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Jared Jernagan

Ainít talkiní Ďbout Eddie Van Halen

Posted Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 8:06 PM
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    I too have often found myself in want of entrance music... also to no avail.

    I do however throw my hands up upon entering work to receive adulation. I usually just get chuckles and eye rolls instead. Fame is such a wicked mistress.

    Having grown up several years before you but still within the boundaries of being able to rock out to Van Halen, I find that I much prefer Van Halen with Hagar over Roth.

    Not to say that I don't enjoy Roth, he is really under-rated as a performer.

    However, I think Eddie Van Halen found his stride with Hagar. His music was less frenetic and had a much more polished quality.

    (We will just ignore that one time with Gary Cherone.)

    But regardless of who fronted his band, I think we could all agree that Eddie Van Halen could play guitar.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, Oct 7, 2020, at 4:19 PM
    Response by Jared Jernagan, Editor, Greencastle Banner-Graphic:
    I'll admit, I've always shied away from "Van Hagar," as it always seemed much less fun to me. However, I did not think my EVH tribute was the appropriate place to air such an opinion.

    But your opinion and that of at least one other person I've talked to in recent days has me wanting to listen to those records again with more mature ears and perhaps reassess. I certainly have no issue with "less frenetic, more polished," as I value that in music a whole lot more than I did at 17 or so.

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