Narrated by the late J.J. Jackson from MTV fame, the documentary covers Alex and Edward’s early years playing with small garage bands, all the early years with David Lee Roth, and concentrates mostly on the club days and the first world tour.
Includes interviews with many band insiders, as follows:
Mark Stone – Original VH bass player whom Michael Anthony replaced
Andy Johns – Legendary record producer
Eddie Anderson – Roth’s former body guard & manager
Gregg Emerson – VH drum technician and childhood friend
Neil Zlozower – Original VH photographer & partner in crime
Jeff Hausman – Van Halen News Desk, VanHalenStore.com, and “The Inside” Van Halen magazine
Jim Dandy – One of Roth’s prototypes. Roth was compared to him in the club days
Dave Weiderman – long-time manager of The Guitar Center in L.A.
Tom Broderick – VH’s soundman in 1978
Kim Fowley – Sunset Strip concert promoter – booked the band into the Whisky a Go-Go
Susan Masino – Survived VH’s stay at the Sheraton Hotel, 1978
Mike Levine – (Triumph) talking about playing the US Festival with VH
Ron Wikso – drummer with DLR around 1994
Dennis Neugebauer- good friend of DLR’s in the high school days
Mario Maglieri – owner of the Whisky a Go-Go
Doug Anderson – shows his Van Halen Museum
Roger Rennick – saw VH play at various backyard parties
Mike Kelly – VH historian who attended most of their Starwood and Whisky shows
Tony Codgen – guitarist from Michael’s original band, Snake
There’s also some footage of never-seen interviews with David Lee Roth & Eddie Van Halen, and vintage audio interviews with Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Gene Simmons.
Rare photos were seen for the first time from Mark Stone, Tom Broderick, Gregg Emerson, Eddie Anderson, Norman Seeff (who took lots of amazing shots taken from the Woman and Children First album cover sessions), and more.