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Van Halen

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Meet Patrick Lee, a musical loner who loves playing for a crowd

    Patrick Lee has taken a Jekyll and Hyde approach to music. He leads several musical lives that rarely intersect -- so much so that you could see him in one context and not recognize him in the next. There's Patrick Lee, the virtuoso piano/organ/keyboard player, who views live music as "improvisatory ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Fresh hops, Freshcraft and fresh beer in this week's beer calendar

    Wynkoop Brewing Company is gearing up for the Great American Beer Festival and recently tapped a couple of its rarest but most outstanding beers. Orville is a blend of a couple of unusual beers: a pale ale fermented with brettanomyces in four wooden barrels for six weeks, and the same beer fermented ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Split Decision: Are DJs musicians?

    See also: Global Dance Festival Survival Guide Split Decision: Is vinyl obsolete? Split Decision: The Legend of Zelda Symphony With upwards of 20,000 kids descending on Red Rocks this weekend for Global Dance Fest 2012 -- a music festival made up mostly of DJ's -- it seemed like a good time to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Van Halen at the Pepsi Center, 5/24/12

    VAN HALEN @ PEPSI CENTER | 5/24/12 Evidently, 1982 was a very good year for David Lee Roth. "You're taking pictures here tonight, hot stuff?" the Van Halen frontman asked a woman in the front row in the middle of "Panama." "What? Oh, you want to make a sex tape. I'll tell you what, girlfriend, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Van Halen fans recall where they were in 1984

    As you might have heard, Van Halen played the Pepsi Center in Denver last night, dusting off a few hits from its mega-selling album, 1984. Roving photographer Brandon Marshall hit the Pepsi Center parking lot asking fans to share where they were in 1984. Here's some of the people he talked to, and y ... More >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    4H Royalty

    Where UFOs Go to Die
    Self-released

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Van Halen

    Thursday, May 24, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Kool and the Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell on the unlikely pairing of touring with Van Halen

    This Thursday, May 24, Kool & the Gang is due at the Pepsi Center with Van Halen. While this might seem like an unlikely pairing, the legendary funk/R&B act opening for the equally iconic rock band, Robert "Kool" Bell, Kool & the Gang's founding member, tells us it's working out great. We recently s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Avett Brothers, James Taylor, Blues Traveler and Gogol Bordello were announced; Gauntlet Hair, Hindershot and Fierce Bad Rabbit got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Van Halen, Dr. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Van Halen video: David Lee Roth interviews Eddie and Alex Van Halen

    Here's something odd: After all of these years of being Van Halen fans, this is the first time we can remember hearing Eddie Van Halen's voice. It sounds quite a bit different from how we imagined. Same goes for his brother, Alex Van Halen, for that matter. Guess the pair let the music do the talkin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Van Halen in Denver on 5/24 at Pepsi Center

    ​Oh, hell yeah! Mark your calendars. It's really happening. Van Halen is coming to Denver. It's confirmed, and we finally have a date. Thursday, May 24, at the Pepsi Center, Van Halen will be here with Kool and the Gang. So stoked! Almost as stoked as we are to hear the new record, A Different ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Van Halen announces tour with David Lee Roth

    After 35 years with Warner Bros., Van Halen signed a deal with Interscope last month, and rumors spread that the band -- with David Lee Roth back on board -- had a new album nearly in the can and a tour in the works. Now one of those rumors can be squashed, as the band just announced a 2012 tour wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Reader: "I would rock some Poison if Teddy Ruxpin were singing it today"

    Teddy rocks​Last week when we started talking about the first album that we bought with our own money, everybody had a story. Some were laudable (Ready to Die) and some were laughable (Savage Garden), but everybody had a story. And as we suspected, we weren't alone. When we asked you to share ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Artists like Springsteen and Dylan can start applying to regain copyrights of 1978 recordings

    ​When copyright law was revised in 1976, there was a provision that gave artists control of their work after 35 years, provided they applied two years in advance. The law didn't go into effect until 1978, but now artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Loretta Lynn can start a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Van Halen: Is Hagar finally cooler than Roth? Uh, no... unless he really was abducted by aliens.

