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    Default George Lynch in Xciter! 1979

    Adding to the mystery of why there's so little film or video of early Van Halen, I found several songs from George Lynch's pre-Dokken band, Xciter. This was taped at the Starwood, where Van Halen was discovered, in 1979.

    Whereas when I got Demo Daze I expected to hear a young Eddie Van Halen sounding like shit and learned there was never a time he sucked, this Xciter video proves George definitely got better later! He's long on the thumb harmonics and dramatic bends, short on a solo that sounds like it makes sense with the song.

    I think the singer is as good or better than Don Dokken, and could possibly even compete with Brad Delp, and the bassist sings great harmonies, too. Unfortunately, there was no Tom Scholz in this band with the tunes to put their harmonies on. And what's with the bass that's shaped like a bottle opener?


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    Very cool to find this footage! I had forgotten about this thread and just came across it while searing the forum. This goes along with seeing Mick Mars in the band Whitehorse, pre Motley Crue etc. Neat stuff to dig up.

    Now why someone didn't film VH at the Whiskey or Starwood, or hell even the Goldenwest Ballroom? Insanity... I even wish there was some old Mammoth stuff to have for the video bootleg collection.
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    George and Randy both improved greatly once they got out of the LA scene where they were both trying unsuccessfully to compete with VH. That said, if you played that solo for me and didn't tell me who it was, I would say George Lynch in less than 3 seconds. His vibrato is very unique.

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    Lynch and Rhoads were still really good, yet obviously improved by leaps and bounds once they paired up with the right band members. Both guys are among my favorite players from that scene and era.

    I remember an old bootleg cd that had three tunes said to be early VH (Mamoth days), yet was later 'proved' to be an early band of Lynch's. The Boyz, maybe?

    The tunes were Black Star, All That I Need, and Sleepless Nites.
    Cool stuff from back then.
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    I remember watching this years ago thinking, "did he do a deal with the devil"?. Night and day.

    Delp? Lets not get carried away, Art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtyBoy View Post
    Adding to the mystery of why there's so little film or video of early Van Halen, I found several songs from George Lynch's pre-Dokken band, Xciter. This was taped at the Starwood, where Van Halen was discovered, in 1979.

    Whereas when I got Demo Daze I expected to hear a young Eddie Van Halen sounding like shit and learned there was never a time he sucked, this Xciter video proves George definitely got better later! He's long on the thumb harmonics and dramatic bends, short on a solo that sounds like it makes sense with the song.

    I think the singer is as good or better than Don Dokken, and could possibly even compete with Brad Delp, and the bassist sings great harmonies, too. Unfortunately, there was no Tom Scholz in this band with the tunes to put their harmonies on. And what's with the bass that's shaped like a bottle opener?

    VH was discovered in 1979???!!!!

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