(hennemusic) Van Halen were the focus of an hour-long TV special broadcast in Japan on Tuesday and video is now streaming online. BS-TBS' "Song To Soul" series sat down for a brand new, exclusive interview with David Lee Roth and Eddie and Alex Van Halen at Dave's house, in a session that was filmed just two weeks ago.
The special also includes interviews with Van Halen producer Ted Templeman, Guitar World Editor in Chief Brad Tolinski and Margo Nahas, the creator of "1984" album cover. "Song To Soul" explored the groundwork of the band's early beginnings and the path they took through the first five albums before they released the massive 1984 smash, "Jump."
"I actually wrote it on a Prophet 10 and everytime I got the sound I wanted, the thing would start smoking," explained Eddie. "So I got rid of that one, bought an Oberheim OB-Xa. That sound actually did not exist. We made that sound popular. All synthesizers after 'Jump' came out, came with that sound in it."
"Jump was actually recorded on the first or second take, [and it] was the record version," says Alex. "And then you spend another hundred takes to justify why it was so easy to record in one time. And that goes to demonstrate how people really get in the way of the creative process; your own ego wants to be in there and justify why it's so good."
Read more and watch it here.