40 years. That’s just crazy. I feel old. But not too old to CRANK IT UP!!!
First…how many times have you drawn that logo?
A lot. 100s? Ok onward.
Eddie changed the guitar. On this album, it took less than two minutes for Eddie to be taken straight to the top of “Guitar Rock God”. Yes, I’m talking about the instrumental “Eruption”.
Car horns that open “Runnin’ With The Devil,” which was a mishmash of Alex’s Opel, Eddie’s Volvo, a Mercedes Benz and a Volkswagen. Then at :19 seconds in EVH just rips in. You knew that this album was going to be with you for the rest of your life.
This album topped at 19, but it eventually went diamond by selling 10 million copies. RnR needed this album. Eddie’s mind-warping guitar skills plus David Lee Roth’s dirty-old-uncle act, bombastic drummer brother Alex, bassist Michael Anthony. MA looked over as a backing singer. Just solid. They were perfect.
Sadly, today we need another “Runnin’ With The Devil”.
Great interview. Eddie picks up the guitar at 24:51. Great chat about being an immigrant too. Chasing the American Dream. I guarantee that the White Bullies that beat him up and tossed his books etc are telling stories about how the Van Halen brothers went to their grade school and were buddies…
One minute with VH in the UK in 1978