Van Halen is back and, some would say, better than ever. They have rejuvenated a dead hard rock scene…pumped life into a morbid tour circuit and given me and many millions of others hope that rock and roll will not die…nor fade away.
Gone are the days when relevant rock and roll bands would visit your hometown in a monthly procession. This week Ozzy, next week BOC, next month Iron Maiden!!!!!! It used to be that way. Now all the bands sound the same, and have about as much energy as a new episode of Glee! I love American Idol, but is it a good thing they are suggesting one contestant could be the next Justin Beiber??? Do we need that? No, we do not. We also need no more rock bands who viciously bang there heads while playing music fit for the daily elevator ride to your cubicle!! But if Van Halen is poised to save rock and roll and inspire a new generation of rockers, did it have a hand in the current downturn and are they cleaning up a mess they helped create, so to speak?
The Van Hagar Legacy
Overtime I became a Van Hagar fan. During the late 80’s till mid 90’s he was a good fit. Van Halen went from raw dream metal to polished hit song writers. Hagar had the pipes to hang with Eddie….if not the song writting creativity, even so, all us fans still clamored for the day Diamond Dave would return. That would be the day VH would start playing the songs it left behind…and the energy would return.
I browsed through the Van Hagar albums the other night, and to my surprise I found that although it was good music it didnt do it for me anymore. What it had in polish and pop, it lacked in energy and fun. Van Halen was a super pop band at that time and Hagars clean powerful lyrics hit the spot, but left one feeling empty and looking for more. So it may be that Van Halen helped commercialize hard rock.
We must sell our souls to save rock and roll
Now it is up to a group of 50 year old men to save rock and roll from the tasteless misery it has become. A sludge of formula driven bands with no messages and good haircuts. Young rockers should watch Van Halen kick ass across America and then the World…they should learn from them because VH did it there way, they took risks. That’s what being a true artist is. Stand up for something and be yourself. The formula does not work anymore. Rock and roll is not about playing it safe and being part of the crowd, that is pop music. Rock and roll is about breaking the rules, and having attitude and the goods to back it up. It is time to save rock and roll and fuck the formula. Van Halen will lead the way…..please stand up!