Running with the Devil

I recently ran across this video on Youtube. This is supposedly the first live recording of the song “Running with the Devil,” the first track on side one of Van Halen’s self-titled debut album.  It was recorded in Pasadena on May 29, 1976.

I saw this song performed live in October 1982 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. The band was in the middle of their Diver Down tour. The show was on October 9, the day before David Lee Roth’s birthday, so the guys encouraged the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to him.

I saw this show the week after seeing 38 Special, which I saw a week after seeing Blue Oyster Cult. My ears were ringing until Christmas. Good times.

One thought on “Running with the Devil

  1. Great memories! I miss the days of going to those shows. It was a magical time that most likely won’t be replicated. Sure, the bands wanted to be famous and make money, but they were also really into the music. Powerful, organic, and imaginative stuff that they actually played with real instruments. It wasn’t computer generated or perfected. Mistakes were made once in a while, but it made the show you saw cooler because of it. I saw .38 Special play in Binghamton, NY and they were awesome.

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