Thursday, August 21, 2014

VIDEO: Van Halen’s Spanish Fly performed by former Dream Theater keyboardist

Former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian recently posted video featuring a cover of Eddie Van Halen’s 1979 instrumental, “Spanish Fly”, on piano.

The track, which originally appeared on “Van Halen II”, was initially inspired by Van Halen jamming on an acoustic guitar during a New Year’s Eve party at Ted Templeman’s house; the producer had Eddie record the tune for the band’s second album.

“Spanish Fly” followed the groundbreaking instrumental, “Eruption”, from Van Halen’s 1978 self-titled debut, the tune which introduced Eddie to music fans around the world.

Sherinian got his first big break in 1989 with Alice Cooper, with whom he played and recorded for ten years. The keyboardist also performed off-stage piano with KISS on their 1992 tour before joining progressive rockers Dream Theater in 1994. Sherinian left the band in 1999 and went on to form the short-lived Black Country Communion; he is currently a member of Joe Bonamassa's touring band.

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