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    Now I may have missed this one, and if I have and it has been posted, feel free to delete. But this seems like the typical feel good story James would usually post:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Now I may have missed this one, and if I have and it has been posted, feel free to delete. But this seems like the typical feel good story James would usually post:


    https://www.vhnd.com/2024/01/12/eddi...me-how-to-fly/
    Beautiful story!
    Beauty is life when life unveils
    her holy face.

    But you are life and you
    are the veil.

    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
    in a mirror.

    But you are eternity
    and you are the mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James in New York View Post
    Beautiful story!
    Yes indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Boy Howdy. Whew. Who woulda thunk it. A black girl who likes Van Halen. Yowza. Now I've heard it all. Wow. That is truly amazing.

    Never in a million years would I have thought a black girl would like Van Halen. That's gotta be one for the record books. She must probably be the one & only in the entire world. Lord have mercy.

    It's just like Eddie said himself in interviews when he did the Beat It solo on Michael Jackson's Thriller album. Edward said he figured no one would know that he played on some black guys record.

    Pfft.....

    Ok, no more wise ass sarcasm.....

    I know this is a positive good time feeling story. I like it too. ...

    She is a wonderful awesome lady. Cool as hell. I liked most of her story & I absolutely love her old bedroom photos showing the VH posters & magazine clippings on her walls. I still have many of those to this day. Not on my walls of course they are in the storage closet. But my old bedroom looked very similar as I'm sure thousands of other VH fan's too.

    I'm not criticizing her or her story.... But nonetheless there's something that immediately picked me regarding the overall theme of the story which seemed to me just a tad bit offensive & patronizing. In the sense that Van Halen would mainly appeal to mostly only white rock fan's .


    As well as being completely oblivious to the overall scope of the Van Halen band & audience insofar as the pop culture diversity & important contribution to rock music beyond the actual bands material which was inspired by the entire band who came from a wide variety of ethnic & worldly background's without prejudice.

    Before Edward's sensational magnificent guitar talent set the music on fire there was previously another dynamite killer iconic badass rock guitarist....from Seattle ....

    Jimi Hendrix.....*cough,cough* ....

    I guess she never heard him before hearing Van Halen in 1980.

    Van Halen's road manager from 1979 to 1981 Steve Vando was black. He sometimes wore a burn victim face mask & black leather gloves which threw a lot of folks for a loop. He put DLR in a straight jacket on the 1981 tour.

    The story is in Noel Monks book. Michael Anthony mentioned it in a podcast interview as well. David wanted to fire him right away but they wouldn't have been able to replace him quickly enough at the time during mid tour. But the following 1982 tour they had a new road manager.

    Here's another fun fact....

    Edward & Alex are half Indonesian.

    Van Halen toured Japan in 1978 & 1979....I wonder how many white Rock fan's were in the audience at those shows....hmnnnnnn....

    I'm guessing most of the audience were Japanese rock fan's..... funny that.
    Dude, easy to say all this in 2024 with all the information on the internet at your fingertips. 1980 America was a different world dude. Nobody knew back then that the VH bros were part Asian. No one knew who was their road manager. All this stuff you talk about was unknown. What she is saying is - unfortunately - very believable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Dude, easy to say all this in 2024 with all the information on the internet at your fingertips. 1980 America was a different world dude. Nobody knew back then that the VH bros were part Asian. No one knew who was their road manager. All this stuff you talk about was unknown. What she is saying is - unfortunately - very believable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Oh you bastard.... please delete this post ASAP....I regret making the post & just deleted it but now see you clicked it..... please delete it...do me a solid...
    There was nothing offensive in your post. One should not fear discussing cultures and race despite today's cultural trends and obsessions with DEI.
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