The year was 1978. Brothers Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen teamed up with vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony, and the history of rock music was about to change forever. That was the same year that Van Halen would release their self-titled debut album which featured the hit Runnin with the Devil and Eddie's epic guitar solo Eruption.
Since that time, we've seen Van Halen lead singers come and go. We've also heard more about in-band fighting than original music.
Although fans will most likely never get a new Van Halen album that sounds as good as the classics, new upgraded concert footage of the band from Fresno, California is now available to view online, for free. You can check out a slew of clips by clicking here. The two shows are from 1978 and 1979 during the Selland Arena concerts, a part of Van Halen's first two world tours. The footage is completely and meticulously remastered frame by frame in HD.
— Van Halen News Desk (@VanHalenNews) April 3, 2014
You can hear tunes like On Fire, Bottoms Up, and Light Up The Sky. Yes, the concerts have been available on the web for years. However, the current clips are all excellent quality and taken directly from the original recordings.
David Lee Roth rejoined Van Halen back in September of 2013. Eddie's son Wolfgang has taken over bass duties. The band is reportedly working on a new album of original music. It would be Van Halen's 13th studio album. According to the Pulse of Radio, Roth told Jim Florentine this past February, "I was up at Edward's house three days ago, and we're starting to put music together. We're writing; I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed's place."
No official release date for the album has been set.
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