Saturday, April 18, 2015

VIDEO: Van Halen’s Jump the focus of Japanese TV special

Van Halen’s 1984 hit, “Jump”, is the focus of an hour-long Japanese TV special that features extensive interviews with the band.

The “Song To Soul” episode sees David Lee Roth and Alex and Eddie Van Halen discussing their first and only No. 1 US hit while revealing the inspiration behind the song, its lyrics, recording and influential video.

The three members sat down at Roth’s Pasadena, California home for the interview, which is presented alongside a session with Roth and Japanese media.

Fetaured guests include Van Halen producer Ted Templeman and Guitar World’s Editor-in-Chief Brad Tolinksi, who shed light on the song and the band’s influence.

“Jump” spent 5 weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in the spring of 1984, while the “1984” album went on to sell more than 10 million copies in the States alone.

Van Halen recently reissued remastered versions of “1984” and their 1978 self-titled debut as a special package with “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert”, their first live release with Roth.

The live album features a 25-song set of material from the band’s original, classic era and 2012’s “A Different Kind Of Truth”, the group’s first studio album with Roth in almost 30 years.

Van Halen will launch a North American tour in Seattle on July 5.

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