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    Default Eddie Van Halen: The Complete 1979 Interview (from Jas Obrecht via Kevin)

    Jas obviously has a little more to do than most of us, so he's not quite up there with his number of posts, so he is not able to start a new thread so he asked me to create this one on his behalf (which I am more than happy to do so).

    From Jas:

    Hi Kevin --

    I just posted a transcription of a rare interview with Eddie from December 1979. This one is massive (9,000 words) and never made it into Guitar Player magazine, since 16 days later we did another interview that was the basis of his 1980 Guitar Player magazine cover story.

    This one was done in December 1979, just after Van Halen finished its second world tour and laid down the basic tracks for Women and Children First. Eddie is very candid, going deep into how he builds his guitars, hand rewinds PAF's and dips them in wax, sets his intonation, and other guitar-related issues, including his pedalboard and amps. He also vents his frustrations at the first VH clone guitars hitting the market and with other guitarists copping his style or snubbing him on the road. Near the end, he previews Women and Children First -- at this point, he's not even sure what some of the songs will be titled. It's an interesting snapshot in time.

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    Wow this was great! I remember the cut interview but it was great to read the whole thing. If people think Eddie the paranoid guy only surfaced in the 2000's, please read this. You can see the guy exhibited some of the stuff people believe only recently has come to the forefront.

    I did read one interesting fact was how many albums VH1 had sold prior to WACF. Eddie was saying 3-4 million. Much more than I thought. I bet by the time Dave left, it was probably around 6-7 million.



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