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Will There Ever be a Van Halen boxed set of archived unreleased material??? Wolfgang says you’ll have to wait…

Wolfgang Van Halen who is the son of Eddie Van Halen was a guest on the Howard Stern show. Now that Eddie is gone, fans are probably wondering if they’ll release a Van Halen boxed set of archived unreleased material.

Wolfie here says that there are plenty of unreleased material in the vault and he says it would take forever to go through all those tapes. Yeah, EVH’s studio is pretty huge and I’m sure he has a whole library and stacks of tapes in the vault. I’m sure Eddie recorded plenty of unreleased Van Halen songs and I’m sure Eddie recorded a bunch of riffs and guitar licks for ideas and stuff.

Eddie probably threw that stuff in the vault ’cause he thought they were no good but I’m sure there are some amazing stuff in there. There’s gotta be instrumentals he wrote that were way more impressive than “Eruption”. I’m sure he wrote plenty of unreleased Van Halen material that were meant for the band to play and for David Lee Roth and even Sammy Hagar to sing over. I’m sure there’s tons of unreleased material through every era of Van Halen.

Wolfie probably has access to Eddie’s private vault but it would take hours to listen through all that stuff. I can understand. Someday it could happen, we’ll have to wait I guess.

Kev

Is Cardi B’s hit “WAP” the most offensive song right now??? Yes, absolutely…

Out of curiosity, I had to look up the lyrics to the Cardi B hit “WAP” and then I listened to the song on youtube about halfway through and then stopped. The song is very dirty and sexual. Very inappropriate and overly offensive, yet it’s a hit in the music industry. I believe the song is still in the Top 10 in the Billboard hot 100 charts.

Geezer Butler the bass player of Black Sabbath is even disgusted by it ’cause he had a little something to say about it:

““A friend of mine didn’t know what the song was about,” Butler continues, “but his 10-year-old girl was singing it. I was, like, What?! To put it on [an] album, fair enough. But to put it out as a single? That’s a bit much. Then again, I’m 71. A bloody old goat!””

https://www.loudersound.com/news/black-sabbaths-butler-isnt-feeling-cardi-bs-wap-its-disgusting

Geezer is not wrong, though. It really is inappropriate for the music industry to release a song like that as a hit single.

Although, songs with dirty, sexual and explicit lyrics is nothing new… a rap group named 2 Live Crew did a song about “Pussy” and remember, they sparked a lot of controversy when it was released back in the 80’s, I think???

There were bands and artists that were able to write sexual songs but not make it in an explicit direction… for example, Ac/Dc “You Shook Me All Night Long”. That song was a very sexual song ’cause it’s a song about sex, yes but at least they wrote it in a family friendly way and not make it offensive. Kiss also wrote sexual songs but wrote them in a family friendly direction.

The industry releasing a song like Cardi B’s “WAP” is no surprise ’cause the industry is all about rap music with sex, drugs and violence all over the lyrics. Songs like those are big hits nowadays and it’s sad.

It’s sad that kids listening to music like that. Why can’t kids listen to real music like rock n’ roll and metal? Nope. They’re all about listening to garbage like country, pop and rap music. Honestly, I do like some country but not a lot of today’s stuff although I do think Luke Combs is actually pretty good.

The music industry continues to suck. It’s hard to find good music but I still find some good stuff, though.

Kev

Ac/Dc’s new album “PWR UP” is great… “Demon Fire” best song off the album, though…

So the new Ac/Dc album “PWR UP” just came out today. I didn’t buy the album yet but I will. I listened to the whole album on the Ac/Dc official youtube channel and it’s a great record. Probably the best new album they’ve done since “The Razor’s Edge”.

I liked every song on “PWR UP” but I think the best tune is “Demon Fire”. Demon Fire is actually a little different sounding… kind of have that Bon Scott feeling a little bit. It’s the tightest and heaviest song on the album. The riffs are great and Brian’s voice is on fire in that tune. “Code Red” is another badass tune.

The boys in Ac/Dc still got it even though they went through some stuff over the last several years. Brian still got it even though he got some major hearing loss.

Will this be the final Ac/Dc studio album? A lot of speculation about that but I doubt this will be the final one. I predict they’ll keep going until they can’t do it anymore. Age is just a number, you’re never too old to rock. As long as you can still do it, why not?

Kev

Ac/dc… admittedly the Bon Scott Era is definitely 10 x’s way better than Brian johnson… that Era was definitely incredible stuff!!!

