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    First fall in love with Van Halen?

    I was a Freshman in high school back in 1978 and I was at lunch when I heard the most amazing guitar solo blasting out of some guy's Camaro. I asked somebody, "Who is that???" I was told, "That's Van Halen!" The solo was "Eruption" and Van Halen has been my favorite band ever since.

    I remember telling everybody shortly after listening to the first Van Halen album how Eddie Van Halen destroyed Jimmy Page on the guitar. Led Zeppelin was the sacred cow, so most people told me I was wrong. I wasn't.

    Back then, my favorite songs from "Van Halen" were probably "Runnin' With The Devil", "Eruption", "You Really Got Me", "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Jamie's Cryin'". These days, my favorite songs from the greatest debut album ever are "I'm The One", "Feel Your Love Tonight" and "On Fire". 36 years after its release, "Van Halen" still kicks as much ass as any record ever released.

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    I remember my brother getting Women & Children First in 1980 and him calling him into his room so I could hear the "have you seen junior's grade" part of "And The Cradle Will Rock…"
    Having said that I didn't become a fanatic until 1984 was released. That's when the band just became the greatest thing ever to me.
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    I was 9 in 1984 and like most every other kid at that time I was captured by VH via the vids on MTV and my older brother constantly playing the 1984 cassette tape on our house stereo. Hot for Teacher was beyond epic and the video was the closest thing available on basic cable to "porn" for a kid. Good times, good times.

    Can't imagine growing up in a different time. Of course as I got older I went back in time to uncover VH's earlier music for myself...and my mind was blown. Being young, girls, partying and guitar...the essence of VH!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hide Your Sheep View Post
    I remember my brother getting Women & Children First in 1980 and him calling him into his room so I could hear the "have you seen junior's grade" part of "And The Cradle Will Rock…"
    Having said that I didn't become a fanatic until 1984 was released. That's when the band just became the greatest thing ever to me.
    And the Cradle Will Rock in my brothers car. I was 10, he was 20, and he made me into a fanatic for the damn band.

    So it's all his fault!
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    I didn't start paying attention to Van Halen until 5150. Dave always bugged me, but I liked Sammy's voice. I had just started playing guitar in '85, but once I figured out the basics I began to understand how special Eddie's playing was. That's when I dove completely into Van Halen. It became all about the music for me. I didn't care who was singing after that.
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    In 1978, at the age of 8, my brother, four years my senior, put on a record that changed my life. With a black light to set the atmosphere, he lifted and set the needle. When I heard Runnin' With the Devil, I was ruined forever.

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    They were the first live rock band I ever saw.

    I was a senior in High School at the beginning of 1977 and I was just starting to get into rock music. I had maybe 5 rock records to my name (Queen, Led Zep, Bad Co, etc) and was pretty clueless about what band did what songs and who was who. I really didn't care seriously about music at that point, it was more about getting out to meet girls. Everyone I knew was into typical (now classic) rock bands like Led Zep, KISS, Alice Cooper and even more mundane stuff like Elton John. Disco was already at it's apex, punk and new wave had yet to make any real impression and the new wave of heavy metal (British or American) was still a couple years on the horizon.

    My friend and I had just recently bought a fake IDs from a vendor at the local swap meet. Still, we looked (and acted) way too young to pass as 21. The only bar or club we felt comfortable getting into was local club The Golden Bear on PCH in Huntington Beach which had a long history of drawing some pretty major bands (The Doors and CCR had supposedly played there in their early years). My friend knew a guy who occasionally worked the sound desk there (it was a tiny inclosed room at the back of the club attached to the ceiling like a tree house that was so small and low, you climbed a ladder to get in and it had a 4 or 5 foot ceiling - you couldn't stand up in it. It was like being in the Apollo Command Module!) so as long as we had *something* that looked like ID saying we were over 21, he could get us in if he was working.

