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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Final Performance of Eddie Van Halen

Badlands of Indiana (October 21, 2020) - Eddie Van Halen, the mesmerizing lead guitarist for Van Halen who inspired countless future musicians to pick up the instrument during the arena rock era of the late 1970's, the 1980's and into the 90's, passed away this month at the age of 65.

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Footage of Eddie Van Halen's final show with Van Halen is now available to watch on YouTube. The 21 song set includes an over the top guitar solo from the late guitarist was uploaded by user Greg L, who matched footage taken of the event from multiple angles with audio from the soundboard. 

The concert took place on October 4, 2015, and was the second of two shows Van Halen played at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their summer tour that year. The tour was their third since reuniting with front man David Lee Roth in 2007.

Check out the concert's full set list below:

  1. Light Up The Sky 
  2. Runnin’ With The Devil 
  3. Romeo Delight 
  4. Everybody Wants Some!! 
  5. Drop Dead Legs
  6. Feel Your Love Tonight 
  7. Somebody Get Me A Doctor 
  8. She’s The Woman 
  9. I’ll Wait 
  10. Little Guitars 
  11. Dance The Night Away 
  12. Beautiful Girls 
  13. Women In Love… 
  14. Hot For Teacher 
  15. Dirty Movies 
  16. Ice Cream Man (John Brim cover) 
  17. Unchained 
  18. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love 
  19. You Really Got Me (The Kinks cover) 
  20. Panama 
  21. Jump

The video has been viewed over 89,000 times since being uploaded on October 14. You can watch it in full below.

Thankfully, high-quality footage of Van Halen’s final public performances, which took place at the outdoor Hollywood venue on October 2nd & 4th in 2015, is still available for fans to enjoy.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Kassi Ashton Partners With Harley Davidson

Badlands of Indiana (October 8, 2020) - Missouri-born country talent Kassi Ashton has released a new song title “Black Motorcycle.” It coincides with the announcement of the MCA Nashville artist’s partnership with the Harley-Davidson motor company as one of its brand ambassadors. 

The track "Black Motorcycle" captured the company’s imagination when Ashton performed it for several employees in Milwaukee Wisconsin last year. “I grew up on motorcycles and to me they’ve always felt like freedom mixed with a tiny bit of discipline,” she says. “Part of what drew me to motorcycles, was not just that Dad always had one and Mom was always on the back of one – it was that when Dad would pick me up on the back of his motorcycle, it was this freeing moment to breathe.”

Ashton and her father visited the Harley-Davidson Museum last November and were treated to a private tour of the H-D archives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Speaking about the song, Kassi says of “Black Motorcycle”: “I’ve always in my head kind of considered my music motorcycle country. I like music with weight at the bottom. That’s freeing and moving, but still sits down here”. “Part of my love for that being gritty and bottom-ended comes from the sound of a motorcycle. When you sit on it and it rumbles through you – I want the music to do the same thing.”

She was described by Rolling Stone as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head.” 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Led Zeppelin Handed Victory

Badlands of Indiana (October 6, 2020) - British rock band Led Zeppelin on Monday effectively won a long running legal battle over claims it stole the opening guitar riff from its signature 1971 song, “Stairway to Heaven.”

The band, one of the best-selling rock acts of all time, was handed victory after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, meaning that a March 2020 decision by a U.S. appeals court in Led Zeppelin’s favor will stand.

Lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page had been accused in the six-year long case of lifting the riff - one of the best-known openings in rock music - from a song called “Taurus”, written by the late Randy Wolfe of the U.S. band Spirit.

Wolfe, who performed as Randy California, drowned in 1997, and the case was brought by a trustee for his estate. It has been one of the music industry’s most closely watched copyright cases, potentially exposing Plant and Page to millions of dollars in damages.

Led Zeppelin was the opening act for Spirit on a U.S. tour in 1968, but Page testified in a 2016 jury trial in Los Angeles that he had not heard “Taurus” until recently.

The Los Angeles jury found the riff they were accused of stealing was not intrinsically similar to the opening chords of “Stairway to Heaven.”

Lawyers for Wolfe’s estate and for Led Zeppelin could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.


Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65

Santa Monica, California, USA (October 6, 2020) - The iconic guitarist and founder of his eponymous rock band lost his battle with throat cancer. Van Halen’s son Wolfgang shared a touching memorial to his father on Tuesday, confirming the heartbreaking news.

Iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen rockin' it

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning."

He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift,” said Wolfgang, 29, who was the band’s bassist since 2006." “My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”

His wife Janie was by his side as the cancer spread throughout his body. He passed away in Santa Monica on Tuesday. The rocker experienced several health difficulties over the years following his cancer diagnosis. In 2019, he was hospitalized after suffering a bad reaction to his cancer medication.

Eddie was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and came to the US in 1962. Ten years later, he and his brother formed the band along with vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony.

They went on to break barriers in rock music, selling 80 million records worldwide and joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.