When it comes to the band Ac/Dc, I’ll have to admit it and agree with most everyone that the Bon Scott era of that band is definitely 10 x’s way better than Brian Johnson. On my Ipod Touch, I now own all 5 Bon Scott Ac/Dc albums… “High Voltage”, “Dirty Deeds”, “Let There Be Rock”, “Powerage” and “Highway To Hell”. All 5 are pretty amazing albums, they are all fucking mind blowing.

Back then, Ac/Dc had that energy and they were tight as hell back then. Bon was a great rock vocalist too. A lot lately I find myself listening to the Bon Ac/Dc albums more than the Brian Johnson era. Not sure why, maybe it’s cause Bon’s voice makes Ac/Dc songs sound better.

I can understand why people aren’t so crazy about the Brian Johnson stuff ’cause his era of Ac/Dc is a bit on the pop/rock side and most people aren’t into Brian’s scratchy singing much. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Brian Johnson era but I think the best Ac/Dc album with Brian on the lead vocals is believe it or not, “The Razor’s Edge”. That was the one Brian album that actually had the Bon Scott feeling if that makes sense. I can easily hear Bon singing the lead vocals to “Thunderstruck” and still would have sounded amazing either way.

I’ve been listening to the Bon Scott era albums on my Ipod at the gym a lot lately ’cause listening to Bon era Ac/Dc helps get me fired up on the weightlifting.

What is my favorite Bon era Ac/Dc album??? I love all 5 of them like I said but I would think “Powerage” is probably the best one, in my opinion. I listen to “Powerage” the most, honestly. It’s just a great and fucking badass album. Has some of Brian and Angus’s best guitar playing too. I can rock out to songs like “Rock n’ roll Damnation”, “Riff Raff” and “Sin City” all day.

I’ve always listened to Ac/Dc over the years, just mostly the Brian Johnson stuff. Now I’m getting into the Bon stuff finally which is way more addicting to listen to.

Kev

Jimmy Page reveals that Led Zeppelin were going to make a way more heavier and riffier rock album after “In Through The OutDoor”…

Jimmy Page has a new book coming out and to help promote it, he just did an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Jimmy just revealed that Led Zeppelin WAS on the verge of making their 9th studio album before John Bonham died. They were going to make their follow up to “In Through the Outdoor” but after Bonham died, the band split up. Anyhow, Jimmy and John Bonham were in discussions at the time making plans of their next album after “In Through The Outdoor”. Jimmy revealed that Led Zeppelin were going to make an even heavier and riffier Led Zeppelin album. They wanted to make their next album a lot harder than “Presence”. They wanted the riffs to be a lot trickier.

With an album like “In Through the Outdoor” being a totally different album than the albums they did in the past, I guess they wanted to rock out loud again. “In Through the Outdoor” was kind of a mellow and soft album with all the keyboards and pianos and stuff. It was different.

Just imagine if John Bonham didn’t die and they made that heavy album Jimmy was talking about. It would have been cool to hear ’cause Led Zep is best when they are loud and heavy. Jimmy says the next album would have been a lot heavier but too bad it didn’t happen.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/jimmy_page_speaks_on_direction_he_wanted_to_take_led_zeppelin_in_before_john_bonhams_death__type_of_drumming_he_was_into.html?fbclid=IwAR1aOd76y-lQrSAHy_-RoyqJOWXjpGDBjT48lcShGlYU4VUfYQ4xV4inLXg

I can picture in my head of what that album would have sounded like… Jimmy banging away heavy riffs with distorted guitars with John banging on the drums, Robert’s usual screaming vocals and John Paul Jones trying to stay in the pocket with his bass and also adding some organ/keyboards like usual.

If John didn’t pass on, I’m sure Led Zep would have continued.

Kev

Instrumental shred guitar music is still alive and well, believe it or not…

Some may make the mistake of thinking that instrumental shred guitar is “dead” but in reality, it’s still here. The genre is still alive and well. It may not be big and mainstream like it was in the 80’s but shred guitar is still huge and successful.

I first got turned on to shred guitar when I was young and it was Joe Satriani’s “Surfing With the Alien” which was the first shred guitar album that I ever heard. It was my guitar teacher in the past who recommended me that album so I took it and I was hooked to that album. It’s a masterpiece of a shred album and I got hooked to Joe Satriani music ever since.

Of course, I try to listen to other guitar shredders like Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Al Di Meola and guys such as those but Joe Satch will always be my favorite.

One thing for sure, though, I’m so sick and tired of people saying “shred” guitar music is boring. Just a bunch of fast notes, just noodling and never sounds musical. I laugh when people make that argument. I try to listen to all the shred guys listed above and they all sound very “musical” to me. Playing shred can sound musical and tasteful.

