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Van Halen: Fair Warning

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, June 1981

The worst thing about labels is their sticky side. But the next worst thing about them is that they attract flies, and that can put ...


America's Local Talent 1977: The Sounds of Los Angeles

Overview by Kim Fowley, Phonograph Record, May 1977

ONE DOESN'T need to write any introduction on the general rock history and geographical relevance of Hollywood. Hollywood is Los Angeles, Los Angeles is California ...

Van Halen's Back Door Rock'n'Roll

Profile and Interview by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Waxpaper, 1978


Van Halen: Van Halen (Warner Brothers import) ****

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1978

Van Halen, brand new heavy metal heroes (Oh no. Here we go again — Ed) ...

Van Halen: Platform Boots Still Make It

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, May 1978

COLUMBUS, Ohio. Van Halen, just called back for an encore, are basking in the unexpected adulation. The support band takes a bow. "Thank you Cleveland", ...

Van Halen: Van Halen (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, June 1978

LET ME TELL you about dinosaurs. No, "dinosaurs" may be too harsh a term, even if Van Halen-style rockers do find their evolutionary fulfillment in ...

Van Halen: Vague

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1978

Ros Russell spends a night in Germany posing with David Lee Roth, Van Halen's front man ...

Van Halen

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1979

Dateline Hollywood: SYLVIE SIMMONS demurely averts her gaze from the tight satin loonpants and sez: Gimme the track-by-track lowdown on the new album. At least, ...

Van Halen: Glory Or Rupture

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, July 1979

GIVE THE Yanks their due: when it comes down to being straight-ahead 'dunced out' almost beyond the realms of the hyper-crass, they take the old ...

Van Halen: Women And Children First (Warners) *****

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, April 1980


Van Halen: Remnants Of The Flesh Hangover

Profile and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, July 1980

ONE THING that's always bothered me about myself: I enjoy offending people. I've done it for years and see no need to stop. I have ...

Van Halen Gets Even With Everyone!

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, October 1981

DAVID LEE ROTH: It becomes more fun with each season. Each tour that we make, each record that we make — we know how to do ...

Van Halen: Fair Warning (Warner Brothers)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1981

THE GENERALLY accepted notion of guitar heroics holds that heavy metal is a lead guitarist's forum. Practice and history, however, suggest another conclusion. Despite the preponderance of ...

Ted Templeman: Super Producer

Interview by David Gans, BAM, 1982

The super producer talks about Little Feat, Van Halen, the Doobies, and staying sane in a world of crazies. ...

Van Halen: Diver Down (WEA)

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, May 1982

HEAVY METAL has one of the longer and more honourable traditions as a "musical influence" in rock, yet its recent renaissance is by and large ...

Cheap Trick: One on One (Epic FE38021); Van Halen: Diver Down (Warner Bros. BSK3677)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, August 1982

Wherein two highly anticipated albums refuse to be what was expected of them, proving neither fans nor skeptics correct in their assumptions. ...

Van Halen: Diver Down (Warner Bros.)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, August 1982

NOT ONLY IS this album an insult to the average consumer who will have to pay upwards of ten dollars for it, it is an ...

Van Halen: The Philosophy Of Diving Down

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, September 1982


US Festival ’83: No More In ‘84

Report by John Mendelsohn, Record, Summer 1983

AFTER PUNK, audiences weren’t supposed to pay large amounts of money anymore for the privilege of watching superstars from the length of a football field ...

The Secret of Van Halen’s Excess

Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times, 1984

IT IS another perfect day in paradise, and David Lee Roth has decided to go for a drive down Hollywood Boulevard. ...

Eddie Van Halen drops the bomb on Heavy Metal

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, January 1984

SIX ALBUMS AGO (including the one yet to be released). Van Halen issued its first record. It was dramatic, intense and bold. and contained within ...

David Lee Roth: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, October 1984

Larger than life and twice as loud, David Lee Roth is the vocalist and ringmaster of the Van Halen hard rock circus. ...

Give Us Van Halen!

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, March 1986

"YOU DO IT one of two ways: either spectacle or personality. ...

David Lee Roth: Foul-Mouthed Reagan Shocks The World

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, June 1986

IT'S FITTING THAT here in this unjust world, where rock stars regularly slander one another openly, where newspapers often present one and only one side ...

Van Halen: 5150 (Warner Bros.)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, June 1986


David Lee Roth Takes Off His Warpaint

Interview by Mark Dery, Winner, November 1986

LOS ANGELES has a mess of atavistic attractions most tourists never get hip to: Chili Cheese Fritos, Dodger Dogs, Fatburger ("The Last Great Hamburger Stand"), ...

Van Halen: OU812

Comment by Deborah Frost, Village Voice, The, June 1988

VAN HALEN'S resident virtuoso launched a zillion whammy bars and charted heavy guitar's course for the '80s. The band's high-concept ex-vocalist sent a nation out ...

Van Halen: Tales From The Crypt

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, July 1988

THE ITINERARY for Van Halen's Monsters of Rock Tour reads like a combined schedule for the Washington Redskins and University of Miami football teams. ...

Eddie Van Halen

Interview by Steven Rosen, Total Guitar, August 1995

AT 38, EDWARD Van Halen is a changed man. He's cut his locks, cut out the sauce (and other less legal intoxicants) – and after ...

Van Halen

Retrospective by Deborah Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, March 2007

THE NATIONAL Weather Service labels a blizzard as severe when winds reach 45 miles her hour, snowfall is dense, and the temperature drops to ten ...

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