and others, along with the rest of the world (soon) stepping forward and embracing this next step forward.

    I AM READY. Let's go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike zack View Post
    Do you think he asked Nuno how Gary was?
    or do you think he asked him, "why did you sold the Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar I gave you?"

    cool story, I'm very excited about the new album!
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    Link to the story on VHND.com:

    Studio Encounter with Eddie Van Halen

    This story is from the upcoming hardcover photo book, Eddie Van Halen, by Neil Zlozower. For more info or to pre-order your Autographed copy, visit Van Halen Store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Hausman View Post
    Link to the story on VHND.com:

    Studio Encounter with Eddie Van Halen

    This story is from the upcoming hardcover photo book, Eddie Van Halen, by Neil Zlozower. For more info or to pre-order your Autographed copy, visit Van Halen Store.
    Sorry I didn't link it, Jeff.

    I did add that it was from VHND, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lodewijk View Post
    I did add that it was from VHND, though.

 

 

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