Some great 1978 Van Halen live footage. Not sure if this is new or if I’m just seeing it now. There’s amazingly little available from this era, so all the available nuggets are rare.
Everyone is on fire here, even Dave. Imagine rolling in to a Black Sabbath concert and seeing this as the opening band:
The jump cuts in the footage are where the reels of 8mm film ran out. There’s a longer clip that keeps the audio running and just blanks out the video:
We’ve all seen so much of smiley casual '80s Ed that it’s easy to forget what a terrifying specimen pre-alcohol Ed was — and also how much of a strength his picking technique was.