The year is 1984 and Van Halen release their 6th Album racking up millions of sales due to the crossover tune “Jump” for us old school fans we though what the F*&K Ed’s playing god damn keys in this tune. We all soon got over it when “Panama” cranked in next and proceeded to rip our heads off followed by “Hot For Teacher” Van Halen was still intact, still cranked and still the sound track to our lives …
Fast forward 12 months. Our lives are SHATTERED, the carnage and waste lay everywhere, sad times lay ahead, especially when we saw the goof ball haircut Sammy Hagar had when he joined the band in 1986
April 1st 1985 David Lee Roth announces he and Van Halen where splitting up. What started back in Pasadena back in 73-74 was over. Word from the Roth camp was, Ed was holed up in the studio playing hermit while Davie was at the gates getting more and more pissed off he was not laying down Vocals, the Ed camp says David was off trekking the Amazon with buddies and now where to be seen. In the end we all missed out on Van Halen tunes for the next 11 years with Dave up front. In 1996 we managed 2 new tunes from the original band that brought sheer thrills and goosebumps back “Me Wise Magic” is such a freakin cool song, buy it and play it screaming loud, the guitar playing alone is INSANE!
So here we are in 2009 Van Halen just completed a US tour last year grossing over $50mil with Dave back on throat duties. Ed’s about to get married again and watch his kid graduate and then they hit the studios for a new record, fingers crossed a 2010 release, if so 2010 is going to be huge for us old school VH diehards.
In the meantime while we wait for Van Halen to check back in, check out Chickenfoot Sammy’s new band Michael Anthony (bass), Sammy Hagar (vocals),
Chad Smith (drums), and Joe Satriani (guitar) they sound pretty damn good.
There ya go Pete a short summary …. No go crank some Van Halen and wind back the clock to 1984