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    Default Growing Up With The Van Halens

    Here's a must-read... an interview I did with Dennis Travis. He was in the "Trojan Rubber Company" band with Ed & Al in 1971, when Ed was 14 and Al and him were 16. It includes a photo of the 3 of them posing with some other friends back then.

    I originally published this interview in issue #1 of The Inside magazine. This is the first time the story has been published online.

    Growing Up With The Van Halens

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    Nice interview...Must be bitter-sweet for Mr Travis, looking back on what might have been.

    There was one bit that shocked me though:

    "A lot of people might not know this, but Ed could play drums,too"

    Who'd have thought it!?!?!?
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    I remember reading this before....It was cool then and cool now

    One thing I always wondered though was whether ALL of those kids in the pics were "the band" or was that in school at some point.....

    If that was all of them they would have needed a band leader to get them through!
    It is what it is

    I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said

    I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.

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    Pretty cool, already smoking at 14 though, wow.
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

    Emperor Brett - "I can't believe you guys are analyzing song-by-song Van Halen III? What next, analyzing the script of Stroker Ace looking for some shred of Citizen Kane?"

    David Lee Roth did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it!

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    I have that mag, but it's cool to re-read it.

    Thanks Jeff
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    I did grow up with the Van Halens...lol
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    Didnt vanhalen go from the trojan rubber co. to mammoth to vanhalen?.. the article says they changed their name from trojan rubber to van halen

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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    Nice interview...Must be bitter-sweet for Mr Travis, looking back on what might have been.

    There was one bit that shocked me though:

    "A lot of people might not know this, but Ed could play drums,too"

    Who'd have thought it!?!?!?
    Ed playing drums!?! Even my dead grandmother knows that..and It did go from trc to mammoth right? And when were they genesis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoident View Post
    Ed playing drums!?! Even my dead grandmother knows that..
    And you wonder why people give you shit around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    And you wonder why people give you shit around here.
    Just smoke a joint. You'll feel better.
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    I feel outclassed by every guitarist I ever play with. Imagine this poor guy, jamming with Eddie Van Halen.

    Good stuff and a unique take on VH without the now standard stock answers from the band. They're such a closed off group it's odd to see an outsider's take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachenFoot View Post
    Just smoke a joint. You'll feel better.
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    The guys with the guitars look like a young Charlie Sheen and Jimmy Page's overweight Mini-Me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    And you wonder why people give you shit around here.
    What the fuck are you talking about?
    Last edited by zoident; 08.25.12 at 07:49 AM. Reason: Missed a word

 

 

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