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 - Women And Children First - German - vinyl LP - £8.00, $10.00, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 19-Jan-2021 16:18)on January 24, 2021 at 11:52 am
VAN HALEN Women And Children First (1980 German 9-track LP, including And The Cradle Will Rock and Could This Be Magic. The sleeve has some minor wear and, aside from a few very light paper scuffs, the vinyl is in excellent condition WB56793)
- Van Halen - The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 - Red Vinyl - Sealed - UK - 7" box set - £174.99, $218.74, €195.99 (New Item) (arrived 07-Jan-2021 16:31)on January 24, 2021 at 11:52 am
VAN HALEN The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 (2019 limited edition UK/EU Rhino-Warner box set containing 13 replica Japanese 7" Singles pressed on exclusive Red Vinyl, each bearing the original Japanese sleeve art. Factory sealed from new inside its flip-top cigarette-style picture box with hype sticker intact. Hot Rockin'!)
- Van Halen - When It's Love - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 04-Dec-2020 14:56)on January 24, 2021 at 11:52 am
VAN HALEN When It's Love (1988 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including the Edit Version plus A Apolitical Blues. The picture sleeve shows a little evidence of shelfwear and small sticker residue while the vinyl appears in excellent condition W7816T)
- Van Halen - Can't Stop Loving You - Japanese - CD single - Promo - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-Dec-2020 13:34)on January 24, 2021 at 11:52 am
VAN HALEN Can't Stop Loving You (1994 Japanese 1-track DJ promo-only CD, unique release date promo only picture sleeve with details about the 'Balance' album inside, all text is in Japanese! PCS-155)
- Van Halen - Not Enough - Japanese - CD single - Promo - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-Dec-2020 13:33)on January 24, 2021 at 11:52 am
VAN HALEN Not Enough (1995 Japanese promotional only CD, with a unique custom picture sleeve with release dates & lyrics inside, and back inlay with details about the release of the album Balance PCS-163)