Death of Eddie Van Halen marks the end of something, not sure what

Death of Eddie Van Halen marks the end of something, not sure what
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Tales of Rock: Eddie Van Halen… There Is Only One

 

This is what a musical genius looks and sounds like.

 

 

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The First Time I Ever Heard Van Halen

The year was 1978. I was sitting with my fried Michael in the back seat of his parents green Caprice. His mom was driving and needed to stop at the Roosevelt Mall to pick something up. She said she’d only be a few minutes and asked if we could just wait in the car.

We didn’t mind. Michael asked if we could listen to the stereo while she was gone. I watched as she left the car and entered what I think was Gimbel’s department store. He pushed the 8 track into the system and hit play. He and chatted during the first song on the tape.

But then an instrumental piece came on. It was a single guitar. I had never heard anything like it. I loved all things rock and it was an extraordinary sound. At times it almost sounded like classical music to me. Really incredible playing more wild yet controlled that anything I had ever heard before in my life.

I liked it.

And then the next song began immediately following that incredible fiery piece.

I knew this song. It was ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks. But these guys had somehow supercharged it. Made it better than the original.

“Who is this?”

“Van Halen.”

“Van Halen? I never heard of them.”

“It’s my brother Jimmy’s tape.”

“Van Halen. This is really good. Crazy.”

“I know, right?”

We listened to more of the album on the way home. (Of course, at a decreased volume due to his mom driving.)

The next day I went to a local music store that had recently opened on Rising Sun Avenue in my neighborhood. I inquired the band, and the guy handed me the vinyl record album. I looked at the cover and it looked cool. I purchased it and went home to listen to it.

I went to my room and put it on. I automatically fell in love with this ‘new’ supercharged rock sound. The songs were powerful and catchy. I think ‘Jaime’s Cryin’ became my favorite, but there wasn’t a clunker in the bunch on this debut album.

I’ll never forget that day, and hearing Van Halen for the very first time. There will always be Jimi Hendrix, who broke through in the late sixties and electrified psychedelic blues. Jimmy Page, the session man in the sixties who joined the Yardbirds and later formed what would be come the greatest hard rock band of the seventies, Led Zeppelin.

But Eddie Van Halen changed rock music forever with his signature sound. Because after that first album, every guitarist that followed him tried to play like him. This fast precise sound. They all copied him. But no one could replicate his sound.

He created it and it would always belong only to him. If you’re ever wondering what a music genius sounds like, listen to Van Halen.

Thank you for sharing your brilliance with us Eddie. You’ve inspired us all.

Rest in power.

 

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Tales of Rock – EDDIE VAN HALEN DEAD AT 65

 

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Tales of Rock: Eddie Van Halen Makes Out With Woman In New Photo

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Tales of Rock: Former Van Halen Star Accuses His Bandmate of Disgusting Drug Usage

Former Van Halen frontman and current The Circle member Sammy Hagar was the recent guest of a new podcast and revealed a never-told-before story of how Eddie Van Halen had a drug meltdown on a plane in 2004.

Here is the whole conversation, transcribed by Alternative Nation.

Sammy Hagar:

“Eddie was rough in that era, that period, that was 2004 when he did that reunion? Eddie just had the cancer operation, just had a doctor that was tightening him up pretty good with a lot of interesting things.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s when him and I:

“I couldn’t be around a guy like this.”

Host:

“Way out of control.”

Sammy Hagar:

“Way too out there, and I talked about it in my book and I swore I never do it again because it’s almost like, you know, the boys club. I threw him under the bus but I threw myself under with him. I didn’t say:

“Hey, he was doing cocaine, we were doing cocaine” 

Sammy Hagar:

“He wasn’t f**king girls, we were f**king girls. So, I went under the bus with him but he was so gone during that thing that he did the craziest I’ve ever seen anyone do in my entire life. I probably shouldn’t of thrown him under so far because he’ll probably never speak to me again.

I would love to be friends with him because that’s all I care about in my life is not taking an enemy to my grave or them not taking me as an enemy to their grave. That means a lot to me. So, I’ve tried to reach out a few times but he’s, you know, he’s okay now.

I think he’s okay physically and I know he’s not whacked out the way he was. Eddie was drinking a fucking case of Smoking Loon red wine a day out of the bottle. All his teeth were gone because he had all the radiation and he had to take all the fillings and everything out. Eddie had about four teeth hanging in there, they were black and he wore a big overcoat filled with drugs and a couple of bottles [of wine] just to walk to the hotel room to the car.”

He continued:

“You know, he was just crazy. He was turning over tables, he was fucking kicking windshields out of every car we got in. We got in a G5 at forty-five thousand feetand he’s got a red wine bottle, empty.

rented G5 and bangin’ the fuckin’ window with the bottle, blasting red wine all over the nice white suits because he was so angry that everybody was so down on him because he couldn’t play since he was so wasted all the time. It was just horrible, I just hated to see him like that and I never spoke to him since then.”

 

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