A 45-year-old tape of audio from a Van Halen show at Pasadena High School has surfaced on YouTube. Recorded on April 25, 1975, the tape features the fledgling rockers performing a number of covers, including ZZ Top’s Chevrolet, Deep Purple’s Maybe I’m a Leo, Johnny Winter’s Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo, the James Gang’s Walk Away, and Edgar Winter’s We All Had a Real Good Time.
The band also play one of their own compositions, Live With Fools, which re-surfaced five years later as Fools on Van Halen’s third album, Women And Children First.
While the band had secured a position as the house band at the famed Gazzari’s Club in West Hollywood by 1974, Pasadena – where the Van Halen brothers grew up – was very much the band’s true stamping ground.
In 1978 Eddie Van Halen told Steven Rosen, “What we basically did is we just kept playing the LA area everywhere. We used to put on our own shows at the Pasadena Civic, our home town, and draw like three thousand people on a four-dollar ticket.
“This was way before Warner Brothers. So we just developed such a following that a sister of a friend at the record company heard about us and the word got around about the band.
“Finally, Ted Templeman and [Warner Bros president] Mo Ostin came down to the Starwood in Hollywood, which was really always just kind of a bad place for us because we weren’t a Hollywood band. Pasadena is really where we’re from, and that’s like San Bernardino – that’s like Bumfuck, Iowa.”
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- Van Halen - Van Halen - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.80, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jul-2021 16:07)on July 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm
VAN HALEN Van Halen (1978 UK WB Burbank label 11-track LP, the classic debut album including the singles You Really Got Me, Runnin' With The Devil & that riff on Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love', not forgetting On Fire & the tapping guitar revolution ofEruption! The picture sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl appears barely played K56470)
- Van Halen - Runnin' With The Devil - solid - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $11.12, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jul-2021 14:53)on July 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm
VAN HALEN Runnin' With The Devil (1978 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also includes the 1min 42sec guitar solo Eruption, Warner die cut paper sleeve K17162)
- Van Halen - Fair Warning - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.85, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 21-Jun-2021 11:55)on July 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm
VAN HALEN Fair Warning (1981 German 9-track LP, including Unchained and Mean Street, picture sleeve with illustrated inner. The sleeve shows minor wear and the vinyl is in excellent condition and looks seldom played WB56899)
- Van Halen - Women And Children First - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $16.68, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 08:10)on July 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm
VAN HALEN Women And Children First (1980 UK 9-track vinyl LP , the third studio album by the American hard rock group, including Tora Tora, Loss Of Control & Take Your Whiskey Home. The picture sleeve displays minor shelfwear & the vinyl remains excellent with only light signs of play K56793)
- Van Halen - 1984 - 180g Vinyl - US - vinyl LP - £24.99, $34.74, €29.24 (New Item) (arrived 07-Jun-2021 10:18)on July 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm
VAN HALEN 1984 (2015 US issue of the 1984 9-track LP pressed on 180g VINYL, remastered from the original analogue tapes, picture sleeve. This copy is still sealed in its hype-stickered shrinkwrap leaving it Mint and unplayed R1547641)