Guitar Xtreme #131

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February 5, 2024 at 11:24 am Quote #67564

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Let’s climb into a time machine and travel back to 1984, the year Californian hard rock married synth pop. This musical vision was immortalized by Eddie Van Halen, keen on keyboards and experimentation, in “1984″, an ambitious and dense album in which the heavy riffs of his Frankenstrat combine wonderfully with the ringing textures of the Oberheim OB -Xa, a revolutionary synthesizer released the previous year. The colossal success of the album will be proportional to the discomfiture of the group which will consummate its divorce from David Lee Roth at the end of a pharaonic tour. We tell you all this story and much more!


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June 11, 2024 at 9:06 am Quote #68048

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Our story begins in 1982, when Van Halen, which had existed in its final form for eight years, was on the way to becoming one of the most important groups in rock history. The Hide Your Sheep tour, celebrating the release of the group’s fifth album Diver Down, is in full swing and enjoying massive success. From the outside, life seems like a long, quiet river within the quartet who have always managed to keep up appearances in front of the press and the cameras, but in reality, the relationships between Eddie Van Halen, guitarist with an introverted and borderline personality, and singer David Lee Roth, an exuberant character, copiously egocentric and always in search of light, have already started to deteriorate. The first tensions, which appeared between these two radically opposed personalities during the stormy recording of Women and Children First, represent on the one hand a formidable engine which gives Van Halen its nuclear energy on stage and in creation, but also a poison that eats him from the inside. Facing them both, drummer Alex Van Halen occupies the role of mediator as best he can, but also plays on the fact that he enjoys a totem of immunity when crises explode (the protection of his little brother), and bassist Michael Anthony, balanced and affable guy, team player par excellence and guarantor of the spirit of camaraderie which animated the group in its beginnings, gradually becomes the bandit of the tribe (as we will see, if Eddie could be a nice guy, he also had a darker side). It is in this deleterious climate that Van Halen prepares to painfully give birth to 1984 (or MCMLXXXIV), the album which will be the biggest hit of his career, in the new studio initiated by Eddie Van Halen, 5150. We are going to tell you this story full of tensions, betrayals and twists and turns, which will complete the divorce of the group with its singer and its historic producer Ted Templeman. Jump!


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