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    UGLY KID JOE's WHITFIELD CRANE Remembers The Time EDDIE VAN HALEN Gave Him His Socks Right Off His Feet

    December 17, 2023

    During an appearance on the "Life In The Stocks" podcast, UGLY KID JOE singer Whitfield Crane reflected on the time legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen gave him a pair of his socks right off his feet.

    He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "[We were on the road in Europe in 1995, and] the tour was awesome. It was soccer stadiums and it was mainly UGLY KID JOE, VAN HALEN and BON JOVI who was selling the tickets. And sometimes they would have THE PRETENDERS on it, sometimes Slash would be there.

    It was just a trippy, awesome tour. And we had a record out from 1995, it was called 'Menace To Sobriety', and we were that, and we were dangerous and fun. It was right before everything was gonna go bad; it was when it was still good. And we're out there, and the tour is cool. Eddie Van Halen's the greatest.

    Those guys were so fucking cool. It was great. Ed was sober, but we weren't. And during like Ed's solos — remember, I had posters of this dude on my wall plastered with Eddie Van Halen. And so during the shows, during Eddie's ripping leads, Michael Anthony would go like this, 'Come here,' be on the bass cab.

    And I don't drink whiskey, 'cause it's not a good idea, but Michael Anthony would be all [chugging it down], and I'd be all, 'Right on.' There's the whole 80,000 people, but Eddie Van Halen would walk and look at you and go, [imitates guitar noodling], and do this rad shit. And I'd be, like, 'Wow.' And this was every day. I have no documentation of it — sadly — but it happened, and it was awesome.

    "Now BON JOVI had this great woman named Spanky, I believe her name was, and she was the wardrobe gal," he continued. "So if you could make friends with her, you could get clean clothes. That was my main mission.

    So I made friends with her, and she was super rad. I'm all, 'Good. I've got some clean clothes.' 'Cause that's the dream on tour. Just so you know, your dream on tour is clean socks, clean clothes and get going. On club tours, like just in normal club things, there's a thing called a rider.

    You could get Skittles, you could get beers, you could get bread, you could get vegan food or you could get whatever you want. But one of the things I've gotten over the years, 'cause I was told by some of my friends that I consider smart — socks. Socks are an incredible thing to have.

    Because if you're just feeling disgusting and you put on a nice pair of clean socks, you feel awesome. You're, like, 'All right. This is radical. I'm almost clean.' No, but I'm serious. Socks are awesome. I like clean socks. Everybody does. Think about it…"

    Crane added: "[Jon] Bon Jovi is a fucking super-cool dude. He took us on this great tour. We're not gonna be able to do soccer stadiums [on our own]. Jesus Christ. It was awesome. But anyway, on the rider, I put 'socks'.

    And guess what wasn't on the rider when we got backstage. Socks. And I was, like, 'Fuck, man. No socks.' It's not that big an ask. We're not asking for like some crazy thing. We want socks. Nobody really wants socks but me, by the way. No one cares about it. They're all, 'Shut up with your sock shit.' I'm, like, 'These motherfuckers should give us socks.' And everybody was, like, 'Shut up.'

    I'm all 'socks, socks, socks.' It's true. I was insane. Anyway, on that tour, we played [Germany's] Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park [festivals], which there was a bunch of bands on those shows, but all the bands that we were friends with were there — VAN HALEN was there, BON JOVI was there, whatever.

    And Eddie Van Halen would come hang out, and his brother would come hang out, and we would just kind of hang out. We're hanging out backstage, and I'm still whinging about socks.

    Eddie sits next to me. He has his guitar and he's dicking around his guitar. He's, like, 'How's it going, guys?' And I'm all… No one wants to hear me say socks one more time, but I'm gonna fucking be relentless. And I'm all, 'Fucking Bon Jovi.'

    And Eddie's, like, 'What happened? What did he do?' And I'm, like, 'He won't give me socks.'

    And Ed goes, 'What? He won't give you socks?' 'No, man. I asked on the rider. Guess what, Ed?'

    He said, 'What?' I'm, like, 'No socks.'

    And he goes, 'Fuck that', and jumps up on the table, takes off his shoes, pulls his socks off and gives me his socks.

    And I proceed to take my shoes off, put on Eddie Van Halen's socks, strap in and go play a rock show."
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    I love this story! Eddie! An amazing feat!
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    But you are life and you
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    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
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    Difficult read. Poorly written... That said:



    This was a funny song/video...

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    Or, maybe be an adult and pack your own socks for a trip to Europe.
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    Definitely wouldn't accept a sock from the RHCP guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Definitely wouldn't accept a sock from the RHCP guys!
    Jock sock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Definitely wouldn't accept a sock from the RHCP guys!
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    Jock sock.

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    I hate everything about socks

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    What a rock and roll story!!
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    Well at least it wasn’t a story about Underwear

    Where the socks striped

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    Default Scraping the bottom of the barrel for VH stories...

    Maybe they ignored your rider because you were the opener for 2 or 3 other bands? Just sayin'...

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    Next headline: Slaughter bassist Dana Strum remembers when Eddie Van Halen gave him a toothpick.

    "We were on tour, and I just had lunch when I noticed that I had some food stuck in my teeth. I was so bummed. Then out of nowhere, Eddie Van Halen, walks by and gives me a toothpick. He was the sweetest, most thoughtful person I had ever met. A few weeks later, I heard a knock on my dressing room door and there he was -- Eddie! He told me he had a surprise for me...you know, with that classic Eddie grin. He then revealed a whole box of toothpicks! I was blown away. Not only was he the greatest guitarist ever, but a great person. I still have that box of toothpicks and always look at it for inspiration when I'm having trouble nailing down a new bass groove. What a loss....RIP Eddie!"
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    Another fascinating story about EVH saving the day. What would they do without him.

    Socks.

    I know if I met EVH that's the first thing I'd mention. Socks.

    Im curious to see a picture of the Spanky chick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashe View Post
    Next headline: Slaughter bassist Dana Strum remembers when Eddie Van Halen gave him a toothpick.

    "We were on tour, and I just had lunch when I noticed that I had some food stuck in my teeth. I was so bummed. Then out of nowhere, Eddie Van Halen, walks by and gives me a toothpick. He was the sweetest, most thoughtful person I had ever met. A few weeks later, I heard a knock on my dressing room door and there he was -- Eddie! He told me he had a surprise for me...you know, with that classic Eddie grin. He then revealed a whole box of toothpicks! I was blown away. Not only was he the greatest guitarist ever, but a great person. I still have that box of toothpicks and always look at it for inspiration when I'm having trouble nailing down a new bass groove. What a loss....RIP Eddie!"
    Then after that....

    The Trixie drummer will share his heartwarming story about EVH giving him a box of Q Tips to clean his ears.

    Then the Winger bass player will tell his story about EVH buying him a big 12 pack of toilet paper.

    Then the Faster Pussycats will praise EVH for the time he spat in their face at the Whisky Go Go & how it inspired them to write a hit song.

    Then the White Tiger will share their story of EVH inspiring the stripes on their White Tigers logo.

    Then the Tigers Of Pang Tang will share their heartwarming story about the time EVH bought them a box of Tang Orange Drink .

 

 

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