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Van Halen: Monsters of Rock, Castle Donington

Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, Summer 1984

I'D BEST COME clean, 'fess up that the Edward Van Halen Four were the sole reason I schlepped up to this denim'n'leather version of Dante's Inferno at all. This is the band that started life as just another hard-rock stud brigade on the Sunset Strip when all around them was either crewcut nihilism or skinny peroxide ties. Today they are star-spangled successors to the throne vacated by Led Zeppelin.

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