#VanHalen tearing it up in Seattle, Washington on 29 September 1978 on the Black Sabbath tour.
The top photo features a great look at Eddie’s hollowed out World War II practice bomb. You can see it next to his Marshall cabinets. It stood vertically, like a missile and was mounted on wheeled casters. To be sure, the bomb was more than a stage prop; it held his echo units. You can see them sitting on little shelves inside of the bomb. Eddie turned ‘em both on when he played “Eruption.”
Also note that Eddie’s got plenty of fuel on hand: two Schlitz Malt Liquor cans, which are on top of his Marshall amps.
Adam Bomb, a young guitarist, saw the band that night and snapped the bottom photo. He recalls:
This new band called “Van Halen” had just come out. I saw them and met the guitarist, Edward Van Halen. They were supporting Black Sabbath. But while Sabbath was onstage, I spent the whole time staring at Eddie through a backstage curtain and trying to get his autograph. I ended up meeting Eddie and getting him to sign the cover of my Led Zeppelin 3 album. He wrote “Make your mama scream for me!” on the spinning wheel on the cover.
Photo Credit: Jim Dennis; Adam Bomb.
Text Credit: VHND
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