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    Default Unearthed: Earliest Known VH Interview (1977, with pics!)

    Before Van Halen exploded in 1978 and started being featured in national music magazines, a small rock fanzine covering mostly local Los Angeles bands scored an interview with the lead singer of Van Halen. This interview took place backstage at the Whisky A Go-Go, in September of 1977, nearly half a year before Van Halen’s first album hit the record stores!

    Raw Power magazine (billed as “a magazine for Kickass hard rockers”) was a mostly underground publication covering punk and hard rock music, founded in 1976 and run by three sixteen-year-olds in Woodland Hills, California; Scott Stephens, Robert Olshever, and Murray Schwartz. Their Oct.-Nov. 1977 issue featured the DLR interview. Roth already had his schtick down and shelled out some classic quotes which you can enjoy below.

    We spoke with the magazine’s founder, Scott Stephens, who said young David Lee was “Super charismatic! He blew our minds. It was as if he was from another planet. He was very intelligent and charming, and was one of the best interviewees we ever did.”

    This DLR interview is historic in that it is the earliest known interview or article with Van Halen! And how cool is it that three longhaired seventeen-year-old rocker dudes conducted the interview?!

    Read the 1977 interview & see the photos: http://www.vhnd.com/2014/04/01/unear...nterview-1977/

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    Sinner's Swing! Darkstar's Avatar
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    Some day I'm gonna sign on here and see "Unearthed: Fossilized Frankenstriped Bones, The Earliest Known Evidence Of Van Halen".........cool score Jeff!
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    Very very cool.
    What is understood need not be discussed

    "Dont disturb my paradise. I've asked you once. I've asked you nice" - "SERIOUS JU JU"

    "I am in a blissful state. Dont bug me!!!" - Richard Dreyfuss "The Goodbye girl" 1977

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    That was hilarious. I give those kids credit, they handled it perfectly. What a smart ass Dave was as a youngin'.
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    Thanks Jeff. That was a fun read. I am changing my signature to:

    What are your major influences?

    "Our major influences are my cock, Schlitz Malt Liquor, fast cars, loud music, volume. You know, all the usual."
    DLR
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    "Our major influences are my cock, Schlitz Malt Liquor, fast cars, loud music, volume. You know, all the usual."

    DLR-1977

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    Well, I will say that DLR made me chuckle a couple times in that interview.

    Clever guy.
    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?"

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    Loved it.

    In fact, it seems like while nuts, DLR was more authentic than later when he was reusing all the same stuff.

    Are those the same pants he wore on the last tour?

    acs

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    very cool find and read ... Love the line ...

    New York has Television, L.A. has Van Halen, whether they like it or not.

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    Love when Dave says he hates every band they've worked with and when he says Van Halen is his favorite band. He's got this arrogance about him that's just so funny and cool.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Hausman View Post
    Before Van Halen exploded in 1978 and started being featured in national music magazines, a small rock fanzine covering mostly local Los Angeles bands scored an interview with the lead singer of Van Halen. This interview took place backstage at the Whisky A Go-Go, in September of 1977, nearly half a year before Van Halen’s first album hit the record stores!

    Raw Power magazine (billed as “a magazine for Kickass hard rockers”) was a mostly underground publication covering punk and hard rock music, founded in 1976 and run by three sixteen-year-olds in Woodland Hills, California; Scott Stephens, Robert Olshever, and Murray Schwartz. Their Oct.-Nov. 1977 issue featured the DLR interview. Roth already had his schtick down and shelled out some classic quotes which you can enjoy below.

    We spoke with the magazine’s founder, Scott Stephens, who said young David Lee was “Super charismatic! He blew our minds. It was as if he was from another planet. He was very intelligent and charming, and was one of the best interviewees we ever did.”

    This DLR interview is historic in that it is the earliest known interview or article with Van Halen! And how cool is it that three longhaired seventeen-year-old rocker dudes conducted the interview?!

    Read the 1977 interview & see the photos: http://www.vhnd.com/2014/04/01/unear...nterview-1977/



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    Quote Originally Posted by mrchristopher View Post
    My hats off to you, Jeff.
    Great work!
    Thanks. I'm glad you guys enjoyed it. I really enjoyed talking to Scott Stephens. He is one of the three 16-year-olds that started that magazine. I think it's so great that three teens published that magazine and were able to see, interview, and in some cases, party with many of those great '70s bands. VERY impressed with those guys! Teens nowadays just seem to play video games, watch movies, and mess around on their smart phones.

    I just now added a pic of those 3 guys taken in 1977, the same year as their DLR interview.

    http://www.vhnd.com/2014/04/01/unear...nterview-1977/

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    I love that Dave says "The 80s are here" in 1977!

    That's some forward thinking.

    "When I die, spread my ashes over the 80s." -- DLR

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    Damn, that was great! Just had to laugh, you know, because he was RIGHT! They did most everything he said they would. The wit!

    Love this:

    Who formed Van Halen?

    The Lord, on the first day. No, man, Van Halen was always together. You know – the Van Halen brothers – Edward plays guitar and Alex plays drums. They’ve been playin’ together for a long time. I’ve always been jumping around making a lot of noise. Mike Anthony, our bass player, lives right next door to everybody, so we just got together and decided, you know, to get workin’, try to make enough money to save up and get some motorcycles.

    Wa ha! Beautiful.

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    Dave being Dave. Gotta love it!!
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    Every person is unique...but Dave is a whole 'nother level of unique. There really is no one close to being like him.

    And somehow, he gets into a band with another guy who has a completely unique way to express himself musically. That's beating the odds. Can't say I'm surprised they sold a few records together and created a new musical style for a decade of rock music.

 

 

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