I’ve been listening to instrumental shred guitar for years ever since I was in my 20’s and still do listen to that genre today. While a lot of the old shred guys are still releasing new albums even to this day, there are a bunch of new up and coming shredders… like Tosin Abasi (who plays in Animals as Leaders and I love that band), Nita Strauss and Lari Basilio to name a few. I’m sure there are plenty more of new shred guitarists that are around but can’t think of ’em right now.

Anyhow, I love instrumental guitar music. Always had. It just relaxes me, ya know? It’s fun and enjoyable to listen to. One day I would love to start making instrumental guitar music myself ’cause I always wanted to. Maybe that’s what I was meant to do all along, ya know? I was never the best singer in the world, I just did it for fun but I don’t have to sing if I don’t need to. Not saying I’ll give up singing but I just want to try writing instrumental guitar music myself some day. Make my own backing tracks and just jam along to it and see what I come up with.

Shred guitar is still around. Before the pandemic hit, shred guitarists go out on tour and still sell out shows all the time. Even if there’s no live music, these shred guys keep coming out with new records which is great. People still love this stuff. The new Joe Satriani album, “Shapeshifting” is really good, though… and can’t stop listening to that one. The new John Petrucci solo album, “Terminal Velocity” is an excellent record too and there’s plenty of shred on that album.

I still buy shred albums even to this day ’cause I just love that type of guitar playing. Yeah, admittedly, I do want to become that guitar player myself and really working on it. It’s a slow process but the more you keep at it, you will get there.

Kev

What will happen to Eddie Van Halen’s massive Guitar & AmP collection? His home Studio As Well…

With Eddie Van Halen being gone now, I’m sure a lot of musicians and music lovers are now wondering what’s gonna happen to his massive guitar and amp collection. What’s gonna happen to his homestudio which he named it 5150???

Nobody knows yet whether or not Eddie wrote a will before he passed and I’m sure he did. I’m sure he picked someone important to him where he’ll pass most of his belongings to.

When it comes to a guitar master like Eddie Van Halen, you can imagine that he would have a massive guitar and amp collection… all probably stored at his 5150 studios at his home. Eddie wasn’t shy showing off his home studio over the years as he has giving tours and allowed other musicians to hang with him in there. A lot of famous guitar virtuosos have their own home studios… a lot of their studios look perfectly clean and they have all sorts of state of the art and expensive music gear all over the place. You would think EVH’s homestudio would be the same but not really…

Eddie’s studio was kind of a shithole, lol… look through youtube and pics of that for proof. In Eddie’s studio, you’ll see guitars all over the place… there are torn apart guitar parts as well and Eddie building/repairing guitars that are unfinished… there are wires, tools, all kinds of music gear and walls of amplifiers all over that studio. It’s kind of crazy. Van Halen recorded most of their albums in there.

I’m sure Eddie would want his closest family to own his home studio, maybe he’ll switch ownership of 5150 Studios to his brother Alex or his son Wolfgang, either one of them would take over. As for who will own all of his guitars and amps, maybe Wolfgang for sure… we’ll see what’s gonna happen to all that stuff. I’m sure some of his guitars and amps will be sold to rock museums all over the United States to put on for display… especially the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and Hard Rock Cafes.

We’ll know all this stuff real soon, I’m sure ’cause this stuff will get out to the music media and the press especially magazines like Guitar World which Eddie was pretty close to over the years. I’m sure Guitar World magazine will want to know.

I’m still bummed by the passing of EVH. Can’t believe it myself.

Kev

Greta Van Fleet drops new song, “My Way Soon”… pretty awesome… digging it…

I’m really digging the new Greta Van Fleet song as well… and they don’t sound like Led Zeppelin at all this time, lmao. Even though they are trying to stay away from Led Zep comparison’s, they still have a classic rock vibe in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

They sound more like Skynyrd and Fleetwood Mac here, in my opinion. Looks like Greta Van Fleet about to release their 2nd album soon and looking forward to it. They still don’t disappoint.

First Ac/Dc makes comeback and Greta Van Fleet too? Yup… pop, rap music and country still dominating the industry but rock music is still alive and well. Rock n’ roll may not be as mainstream anymore but it’s trying to make a mainstream comeback.

I was late discovering Greta Van Fleet but now I’m a fan of everything they’re doing. Can’t wait for their next record.

