Following the death of Eddie Van Halen on October 6, ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry phoned Rolling Stone to share some recollections he had of the guitar legend and of the time that Van Halen served as Journey’s opening act back in 1978.
The two bands toured together for about eight weeks in early ’78, during Journey’s first significant headlining trek and the singer said he was blown away by how good Van Halen was.
“That band was so on fire and Eddie Van Halen was the driving, demonstrative force of that group,” he noted. “The DNA was so strong musically between him and his brother Alex that when they played just on their own together, they sounded liked Led Zeppelin meets punk music.”
Perry also praised the talents of frontman David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony, maintaining that the group was “loaded with