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Watch Eddie Van Halen Riff on ‘Amsterdam’ Years Before Release


A newly uncovered video exhibits Eddie Van Halen in his 5150 Studios in some unspecified time in the future within the mid-Eighties working on the guitar elements for Van Halen‘s “Amsterdam,” a song which wouldn’t publicly emerge till years later on the rock group’s 1995 album, Balance.

Shared by fansite Van Halen Brazil on Sunday (June 6), the clip joins one other uncommon Van Halen video that not too long ago surfaced. That identical day, beforehand unseen 1981 footage of the band acting at a prehistoric-themed Italian park amongst giant sculptures of dinosaurs lastly put an finish to VH followers’ longtime questions concerning the odd gig, which had till now remained a mysterious efficiency solely documented in pictures.

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Just a handful of years later, Eddie was in his house studio, hashing out a riff — it’s an prevalence that definitely wasn’t unusual across the 5150 compound. Watch the video of EVH hammering out “Amsterdam” within the studio down towards the underside of this publish.

“Never before seen footage of Eddie Van Halen playing the song ‘Amsterdam’ [in] 5150 Studios,” an introduction on the prime of the clip explains. “The year is 1985, ten years prior to the official release of the song on Balance.”

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However, the exact 12 months the video was filmed is in dispute. While Van Halen Brazil put the footage at 1985, Ultimate Classic Rock surmised that it extra seemingly got here from some level in late ’86 or ’87, primarily based on Eddie’s coiffure and the “Team Jams National Champs 1986” jersey he’s sporting.

Regardless, the footage evinces additional proof of Eddie’s keen work ethic within the recording studio, particularly when it got here to writing memorable guitar riffs. On prime of that, it serves as a bittersweet reminder of the huge expertise we misplaced when the Van Halen guitarist died final 12 months on the age of 65, his dying signifying the top of the influential rock group.

Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s 30-year-old son and a former Van Halen bassist, is at the moment carrying the rock torch along with his personal outfit, Mammoth WVH. The outfit’s debut LP comes out this Friday (June 11).

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Eddie Van Halen Works on “Amsterdam” in His 5150 Studios within the Mid-Eighties

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