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 - MCMLXXXIV - tracklist sticker - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.45, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jan-2023 11:13)on February 3, 2023 at 7:42 pm
VAN HALEN MCMLXXXIV (1983 German 9-track LP including the classic songs Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher & I'll Wait, complete with the illustrated inner & uncensored 'cigarette' picture sleeve with angled tracklist sticker on the back in red. The sleeve shows some light scuff marks & the vinyl reveals very little play)
- Van Halen - Women And Children First - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $14.76, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 08-Nov-2022 15:47)on February 3, 2023 at 7:42 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 shelf/ringwear with a little creasing whilst the vinyl remains excellent with only light signs of play K56793)
- Van Halen - MCMLXXXIV - Hype Stickered - German - vinyl LP - £18.00, $22.14, €20.16 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jun-2022 16:23)on February 3, 2023 at 7:42 pm
VAN HALEN MCMLXXXIV (1983 German 9-track vinyl LP including the classic songs Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher & I'll Wait, hype-stickered glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl appears barely played)
- Van Halen - The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 - Sealed - UK - 7" box set - £124.99, $153.74, €139.99 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jul-2022 11:56)on February 3, 2023 at 7:42 pm
VAN HALEN The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 (2019 limited edition UK/EU Rhino-Warner box set containing 13 replica Japanese 7" Singles on black 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 - Women And Children First + Poster - German - vinyl LP - £30.00, $36.90, €33.60 (New Item) (arrived 08-Aug-2022 12:43)on February 3, 2023 at 7:42 pm
VAN HALEN Women & Children First (1980 German 9-track LP, housed in a glossy picture sleeve complete with a bonus 24" x 36" fold-out David Lee Roth poster WB56793)