Thursday, March 08, 2012

Van Halen live at the Pasadena Hilton, 1976


Van Halen covers David Bowie's "Jean Genie" at a local high school dance at the Pasadena Hilton ballroom in 1976. Despite some warpy audio, Eddie Van Halen (at age 21) totally mesmerizes with swirling guitar feedback, while David Lee Roth begins the song jabbering on about burning out a bowl and how people in NYC walk down the street snapping their fingers all the time like in West Side Story. Afterwards, Roth mockingly comments how the flyer for the dance read 'No Blue Jeans.' "Oooh, I didn't have a thing to wear.."

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