Alex #VanHalen exhorts the the sellout crowd gathered the Coliseum in #Jacksonville, Florida on 18 January 1984.
Photo Credit: Paul Natkin/Wire Image

Alex #VanHalen exhorts the the sellout crowd gathered the Coliseum in #Jacksonville, Florida on 18 January 1984.

Photo Credit: Paul Natkin/Wire Image

#VanHalen’s Michael Anthony stops to pose for a fan picture at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee on 25 January 1984. 
Photo Credit: Jim Estes

#VanHalen’s Michael Anthony stops to pose for a fan picture at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee on 25 January 1984. 

Photo Credit: Jim Estes

#VanHalen #backstage at #Newcastle upon Tyne’s City Hall, 26 June 1979. 
Photo © the great Ross Halfin

#VanHalen #backstage at #Newcastle upon Tyne’s City Hall, 26 June 1979. 

Photo © the great Ross Halfin

#VanHalen’s David Lee Roth, an #army of #teenage #girls, and one Colin Campbell, who decided to offer up a Diamond Dave smile of his own, backstage at a Stormer show at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Hollywood, California circa 1982. 
Photo Credit: Colin Campbell

#VanHalen’s David Lee Roth, an #army of #teenage #girls, and one Colin Campbell, who decided to offer up a Diamond Dave smile of his own, backstage at a Stormer show at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Hollywood, California circa 1982. 

Photo Credit: Colin Campbell

Eddie #VanHalen solos onstage at Reunion Arena in #Dallas, Texas on 10 September 1981. 
Photo Credit: Michael Korfanty

Eddie #VanHalen solos onstage at Reunion Arena in #Dallas, Texas on 10 September 1981. 

Photo Credit: Michael Korfanty

An #acrobatic David Lee Roth of #VanHalen performs at the Coliseum in #Jacksonville, #Florida on 18 January #1984. 
Photo Credit: Paul Natkin/Wire Image

An #acrobatic David Lee Roth of #VanHalen performs at the Coliseum in #Jacksonville, #Florida on 18 January #1984. 

Photo Credit: Paul Natkin/Wire Image

Greg Renoff podcast interview on Van Halen Rising.

People regularly ask me about what will be included in my forthcoming book on #VanHalen, Van Halen Rising. Here’s a sneak preview of what my years of research — including 200+ interviews with everyone from former band members and club owners to fans and fellow musicians — has uncovered.

BJ Kahuna interviews me about the band’s origins, including the “pre-Van Halen” bands: Genesis, Mammoth and Red Ball Jet. We also cover VH’s early evolution up through its 1978 breakout.

You also can hear tons of unreleased early Van Halen songs. 

Please take a listen; I think even the biggest Van Halen fans will learn new things about the band!

Please subscribe/download BJ’s excellent Rock and/or Roll Podcast here.

Edward #VanHalen onstage at the Mid-South Coliseum in #Memphis, Tennessee on 1 August 1980.
Photo Credit: Jim Estes

Edward #VanHalen onstage at the Mid-South Coliseum in #Memphis, Tennessee on 1 August 1980.

Photo Credit: Jim Estes