David Lee Roth: Crazy from the Heat

David Lee Roth’s 1997 book “Crazy from the Heat” is a brilliant look into not only the life of the legendary rock star, but also how his mind works. Roth is a deeply insightful man, and intelligent. His journey has been a collection of experiences, not merely a drug-fueled life spent in hotel rooms. It [...]

Ted Templeman gets his well deserved biography.

Legendary record producer Ted Templeman is a familiar name to those of us who eagerly read the back of all our favorite albums in the seventies and eighties. Working for Warner Bros Records (now just Warner Records) Templeman was the man behind the sonic goodness of acts like the Doobie Brothers, Montrose, Van Halen, Aerosmith, [...]

The Steinberger headless guitar…no more mystery.

A little over a year ago I acquired a Steinberger Spirit. You know, the “headless” guitar that seemed so alien when it came to fairly widespread attention back in the eighties. Thanks to prominent players like Eddie Van Halen, and Geddy Lee (Steinberger Bass) amongst others. However even today it still remains a bit of [...]

Will Van Halen release more archive material ?

Van Halen has famously been tight lipped over the course of their long career. In addition to infrequently recording albums, they have also shied away from extensive box sets. While many bands cash in on remastered editions of previous albums by including bonus tracks, previously unreleased songs, and even behind-the-scenes footage, Eddie and company have [...]