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    Default Van Halen Were the Greatest Live Rock Band of All Time! -Pearl Jamís Stone Gossard

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    Van Halen were the greatest live rock band of all time, says Pearl Jamís Stone Gossard

    By Paul Brannigan (Classic Rock) 3 hours ago

    Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard pays tribute to Van Halen in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine.

    Speaking in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, Gossard reveals that the death of guitar legend Eddie Van Halen on October 6 hit him hard, and paid tribute to the Californian bandís ďtotally joyousĒ live presence.

    ďI knew Eddie Van Halen had been battling cancer for a long time, so I was shocked, but I wasnít totally shocked that he had passed away,Ē Gossard admits.

    ďI donít think there was a better live music experience than Van Halen, just in terms of hitting all the marks of bringing people together, totally joyous, groovy, light-hearted, whimsical. Van Halen were the greatest live rock band of all time.Ē

    Previously, as the news of the guitar heroís passing broke, Gossard told KISW in Seattle, ďVan Halen changed the world and thatís true originality right there.

    Nobody knows how to really play like him.Ē
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    I knew PJ's lead guitarist, Mike McCready, was a big fan. I didn't know Stone was also such a big fan, but it makes sense, lol.

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    ďI donít think there was a better live music experience than Van Halen, just in terms of hitting all the marks of bringing people together, totally joyous, groovy, light-hearted, whimsical. Van Halen were the greatest live rock band of all time.Ē

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    They sure were. Didn't even need pyrotechnics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    They sure were. Didn't even need pyrotechnics.
    They blew off PYRO at outdoor shows.

    1991 FUCK Tour. Summer Outdoor run.

    Go to 4:12 in.


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    Gossard & especially McCready are huge Ed fans.
    Last edited by NWA72; 12.09.20 at 01:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicpunk5151 View Post
    They blew off PYRO at outdoor shows.

    1991 FUCK Tour. Summer Outdoor run.

    Go to 4:12 in.

    I'm talking about the Dave era. The Sammy Era was the best, too, but especially the Dave era when they were younger.

    Yeah if I remember right pyro was used from '86-'92.
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    So many great bands that had peaks and valleys in regards to their live performances. Even the Mighty VH had some bad shows (2004).

    VH is one of my favorite live bands without a doubt and when they were on their game they were hard to touch. Off the top of my head, Iron Maiden has to be up there as well, those guys have consistently put on great shows.

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    He would be correct

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    The Who is right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippieLettuce View Post
    The Who is right there.
    Van Halen was one of the best without a doubt...but along with The Who, The Rolling Stones, Zeppelin and a a rare few others hit those same heights...diffírent strokes...all are correct and none are wrong.
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    Van Halen was a great live band, no doubt.
    There are plenty of others though. AC/DC, Iron Maiden etc..
    ďAnd what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever Ė 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 Ė thatís intentionally. So I would always look forward to that reunion.Ē - David Lee Roth

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    He didn't say VAN HALEN was the ONLY great live band!
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    Not to be cynical, but I'm constantly surprised by the folks that say they were VH fans - this case in particular. What I mean is, many of the 90s bands seemed to learn nothing from VH. Maybe that was a reaction to the 80s bands who all aped the most superficial aspects of the VH style, but I just don't see it. I guess you can be a fan and not really be influenced, but PJ is a rock band, and I was always bothered that they were always so tame, as such, and contained none of the VH ethos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James in New York View Post
    He didn't say VAN HALEN was the ONLY great live band!
    Exactly. You can't objectively call any band the greatest but obviously for these guys and their formative years, VH was that band.
    RIP EVH 1955-2020

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