Source: Classic Rock Magazine
Eddie Van Halen has recalled the reasons behind his decision to build his 5150 Studio ahead of the band recording their classic album 1984.
Part of it was to prevent arguments with then-wife Valerie – but another was his admitted control-freakery and desire to stop “butting heads” with producer Ted Templeman.
And the guitar icon admits the resulting premises were far more extensive that he’d originally planned.
He tells Guitar World: “I used to have a back room in my house where I set up a little four-track recorder. I have a tape of me playing at 5am and you can hear Valerie come in and yell that she’s heard enough of that song.”
He continues: “The bottom line is that I wanted more control. I was always butting heads with Ted Templeman about what makes a good record. My philosophy has always been that I would rather bomb with my own music than make it with other people’s music. Ted felt that if you re-do a proven hit, you’re already halfway there. I didn’t want to be halfway there with someone else’s stuff.”
Eddie’s continued debate with Templeman is one of the reasons 5150 didn’t remain simply a demo studio. “I wanted to show Ted we could make a great record without any cover tunes and do it our way,” he says.
“Donn Landee and I proceeded to figure out how to build a recording studio. I didn’t initially set out to build a full-blown studio, I just wanted a better place to put my music together so I could show it to the guys. I never imagined that it would turn into what it did until we started building it.”
1984 – released 30 years ago this week – remains Van Halen’s best-selling album. It spawned the hit singles Jump, Hot For Teacher, Panama and I’ll Wait, and sales hit 12-times platinum in the US alone.
The VAN HALEN News Desk is reporting that guitarist Eddie Van Halen will be on the cover of the January/February 2014 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine and in it he details his extensive guitar collection and his fascination with the tools of his trade.
An excerpt from the story has Eddie explaining his world famous Frankenstein guitar: “What trips me out about this guitar is that when I painted it red, that made it more famous. A lot of people still don’t know that it’s the same guitar as the black-and-white guitar on the cover of the first Van Halen album. That guitar went through a lot of different phases and changes. On the first record, it had a stock vintage Fender Strat vibrato, then the Floyd came around, and then I added the dummy pickup at the neck. I kept changing it because I was tired of people copying my guitar.”
For purchase and pricing info of this issue visit VanHalenStore.com.
According to Blabbermouth.net, Faber & Faber has acquired an unauthorized biography of Eddie Van Halen, “Eruption”, by Paul Brannigan, author of the Sunday Times bestselling biography of Dave Grohl, “This Is A Call”, and co-author of the forthcoming two-volume biography of METALLICA, “Birth School Metallica Death”.
Scheduled for publication in 2015, the book promises to explore how it was the incendiary playing of the young guitarist which launched the band VAN HALEN into the consciousness of America in early 1978, and transformed the musical landscape. Offering the first real examination of a true musical icon, it will also turn up the volume on a life lived in popular music’s fast lane.
Angus Cargill, Faber & Faber senior editor, bought U.K. + Commonwealth rights, plus Canada, from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander.
“Eruption” will be published in the U.S. by Da Capo.
Grammy.com recently caught up with SAMMY HAGAR (CHICKENFOOT, ex-VAN HALEN) to discuss his new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, which was released on September 24th. He also addresses his friendship with Eddie Van Halen and collaborating with HEART‘s Nancy Wilson. Go to this location to check out the video clips.
Sammy Hagar & Friends tracklisting:
‘Winding Down’ (with Taj Mahal)
‘Not Going Down’ (with Bill Church, Denny Carmassi)
‘Personal Jesus’ (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith)
‘Father Sun’ (with Denny Carmassi, Aaron Hagar)
‘Knockdown Dragout’ (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man’ (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader , Vic Johnson)
‘Bad On Fords And Chevrolets’ (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader, Vic Johnson)
‘Margaritaville’ (with Toby Keith)
‘All We Need Is An Island’ (with Nancy Wilson, Mickey Hart)
‘Going Down’ (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith)
‘Space Station #5′ (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) *
* Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD
Hagar is releasing some exclusive track-by-track videos from the Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD of Sammy Hagar & Friends. This next exclusive sneak peak takes fans inside the story behind the DEPECHE MODE cover ‘Personal Jesus’ with Neal Schon (JOURNEY), Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, ex-Van Halen) and Chad Smith (Chickenfoot, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS):
According to the SFGate, with the authenticity of a guitar supposedly signed by MICHAEL JACKSON and EDDIE VAN HALEN called into question, authorities pulled the plug Friday on an online auction of personal belongings forfeited by Illinois’ prison-bound former congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr.
The U.S. Marshals Service began the auction earlier this week to recoup part of the $750,000 in campaign funds the former congressman and his wife illegally spent on memorabilia, furs, vacations and other personal items.
But the agency announced Friday that it was canceling the entire auction “out of an abundance of caution” because of questions about the guitar, which prosecutors say the former congressman bought with campaign money for $4,000.
“Because new information has come to light, we are taking additional steps to review all the items,” said Kim Beal, the acting assistant director for the forfeiture division of the Marshals Service.
Read more at SFGate.
According to Bravewords.com, The VAN HALEN News Desk is streaming ‘Back To School’, written and performed by Eddie Van Halen in 1983. This track is part of the musical score from the movie The Wild Life, released in 1984. Eddie wrote the entire musical score for the movie, playing guitar along with his electronic drum machine.
According to the Van Halen News Desk, Eddie Van Halen took part in a photo shoot yesterday (Monday, August 5) for “Shades Of Elvis”, an upcoming photo book that will feature a variety of the world’s biggest music stars paying special homage to Elvis Presley. More than 70 celebrities — including Eddie‘s former VAN HALEN bandmate Sammy Hagar — will appear in the book wearing/posing with a pair of Elvis‘ personally owned and worn sunglasses. Joining Eddie and Sammy in the book will be Robert Plant, Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, Sam Elliot, Johnny Depp, Elton John, Peter Fonda, Tony Hawk and many more.
“Shades Of Elvis” is a collaboration between photographer Christopher Ameruoso and Presley‘s ex-wife, Priscilla. The book will be released late November. Hardcover and e-book versions will be available.