    ​Sammy. Sammy. Sammy. It must be difficult for a rock star in a rad band like Van Halen to be constantly competing with his predecessor, but this who's-better nonsense has gone on too long and now... too far. Sammy Hagar has just released his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Steel Panther at the Bluebird Theater, 3/16/11

    Aaron Thackeray​ STEEL PANTHER with Drug Under 03.16.11 | Bluebird Theater See Steel Panther at the Bluebird slideshow Last night, Steel Panther and a few hundred of its closest friends in Denver, hopped in the Delorean with Doc and took the Bluebird Theater back to the future when spandex, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    What's your dream Mile High Music Festival lineup? Here's ours.

    Cypress Hill getting lifted at last year's MHMF. You'll think we're just as high when you see our list.​Okay so by now you've had a chance to absorb the deflating news that the Mile High Music Festival is being put on ice this year, and you've even offered up with some suggestions of how to ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    William Breathes' ten favorite products at KushCon II

    Instead of cookies, I leave Sour Diesel​Last week I talked about how much I hated holiday shopping. After going to KushCon II over the weekend, I've changed my mind. Below is my top ten pot-toy wish list for Santa this year. All photos by Aaron Thackeray.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Have few hundred free audiobooks to make your morning commute/summer roadtrip easier

    ​Ah, audiobooks. That great modern invention that means even the busiest people can still enjoy a book here and there. Especially those of us that find ourselves stuck in cars for hours a day commuting. Too bad they're as expensive as real books -- even more so sometimes. If only there were so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    RIP: A dozen dead (or almost-dead) soft drinks

    ​Soda, like most everything else in the world, has a lifespan. Some sodas live long and prosper, while others die and fade away (or, as is true of a few on this list, end up in the bargain section at Walmart). This list is devoted to those drinks that quenched our thirst, kept us awake, and ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Chickenfoot

    Friday, September 11, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    June 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    DNC vs. RNC: Denver's stars kicked ass, St. Paul's not so much

    Frankly, I would have preferred David Lee Roth. Lucky thing for the Republicans that Sarah Palin became a media sensation during her Republican National Convention spotlight address. After all, John McCain proved with his acceptance remarks last night that he's not among the country's most scintil ... More >>

  • Music

    September 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Playing the Part

    I've got news for you. Hot Topic didn’t invent poseurs. A lot of us like to think that we’re “authentic” or “old school” or some other euphemism that implies both allegiance and entrenchment. But, in all likelihood, we all started off as poseurs. I know I did. And, in some aspects of you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008
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    February 1, 2008

    Vintage Q&A With David Lee Roth

    Prior to the creation of the Backbeat Online blog, Westword conducted plenty of Q&As with plenty of rock stars, schlock stars, rising stars and fading stars -- and oftentimes only a small percentage of the conversations made it into the finished articles. So in the coming weeks and months, we hope t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Van Halen

    The VH saga continues. Welcome to Chapter IV, the Peppermint Patty years.

  • Music

    December 6, 2007

    Reunited and It Feels So Good

    The ghost of Denvers past pays us a visit, just in time for the holidays.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Q&A With Slash From Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses

    Had ax-expert Saul Hudson chosen to perform under his given name, he might never have succeeded in the music business, let alone made it to the cover of the forthcoming video game “Guitar Hero III.” Lucky thing he changed his moniker to Slash. During the Q&A below, which formed the basis of the ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2007

    Dave Beegles Ax Is Sharp

    Behold the world-class guitarist behind Acoustic Mayhem.

  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    On the Download

    Free music, yours for the taking.

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Who will be inducted next? Gaze into our crystal ball.

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Joe Bonamassa

    This blues revisionist insists that the genre must progress or die out.

  • Dining

    December 8, 2005

    Conversation Starter

    It's what's up front that counts.

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    May 19, 2005

    Darediablo

    Friday, May 20, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Drowning Pool

    Thursday, December 9, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2004
  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Nobody in particular knows the trouble these guys have seen.

  • Music

    October 30, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Kiss me, Im a rock star -- at least for one night.

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Diamonds Are Forever

    Anyone trying to steal the spotlight from David Lee Roth is asking for an ass-kicking.

  • Goods & Services

    April 4, 2002
  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Heavy Mettle

    Harlan Hendrickson wants to prove that '80s rock and roll is not noise pollution.

  • Music

    July 23, 1998
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    April 30, 1998
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    October 23, 1997
  • News

    September 4, 1997
  • Music

    August 28, 1997

    It Was All Eddie's Fault

    Just try to stop Sammy Hagar from telling how Van Halen did him wrong.

  • Music

    December 19, 1996

    To Buy or Not to Buy

    Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.

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