Infinite sadness. And like Neils passing, the local radio station out here is now playing Van Halen for the rest of the day.
I grew up on the DLR version of Van Halen. Van Halen II "Light Up The Sky" was some of their most raw hardcore stuff. Well at least before Hot for Teacher, Jump, and Panama. Dave's falsetto had a distorted guitar sound that fit with what Eddie was doing. The Sammy Hagar version didn't do it for me.This demo from 1976 is worth a listen. For those more youthful than me, most of this is really high quality for a demo at any level in 1976!
What's crazy about that demo is that it had songs and parts that would find their way into their catalog 6 albums into the future! Pretty sure that the Complete Zero collection is actually a collection of the Gene Simmons sessions & 1 or 2 early demos.Funded by Gene Simmons, who reportedly still owns the tapes.
Allegedly, they recorded 28 songs in 2 hours. !!!!!!