    So one cold weekend in late January '77 we just decided to go and see whoever was playing at the Golden Bear. We didn't care who, we just wanted to drink beer and try to pick up on girls. The place was about 1/3rd to maybe half full by the time Van Halen came on. The biggest thing I remember was how fucking loud they were and the fact they looked about the same age as we were. Ed had his effects in that stand-up bomb shell. Although I didn't really know at the time what songs were theirs or not, they played about half covers and half originals. The only original that stood out was Running With The Devil.

    The next week, I made a trip to a Licorice Pizza record store trying to find any of Van Halen's albums but they had yet to release anything and no one even knew who they were. In fact, I went several years trying to find a Van Halen album with "Walk Away" on it as that (cover) song left a big impression on me that night. But I had the bug, I starting buying *lots* of rock albums and I wanted to see more live music although it took a couple years before I really started going to "big" arena and stadium shows (ELO was my first stadium show in Summer '78).

    More than being "my first band," I got to see Van Halen quickly grow from that club show to playing the Long Beach Arena in late '78 to the California World Music Fest at the LA Coliseum in '79 to years of arena shows mostly at the LA Forum (I never missed a tour between '78 - '86). It was only the OU812 album and Monsters Of Rock stadium tour that I grew tired of them with Hagar and passed on that tour. But like keeping touch with an old friend, I saw them on the F.U.C.K. tour and haven't missed a tour since.

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    I got the Guitarworld with Eddie on the cover with Van Halens Top 50 Songs, I got it for the Randy Rhoads article as I wasn't a VH fan at all at the time, and then one night decided I'd read what they have to say about VH's songs while I was bored. So I read some articles and checked out ATBL on Youtube. From that moment on I was sold, that week I went out got and tickets for the Different Kind of Truth tour and listened and learned every song from the Dave era (Then later from the Sammy era). I listened to only VH for about 4 months solid, and they've been my undisputed favourite since. (Dave and Sammy era)
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    GREAT thread.

    I read a couple "older brother" posts, and that's exactly what happened to me. I have actually said "it's all your fault" to my big brother, Mick, who got turned off of Van Halen because I over-played them so much in the later years.

    We live in Pittsburgh and often went to Disneyworld for our family vacation, and I recall him buying a VHI tape at some K-Mart in Kissimmee right outside of Orlando. He had purchased some more throughout the early-to-mid '80s, and I certainly remember seeing the 1984 music vids on MTV and liking them at age 8. His favorite song by them was "Drop Dead Legs," which is still my favorite non-hit from that era.

    I used to laugh at Eddie and what I thought was his "dorky smile" I used to think. I even remember being afraid of "Unchained" Oakland, because I thought Dave was Ozzy due to the fringy pants and was horrified of Ozzy as a kid. My big brud's friend brought over the Diary of a Madman album and I saw the cover and that about did it for me, and the "Bark at the Moon" video shortly thereafter didn't help. I was convinced that that evil, scary fuck was going to fly from Hollywood to PA and kill me. Anyways, shit, I even remember my brother telling me that Dave was out of Van Halen and Sammy Hagar was in. As a little boy I was like, "Is that the 'I Can't Drive 55' guy?" When I heard "Why Can't This Be Love" for the first time--oddly enough in Orlando--I even remember thinking that it sounded like Dave was singing it and I was confused. What the hell? How is that possible? They obviously sound nothing alike.

    Born in '76, as a kid I my faves were (all for about a year or so, and in order): Quiet Riot, then The Crue, then Poison, then Whitesnake, then Guns N' Roses, and then Bobby Brown. Not Van Halen. I asked for 1984 for Christmas because I used to have my G.I. Joe action figures play sports (baseball, hockey, football, basketball, etc.) including professional wrestling. I had Tomax and Xamot as The Rock 'N' Roll Express and "Panama" was the theme song I used for them coming down the make-believe isle, God help me. Oh, I even used two chairs and a checker board for scaffold-matches. I.D.F.A.--I Didn't Fuck Around. Listened to the full album every now and then and liked it. Couple years later in 9th-10th grade I really didn't listen to music that much for some reason.

