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 - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $16.35, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 20-Sep-2022 11:55)on September 25, 2022 at 5:40 am
VAN HALEN MCMLXXXIV (1983 German 9-track vinyl LP including the classic songs Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher & I'll Wait, glossy picture sleeve with illustrated credits inner. The sleeve shows some light edgewear and the vinyl has a few cosmetic surface scuffs)
- Van Halen - Diver Down - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $16.35, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jun-2022 16:17)on September 25, 2022 at 5:40 am
VAN HALEN Diver Down (1982 German 11-track vinyl LP, glossy red & white picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl is in near 'as new' condition WBK57003)27CR.02
- Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $8.72, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 28-Nov-2021 16:36)on September 25, 2022 at 5:40 am
VAN HALEN Why Can't This Be Love (1986 UK 12" vinyl single, including the Extended Mix and Get Up, die cut company sleeve W8740T)
- Van Halen - Poundcake - UK - 12" vinyl - £12.00, $13.08, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 23-Apr-2022 16:52)on September 25, 2022 at 5:40 am
VAN HALEN Poundcake (1991 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including Pleasuredome plus an exclusive interview recording. The picture sleeve does show ringwear while the vinyl appears in excellent condition W0045T)
- Van Halen - Jump - P/S - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $10.90, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 25-Apr-2022 16:34)on September 25, 2022 at 5:40 am
VAN HALEN Jump (Classic 1983 UK 7" vinyl single, also including House Of Pain, picture sleeve W9384)