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When Eddie Loved Dave

from The LA Times

An unlikely Pasadena love story: The high-school bromance of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth

By GREG RENOFF

Eddie Van Halen shredding with his band in 1975.
Eddie Van Halen shredding with his band in 1975.(Kevin Estrada Archives)

Early in the summer of 1973, singer David Lee Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen performed together for the first time. Playing in front of an audience of buzzed students from John Muir, Blair and Pasadena high schools in an east Pasadena backyard, this embryonic version of Van Halen, then called Mammoth, blasted out songs by Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad and Cream, rattling windows and shattering eardrums while party attendees chugged keg beer.

Last week, Eddie Van Halen died from cancer, at age 65, and tributes to his transformational musical contributions poured in from around the world. But long before anyone outside of the San Gabriel Valley had heard of the band, this pairing of two aspiring musicians who had little in common save their long hair drew together a generation of hard-rock-loving SoCal teens.

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Posted on October 15, 2020 by Editor

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