Classic Van Halen footage revamped

Eddie van helen

Eddie van helen

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In a world where Avatar in 3D can bring a grown man to tears, there may not be too much to get exited about when watching a clip or three taken from a classic-era Van Halen show.

However, quasi-official fansite Van Halen News Desk has polished the audio of a revered bootleg to a point where you can imagine what it would have been like to have your head blown clean off by one of the most influential electric guitarists ever.

The visuals aren't especially noteworthy, but the guitar work is spectacular: forget the lumbering, nepotistic dinosaur that is VH circa 2010 and watch the real thing. Even the mighty Chickenfoot have to take a back seat...

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Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Guitarist magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.