Van Halen! Where showmanship meets talent in one giant supernova of brilliance. For me Van Halen took everything to a new level. They had the flash of Zeppelin without all the self indulgence. You cannot listen to Van Halen and be in a shit mood.
Coming out of Pasadena, California in the early 70’s Van Halen moved from being California’s biggest party band to one of the most successful bands in the world. I discuss Van Halen a lot and the fall out with Dave and the Sammy Hagar years are all put in context. As a high school kid I was Van Halen befok, we all were, they just had the whole good times rock ‘n’ roll thing down to perfection. Eddie was a guitar god and I blame him entirely for helping me realise that when it came to playing guitar I didn’t have a fucking clue 🙂 If you want a brilliant book on Van Halen check out http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24694185-van-halen-rising