Kev

Will Van Halen continue as a band after the death of Eddie???? Probably not… band is probably done for good…

We haven’t heard yet whether or not the band Van Halen is going to continue after the death of Eddie Van Halen, the band’s longtime founder, leader and guitarist. We haven’t heard from the other bandmates… Wolfgang, Alex, David Lee Roth, etc. on whether or not they plan on continuing without Eddie yet. No statement from the band yet but I’m sure we’ll hear from them soon. I think they’ll make an announcement real soon that the band will probably be done for good.

The band can make its many lineup changes as they wanted to over the years but Eddie is irreplaceable. There can’t be a Van Halen without Eddie ’cause his guitar playing is the band’s sound. That can’t be replaced.

The other bandmates in Van Halen will probably take some time to grieve of Eddie’s passing quietly and then they’ll make a statement sometime this week or later. I say whatever time they need ’cause they need to discuss privately on whether or not they should continue and they’ll probably hang it up.

While the band will probably be done for good, the music of Van Halen will live on. I’m sure David Lee Roth will continue to perform Van Halen songs in his solo career and I’m sure Sammy Hagar will continue to do Van Halen songs in his era.

Other bands and music artists will try to cover Van Halen music but they can’t copy Eddie’s sound and style ’cause Eddie had his own. Eddie irreplaceable.

Are the surviving members of Van Halen gonna put on a tribute concert for Eddie, though? Could be a possibility and wouldn’t surprise me if it happens. We’ll have to wait. I’m sure all kinds of tributes will be happening for Eddie in the future. We’ll hear from the band real soon, I’m sure.

Kev

RIP: Eddie Van Halen 1955 – 2020…

Today is a sad day in the rock music world and 2020 did it again. Eddie Van Halen, guitar virtuoso was known to starting the band Van Halen with his brother, Alex. At the start, Eddie and Alex began on the piano at first when they were little kids. Then Eddie got interested in the drums for a little bit until he got interested in the guitar inspired by his brother, Alex. Eddie would learn and practice guitar for hours when growing up. Eddie would even walk around in his home as a teen with his guitar strapped on. Yes, Eddie loved the guitar that much.

Eddie and Alex formed Van Halen in 1972 w/ bassist Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth on the lead vocals. The band released their first record in 1978 which included their hits, “Ain’t Talking About Love”, “You Really Got Me” (the Kinks cover) and their iconic instrumental “Eruption” which became their anthem of some sort.

The band became a commercially successful band in the late 70’s and early 80’s… the Roth era were hit makers and had a string of hits that everyone loves. The band went through some lineup changes over the years and had a few singers come and go. Sammy Hagar joined the band in the late 80’s and stuck with them through the late 90’s. Gary Cherone joined the band as a singer but only made one album with them, “Van Halen III”. Then David Lee Roth re-joined and released their 12th and probably gonna be their last album, “A Different Kind of Truth” released in 2012.

Eddie is one of the most respected guitarists in the history of music. If you play the guitar yourself, you were probably inspired by him. People of all ages loved Eddie’s guitar playing, even little children looked up to him. When you listen to Eddie play, you can’t help but listen and be mesmerized by him. While Eddie was known for his shredding and his two handed-tapping technique, he was also a great rhythm player too which not many people talk about. He wrote some pretty great riffs.

I’ve always been a fan of Van Halen myself. I don’t have all their records but I’ve heard a lot of ’em. I only have a very few Van Halen records in my collection but planning to get more.

Eddie was more than just a guitar genius, he was also a genius at guitar tone and sound. He always knew what he wanted his guitar and amp to sound like. He was definitely a tech genius when it comes to that guitar stuff. I’m sure he played all brands of guitars but one thing no one wants to talk about are his custom signatures that he’s known for… of course, everybody knows his custom Frankenstein guitar with those weird colors but he had other custom guitars too. He also had a few custom guitar amps most notably the 5150. Eddie worked with guitar companies to make him his own guitar signatures. Eddie definitely had a good ear when it comes to sound and tone. He took guitar sound very seriously and was a perfectionist.

Eddie was one of the reasons I play guitar myself, he helped inspired me of course. He’s definitely one of my top 10 favorite guitarists.

Eddie passed today at 65 years old after a long battle with throat cancer. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and his bandmates.

Remember when David Lee Roth said that “Van Halen is finished” and everybody thought he was crazy and never believed him? Well this is a good time for David to say, “I toldyaso”. David wouldn’t talk about Eddie’s health and wouldn’t go any further ’cause he respected Eddie’s privacy. Eddie was a very private man. Everybody knew he had throat cancer but no one knew how he was since he was so private about it. Eddie was one to never talk about his private life publicly and I respect that. He was all about the music.

RIP Eddie and thanks for the great music.

Kev