    Then, Christmas of '91, my older brother (once again) got a discman and a bunch of CDs from Columbia House and BMG. Some of which were Halen. I remember being in the basement and trying out this state-of-the-art compact disc player (I know, a little belated), and popped in F.U.C.K. I was like, "Oh, Van Halen. I always kind of liked them. I think this is their new album."

    When I heard the intro to "Poundcake"...it was all over. Not to be gay, but I instantly fell in love. That was it.

    Was a paperboy that year and got all their albums and learned them all instantly while delivering my route. Then months later got the t-shirt, the poster, got into Dave solo and Sammy solo, the next year I discovered audio bootlegs from some hewer I was dating, the following year video bootlegs (from Metal Edge, etc. magazine ads and later, oh boy, the Rock 'N' Roll Expo shows/Heaven on Earth).

    I even met some life-long friends during that time through my VH necklace. One even got me turned on to Extreme. He said, "You'd love 'em. They're like a junior VH, but a little bubble-gum-rock-ish." They became tied for second place with Dave solo/Sammy solo on my rating chart. That's why I shit myself when they chose Gary, of all people, as their new front man years later.

    Since then, I've only gotten worse. They're six men (and some young man now) with spandex and long hair. What the fuck?! Why are they so awesome?! After all they put me/us through in the new millennium?!

    Well, they are. And always will be. And yes, I'm this buzzed on a Sunday night. Right here, I say...

    Oh, and me and Mick saw VH in East Rutherford (by where he and his family live now) in '08 at the IZOD. We played some VH including "DDL," tailgated, and had just a joyous night. Damn good times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T.B. View Post
    They were the first live rock band I ever saw.

    I was a senior in High School at the beginning of 1977 and I was just starting to get into rock music.

    some great stories here..
    ahhh man... you've seen everything since 1977. quite jealous of that! Your eyes have seen the greatest VH tours ever. mind-blowing!

    I was a little late to the party.. .started to become aware of them sometime in '81 ... so Diver Down was the 1st record I was waiting for and went to buy new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismusicsux View Post
    some great stories here..
    ahhh man... you've seen everything since 1977. quite jealous of that! Your eyes have seen the greatest VH tours ever. mind-blowing!

    I was a little late to the party.. .started to become aware of them sometime in '81 ... so Diver Down was the 1st record I was waiting for and went to buy new.
    Ha! I didn't see them until 1993. Then Dave in '94. Then there are those who saw them for the first time in 2004, so I can't complain.
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    VAN HALEN WITH SAMMY: 8x
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    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 6x
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    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (including MIKE/MONTROSE)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
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    I'd heard of Jump but that was it, just thought they were another hair band. (VH get no airplay whatsoever in the UK)

    Around 2000 i heard DTNA in Mission to Mars - waited until the end credits to see who the band was. I was like oh those guys who did Jump? Really. Anyway picked up BOV1 in a bargain bin and discovered the rest of the CD's from there.

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    Some other kid in my music class brought in the 1984 album and put it on the classroom stereo. I was in year 9, that was 1988. The whole album ripped, I had to hear more. It wasn't long afterward that I had the entire catalogue in my collection...
    “And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys. Van Halen is an indelicate house blend of both – that’s intentionally. So I would always look forward to that reunion.” - David Lee Roth

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    Good reading!

    VHII for me. Somehow I missed being exposed to them in '78. I think I mostly played 8-tracks through a headset and ignored the radio. I've run into other things from that era that I totally missed too. But at one point I heard Dance the Night Away on the radio and I bought VHII that very day. I was a goner! Got to see their 2nd tour at the Texxas Jam in '79 and saw every Dave tour from that point. Saw them in Baltimore in '80...spent all my money on t'shirts and had to hitchhike home....drunk on tequila. Saw them at Madison Square Garden in '81....floated out of that one about a foot off the ground.

 

 

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