Tuesday, May 29, 2012

VIDEO: Van Halen discuss early musical inspirations

Van Halen are sharing more footage from their self-interview series.

The latest video to surface features singer David Lee Roth sitting down with Eddie and Alex Van Halen to reminisce about their original musical inspirations.

Among the topics discussed by the guys are things like the the first song that made them want to play their particular instruments and the first album they ever bought.

“First record I ever bought was Dave Clark Five, ‘Glad All Over,’ says Eddie. Originally a drummer, Ed was turned on by the song’s thundering drum sound.

“The first one I remember was a Louie Bellson record; it was a 78 [rpm],” explains Alex. “Bellson was the drummer for Duke Ellington, Count Basie…he was the first double-kick [drum guy].”

“First record I bought was The Beatles’ second record,” says Roth.’Roll Over Beethoven’ was the first song, and that had a superb impact one me, cause I didn’t know, at the time, that that was a cover tune.”

Check out the full session below.

Van Halen continue their “A Different Kind Of Truth” tour this week with shows in Los Angeles (Fri) and Oakland (Sun).

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