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A Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3

  • Feb 16, 2012
Like Kiss, Van Halen realizes the necessity of fun, energy, and entertainment in rock music. Unlike Kiss, Van Halen is comprised of real musicians. Eddie Van Halen may be the greatest guitar player who ever lived, and the band is always on, no matter who's singing.
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February 16, 2012
You're killing me with that shot at KISS about not being real musicians.  While Gene Simmons himself has said that they aren't the best musicians around, they do have some excellent studio albums out there.  Check out Hotter Than Hell, Music From The Elder, and Revenge.  Those albums represent the group at the early beginning, the experimental and broken band middle, and the "snub their nose at grunge" 90's lineup.  Plus, listen to any of Ace Frehley's guitar work on his solo albums.  The guy could play.  Also, who is noted as being the person who inspired Eddie Van Halen's playing style?  The Space Ace!!! 
February 16, 2012
I actually like Kiss a lot. I meant that in the sense that they don't create the same sense of depth in their work. Of course, it could be just me. I haven't heard even close to all of their albums.
February 16, 2012
Oh, and I actually didn't know that about Ace Frehley influencing Eddie Van Halen. That's actually pretty cool!
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Five stars to Van Halen. Three stars to Van Hagar.
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With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of ock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and effects that mimicked the sounds of machines and animals. It was wildly inventive and over the top, equaled only by vocalist David Lee Roth, who brought the role of a metal singer to near-performance art standards. Roth wasn't blessed with great technique, unlike Eddie, but he had a flair for showmanship that was derived as much from lounge performers as Robert Plant. Together, they made Van Halen into the most popular American ock & roll band of the late '70s and early '80s, and in the process set the template for hard rock and heavy metal for the '80s.

Throughout the '80s, it was impossible not to hear Van Halen's instrumental technique on records that ranged from the heaviest metal to soft pop. Furthermore, Roth's irony-drenched antics were copied by singers who took everything literally. One of these was Sammy Hagar, an arena rock veteran from the '70s who replaced Roth after the vocalist had a falling out with Van Halen in 1985. Hagar stayed with the band longer than Roth, helping the group top the charts through the late '80s and early '90s. However, the group's sales began to slide in the mid-'90s, just as tensions ...

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