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One Of The Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Pictures Ever …
March 7, 2008, 7:03 am
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Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen – being lifted [literally] by the power of music.

I was going to write a load of blurb about why this picture totally captivates me – but I don’t think I could find the words to do it justice – so instead I’ll just say that maybe this picture was the inspiration behind his biggest hit, ‘Jump’

You may hate Van Halen … you may think they were a bunch of talentless, big-haired showoffs … but what I can honestly say is that when they were onstage, they were the happiest band I’ve ever seen – producing an energy that was as exciting as it was infectious – and in all my years of going to gigs, I’ve never come close to experiencing that combination since.

[PS: I don’t know who took this photo, but if someone tells me, I’ll happily credit it]

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i cant fucking stand van halen and the rest of the poodle rock shit you masturbate over but thats a great photo.

pity i cant look at it for more than 10 seconds before that bollocks “jump” comes into my head and makes me feel sick.

Comment by andy@cynic

I see the audience have left their seats in a frenzy of um something.

Comment by John

speaking of talentless big-haired wanker rockers (sorry fred) – toto played in melbourne tonight and my friend and i were walking by when the fan club were presenting some earnest but tacky gift to the main guy (i don’t even know his name – the one who looks like gerry garcia now). so of course we opportunity to barge in, pose next to him, take a photo and the piss out of him and kept on walking!

Comment by lauren

i fucking love you lauren, youre the “dennis pennis” of whatever the fuck it is you do. (but i love it)

Comment by andy@cynic

DLR still does it for me but I’d offer to do it to him first.
Jemma x

Comment by Jemma King

naughty jemma, naughty naughty naughty

Comment by andy@cynic

I don’t understand Andy, I was talking about flicking my hair back, what’s naughty about that?

Comment by Jemma King

dlr sounds like the name of a train which is funny because thats exactly what he sounded like in concert

Comment by andy@cynic

snappy comeback jemma

its naughty because one of the guys who started the company who keeps you in hot fashion hasnt got any hair to flick anywhere so you are intimidating and humiliating him.

ok its not as good an answer as yours but im your boss so im sure youll think its ok

Comment by andy@cynic

It’s an answer I’d expect from a genius but then that’s what you are, at least to me.
Jemma x

Comment by Jemma King

What the fuck am I Jem, chopped liver?

Comment by Billy Whizz

You’re yummy too Billy, just not as yummy as the people who keep me in hot fashion.


Comment by Jemma King

Wish you’d told me that before I spent so much on drinks last night

Comment by Billy Whizz

i don’t know whateverthefuck it is i do either andy… ha!

Comment by lauren

Not really a fan but I will always credit Van Halen for two things:

A really talented musician in a genre that quickly became image over talent.

Being daring enough to use synthesizers in a rock track and thereby opening up rock music to outside influences it sorely needed. Even if that particular track is now remembered for the wrong reasons.

Comment by Rob Mortimer

Van Halen is a name I know but not very well. The most I have gotten acquainted with him is through a mini parody series in the cartoon series Dexter’s Laboratory. However, if you say that he was literally lifted by music, then he must be more than a hundred percent immersed in the song. If only more people could translate that sort of passion into their work.

Comment by Jay, writer

I’m not sure if Eddie van Halen was being literally lifted by music in this photo, I believe there’s more chance of it being his ego but I understand what you’re saying Jay and I agree, but is it the employees or the employers issue that so mahy people don’t feel that way?

Comment by Pete

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