Longtime Guitar Player guru Jas Obrecht has a killer blog where he waxes on the things important to him. One such topic is David Lee Roth-era Van Halen. An early champion of the band and the man himself, Obrecht describes a chance meeting with Eddie Van Halen in 1978. On a backstage basketball court at Bill Graham Day on the Green, Obrecht had just been blown off by Pat Travers and discovered with whom he was shooting hoops.
We sat down at courtside and Eddie Van Halen gave me what he refers to as his first major interview. Coincidentally, it was also my first important rock interview.
The lengthy entry is full of great first hand and insider tales. Have a look.