Saturday, July 1, 2023

David Lee Roth shares Van Halen 1983 US Festival documentary

Van Halen singer David Lee Roth is sharing a documentary about the band's appearance at the 1983 US Festival.

"The Road To The US Festival" traces the history of the group’s involvement at the second of two events organized by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and held at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA.

Billed as episode 2 of “The Van Halen 1984 Documentary”, producers detail how Van Halen became headliners of “Heavy Metal Day” at the 1983 edition, where they were paid 1.5 million dollars to top a bill that included Scorpions, Triumph, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and Quiet Riot.

The weekend also featured New Wave Day and Rock Day, with headline appearances by The Clash and David Bowie respectively, and, a week later, Country Day starring Willie Nelson and many others.

“The year 1984 was, arguably, Van Halen at its peak,” explains producer Alan Berry about the premise of the series. “The band's creativity and tensions reached an optimum balance – enough to keep the passion in the music but not enough yet to destroy the band. This 5-part fan-made miniseries is the result of seven months of research, interviews, and video editing.”

Pick up some Van Halen music for your collection here.

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