Rick Keene Music Scene – Paying Homage to Eddie Van Halen.

There are guitar players and there are guitar players.

If I had to choose one Van Halen song. One tune which I recall as the first I heard from the original lineup. Runnin’ With The Devil, for me,  best exemplifies the sound of Van Halen and the distinct guitar playing of Eddie.

There are many bands with more hits and a greater creative catalogue. Once Roth left  – inconsistency was Van Halen’s middle name. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing; the lone rock in a sea of unflattering roll.

When Van Halen hit the scene – it was a shot of adrenaline to Rock n Roll. Eddie’s piercing riffs and solos reminded everyone how important an electric guitar was and could be. Chuck Berry made everyone want to play guitar. Jimi Hendrix made everyone want to play with a guitar. Eddie Van Halen made everyone want to do both and loud.

Without Eddie Van Halen – the entire 1980’s invasion of arena rock and hair bands would not exist. Roth’s look and sound, no doubt, very instrumental in the creation of a new Rock movement as was the entire package known as Van Halen.

Like Jagger without Richards. Daltrey without Townshend, Mercury without May and Billy Idol sans Steve Stevens … A Rock n Roll band is nothing without a distinct guitar leading the way. A canvas for a vocalist’s paintbrush.

Eddie’s energy was infectious. His talent matched by few. His appearance contradicting the evilness, the seduction of his six string weapon. Eddie unleashing a power over both friend and foe alike. A raw talent that left noone indifferent.

Rest in Peace Eddie Van Halen.

1955 – 2020

Joe Satriani Interview

Joe Satriani is coming to Montreal on the 9th of October to Theatre St. Denis. Has there been a better guitar player to come through these parts in the past ten years?

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Satriani picked up the guitar when he was fourteen. Inspired by the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix – Joe began a foray into music which remains unprecedented …

A teacher first, many of Rock n Roll‘s greatest guitarists may not exist on the level which they sit if not for the existence of Satriani.

Steve Vai,  Kirk Hammett of MetallicaDavid Bryson of Counting CrowsKevin Cadogan from Third Eye BlindLarry LaLonde of Primus and PossessedAlex Skolnick of TestamentRick Hunolt (ex-Exodus), Phil Kettner of Lääz RockitGeoff Tyson of T-Ride,Charlie HunterDavid Turin and Eric Kauschen to name  some

Quite the impressive list of students for the man from Westbury, New York.

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Following his own tutelege with Jazz guitarist Billy Bauer and the famed Jazz pianist Lennie Tristano, Satriani has continued on in a career which has spanned over thirty years. A career which saw him get his biggest break ( exposure – wise ) playing on Mick Jagger’s solo tour in 1988. A defining moment for Joe as his status climbed immensely within the music world.

Satriani has just released a new album. ‘Unstoppable Momentum.’ A title conjured through his new-found enthusiasm. An energy gained in the past couple of years by working with different people and different styles. Something which Joe believes is essential to keeping things ‘fresh’.

Visit Joe’s Site here!

Can You Guess the Singer?

Can you guess the music star ? ( answers below ).

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The answers are; from bottom to top;

Stephen Tyler – Aerosmith
Axl RoseGuns n’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen
Deborah Harry– Blondiie
Eddie Van Halen
Eminem
Fergie
Gwen Stefani
Janis Joplin
Jim Morrison – The Doors
Snoop Dog
Kurt Kobain – Nirvana
Marilyn Manson
Michael Stipe – REM
Flea – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Iggy Pop

Top Ten Reasons why Van Halen are Tired

An enigma. Not an Enema

Although both are a pain in the ass …

This is what Van Halen have become. A bunch of rock stars who cannot seem to play together for any period of time.

The band – a term loosely used to describe the foursome – recently cancelled thirty shows due to ‘fatigue’. What could possibly have caused these men to be so tired?

Here are those reasons;

10. All the squinting to see the babes in the front row? Physically draining …

9. It’s not easy ‘ Running with the Devil’ all these years.

8. Eddie Van Halen’s son and bass player Wolfgang keeps everyone awake past ten with his ‘rock star’ shenanigans!

7. Ever since David Lee Roth cut his hair … Getting chicks requires more effort than he thought.

6. Eddie Van Halen? Ditto …

5. Roadies quit! Forcing the boys to carry their own Metamucil!

4. Roth’s swinging of his arms on stage? An exhaustive maneuver to say the least.

3. All the hot teachers from the past …? Vastly overweight yet just as insatiable!

2. Ever sit on a plane for two hours twice a week?

And the number one reason Van Halen is tired?

1. Due to cutbacks; each band member had to remove their own brown M&Ms … !

Happy Birthday to …

1938, Peter Yarrow, guitar, vocals, Peter, Paul and Mary
1948, John Bonham, drums, Led Zeppelin
1952, Karl Bartos, electronic percussion, Kraftwerk
1964, Scotti Hill, guitar, Skid Row
1964, Darryl McDaniels, rapper, Run-D.M.C.
1965, Steve White, drums, The Style Council
1980, Andy Hurley, drums, Fall Out Boy