Guitar playing can be defined as such: BEVH & AEVH. Before & After Eddie Van Halen. An unequivocal musical genius, he singlehandedly created the modern-day guitar hero, and within a few years of his debut, Sunset Blvd was inundated with music shops selling instruments directly copied after his.
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But it wasn’t all about him. Van Halen cut their teeth as the house band at Gazzari’s – the venerable night club run by it’s notorious owner Bill Gazzarri, recorded albums at the renowned Sunset Sound recording studio, and ate a lot of late-night hot dogs. In doing so they came to define the sun-drenched, carefree, and debaucherous culture of Southern California. From Melrose Ave – Ground Zero of new wave culture, to Santa Monica Blvd – future Mecca of the LGBT community, Van Halen were a curious mixture of everything Hollywood had to offer.
And it is with Los Angeles Rock Tours that you’ll see where they – and especially – changed the world.