1982 – Phone Interview Eddie Van Halen with Jas Obrecht

July 30, 1982 – a couple weeks into the tour for Diver Down, Eddie talks to Jas Obrecht for Guitar Player Magazine. Ed talks about the new album and defends all the cover songs …
“They’re good fuckin’ songs, why shouldn’t they be redone the way we do ’em for a new generation of people” … “I don’t think any cover tune we’ve ever done sounds like the original. It takes almost as much time to make a cover tune sound original as it does writing a song. — so fuck the critics!”

Clip: Eddie talks about the cover tunes and recording with his dad on “Big Bad Bill”
Full phone interview

Similar Posts


Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Dave Mayo

They did do em good but whether it was ed or dave yrs yrs later i kinda thought way to much/ i really espicially now frown on wAt i call ???? y ones. Ive thought alot of bands like crue as well its just lame. And also if ur gonna. Do rare obscure one 99tears or long cool woman black dress. But i have heard em do sweet emotion and your no good and loved how they put there way of doing. I just wish they wooda did one more album and maybe add hagar for 2 song sherrone even 1song and then let wolf play like last 3 songs of it with his one man band whiich i think is way cool. Its tuff being in a band so his one man stuff i liked


That poorguy that wrote that comment is probably devastated I heard. They did some recordings or something with that guy I remember that name but damn rip Edward the king of six strings with ten fingers

1982 – Phone Interview Eddie Van Halen with Jas Obrecht