Eddie Van Halen

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Eddie Van Halen on cover of new Guitar World Magazine

In the new issue (February 2014) of Guitar World magazine, they rewind 30 years to the making of Van Halen’s masterpiece; 1984. Eddie Van Halen details how how he built his own home studio and took control of his group’s musical direction. The result was 1984, the groundbreaking album that established Van Halen as chart-topping superstars.

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  1. rawkinrobbievh1

    7 months ago

    I’ll be looking out for this issue for sure !

    “1984″ is my #1 VH album , although the entire 7 pack w/Roth is pretty potent . I’m excited to read the Jake E. Lee stuff as well . This looks like one of the best issues of GW since Eddie was on the cover for the ADKOT writeup …

    I agree with vhjack , about the Gibson/hacksaw photo . That blew my mind !!! The acoustic that Les Paul gave him was great to see as well . What a cool gift to have received from The Man himself …

  2. EVH_Erupted

    7 months ago

    I’ve been prowling the magazine stands for the issue. They still seem to only have last month’s issue, the one with the Beatles or something. I let my subscription run out months ago.

    I think FW has some of their best work, but it were shy of two filler tracks I would say it was a complete masterpiece. Preparing for incoming flak in 3..2..

  3. cowboydan

    7 months ago

    Just picked it up today……..what a great issue! The interview with Eddie is very cool and very detailed. He seems incredibly honest in it and doesn’t use any of his canned expressions from other interviews. Loved it. Although I would’ve like it to be longer and more in depth on each song……….but I’m sure everyone wants that. I didn’t know about the ending of Drop Dead Legs. Very cool and you can definitely hear it when you know how it was done.

    Did anyone else notice that on the cover shot, the guitar isn’t plugged in? I figured it was a concert shot, but I guess not. :57:

    The Zakk and Ozzy interview is great, too! The part about the jailhouse concert is hysterical. Might even make UG a fan of the wylde man?? :)

  4. unchainedguitars

    7 months ago

    QUOTE

    Just picked it up today........what a great issue! The interview with Eddie is very cool and very detailed. He seems incredibly honest in it and doesn't use any of his canned expressions from other interviews. Loved it. Although I would've like it to be longer and more in depth on each song..........but I'm sure everyone wants that. I didn't know about the ending of Drop Dead Legs. Very cool and you can definitely hear it when you know how it was done.
    
    Did anyone else notice that on the cover shot, the guitar isn't plugged in? I figured it was a concert shot, but I guess not. :57:
    
    The Zakk and Ozzy interview is great, too! The part about the jailhouse concert is hysterical. Might even make UG a fan of the wylde man?? :)

    COWBOY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Honest to God truth, we are down to three copies of this new 1984/Eddie Guitar World.
    We got stacks of them in (about 25-30).

    Every time we get a GW with Ed on the cover, it goes fast.
    This really tells me that Ed is certainly not an 80′s relic, because people seem to
    still want to read about him.
    He’s becoming sorta Hendrix-like.

  5. cowboydan

    7 months ago

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    on a recent podcast he was on (2012, maybe Jay Mohr or Joe Rogan) they asked him that.  He wasn't overly decisive but basically said VH1 was his favorite.
    
    and I do like how in this new GW interview 

    EVH references FW as the best representation of him and VH.

    Sorta, but not exactly. In that paragraph he was comparing Diver Down and Fair Warning, and he says, "To me Fair Warning is more true to what I am and what I believe Van Halen is." A full album by a rock band, not a bunch of cover tunes.

    WACF is my personal favorite with FW right behind it by half a tick. :thumbs-up:

  6. rawkinrobbievh1

    7 months ago

    Good to see you back , Cowboy !!!
    Someone was just mentioning you the other day – the fact that you’ve been gone a while .

    I’m looking forward to picking up this issue as well . The guitar doesn’t looked plugged in . Good call .
    It’s probably a photo from the making of the “Jump” video ??? The clothes/hair seem to match .

    What was the “Drop Dead Legs” part you mentioned ?

  7. cowboydan

    7 months ago

    Good to be back!

    EVH: "The ride out lick that I play on the last minute and a half of "Drop Dead Legs" came afterward. We had already finished recording the song, and then I came up with that part, which I thought would sound great at the end of the song. I'm not sure how Donn put it together, but we recorded it separately and added it to the end of the song, even though it sounds like it was recorded at the same time. The ride out solo was very much inspired by Allan Holdsworth. I was playing whatever I wanted like jazz - a bunch of wrong notes here and there - but it seemed to work."

  8. cowboydan

    7 months ago

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    COWBOY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    
    Honest to God truth, we are down to three copies of this new 1984/Eddie Guitar World.
    We got stacks of them in (about 25-30).
    
    Every time we get a GW with Ed on the cover, it goes fast.
    This really tells me that Ed is certainly not an 80's relic, because people seem to
    still want to read about him.
    He's becoming sorta Hendrix-like.

    Agreed……….he’s not a relic, he’s a LEGEND!!!

  9. rawkinrobbievh1

    7 months ago

    Thanks , Dan .
    That’s pretty wild stuff . More magic from Eddie and Donn !!!

  10. Nick AVH fan

    7 months ago

    I got a chance to read it today, I have to say it exceeded my expectations. I thought it was just going to be a rehashed interview but it turned out to be brand new. I really enjoyed Eddie’s comments on the album and on studio 5150.

  11. rawkinrobbievh1

    7 months ago

    Awesome !!!

    What did it have on Jake E. Lee ?

  12. vhfanjack

    7 months ago

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    Awesome !!! 
    
    What did it have on Jake E. Lee ?

    How he didn’t want to become an 80s relic, how him and Ozzy had nothing in common, how his new group came to be, how he converted a Fender into his “Charvel” and how he was in Ratt in their club days.

    Cool stuff.

  13. rawkinrobbievh1

    7 months ago

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    How he didn't want to become an 80s relic, how him and Ozzy had nothing in common, how his new group came to be, how he converted a Fender into his "Charvel" and how he was in Ratt in their club days.
    
    Cool stuff.

    Jake was “my main man” right around when I started getting heavily into VH . His playing/look/attitude simply floored me !!!

    Thanks for the info , vhjack . Can’t wait to grab the new issue of GW . Eddie and Jake ? Holy sh*t …

  14. rawkinrobbievh1

    7 months ago

    Picked it up today .
    Wow , what a great issue . I loved the EVH stuff . Lots of great pics and insightful comments .

    The Jake E. Lee article was also a blast to read . He really has been sorely missed . I love his devil=may-care attitude to the whole guitar hero and popularity thing . It was funny to read his comment about sharing solos in Ratt w/Robin Crosby (RIP) .

    I’m impressed by this one . GW has been a tad lacking for me lately …