Van Halen In The Studio For 1984 Anniversary

Keavin Wiggins | 01-04-2024

Van Halen In The Studio For 1984 Anniversary

The 40th anniversary of Van Halen's "1984" album is being celebrated by the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

Redbeard shared this synopsis: To this day I remember waking up on New Years Day 1984, flipping on the TV to watch the Rose Bowl football game from Pasadena CA, and whenever the network took a break, they were already playing a brand new Van Halen song, "Jump", from a new album 1984. That's how mainstream Van Halen had become. To truly comprehend just how massively popular this album was, it helps if you actually write it out numerically: more than 12,000,000 copies of Van Halen's sixth album, 1984, were sold in the U.S. alone in the four decades since it was released. Propelled by Van Halen's very first #1 hit "Jump", three million of those were sold in America in the first ninety days! Already America's most popular hard rock band prior to its release, 1984 propelled the Pasadena quartet of innovative guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen, drummer brother Alex, bass player and unmistakable harmony singer Michael Anthony, and showman extraordinaire David Lee Roth into the stratosphere of rock's elite with additional songs "Panama", "I'll Wait", "Drop Dead Legs"," Top Jimmy", and the video which made even MTV blush, "Hot for Teacher".

But as any high-flying throttle jockey can attest, the view from the top is exhilarating, but the dizzying height is disorienting and there's no air up there to breathe. Like water on pavement, celebrity seeks out every crack and crevice in a relationship, and when relations turn from chilly to frosty, the cracks can quickly expand into chasms. The 1984 album and subsequent sold-out tour closed that chapter on the original band, with the Van Halen story becoming a never-ending soap opera that was constantly controversial. While the facts contained in this interview remain true and accurate over time, the opinions expressed here by Eddie, Alex, and Michael clearly are a snapshot of just one of the many chapters in this saga, at a time before David Lee Roth was invited back into Van Halen, as well as before Michael Anthony was dismissed, and Eddie Van Halen would perish from throat cancer. Stream the episode here.

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