Van Halen's story Part 2

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Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. Its 1978 debut album, Van Halen—featuring guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony—is widely considered to be among the most "original" and "revolutionary" albums to "change rock and roll.
Early history and David Lee Roth era (1972–1985)
Upon its release, Van Halen reached No. 19 on the Billboard pop music charts, one of rock's most commercially successful debuts. It was highly regarded as both a heavy metal and hard rock album. The album included songs now regarded as Van Halen classics, like "Runnin' with the Devil" and the guitar solo "Eruption", which showcased Eddie's use of a technique known as 'finger-tapping'.
The band's chemistry owed much to Eddie Van Halen's technical guitar wizardry and David Lee Roth's flamboyant antics, strong points which later made them rivals. The band returned to the studio in 1978 for Van Halen II, an album similar in style to their debut. This record yielded the band's first hit single, "Dance the Night Away".
Over the next few years, the band alternated album releases and touring (see Van Halen concert tours). Their Women and Children First album was released in 1980 and further cemented Van Halen's status. But in 1981, during the recording of the Fair Warning album, tensions rose. Eddie's desire for more serious and complex songs was at odds with Roth's poppy style. Nonetheless, Roth (and producer Templeman) acquiesced to Eddie's wishes.

Le groupe qui évolua plus tard pour devenir Van Halen, était constitué au départ d'un trio connu sous le nom Mammoth faisant des tournées dans de nombreux endroits autour de Los Angeles. Le groupe comprenait alors Eddie à la guitare et au chant, Alex à la batterie et Mark Stone à la basse. En 1974, Michael Anthony remplaça Mark Stone à la basse après avoir passé une audition devant le groupe. Après cela, Eddie Van Halen et Michael Anthony chantèrent à tour de rôle.
On n'oubliera pas la fondation rythmique assurée par Alex et Michael, et c'est d'ailleurs ce dernier qui débute l'album par l'intro effrayante de Runnin' With The Devil. Cependant on note déjà l'interaction entre les hurlements de David Lee Roth et ceux de la guitare d'Eddie. Chose qui se confirmera lors des dates d'une tournée éclair mais non moins fracassante.

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