Van Halen largely passed me by during my formative teenage years. I think by that point it was the Hager era and my adolescent self was drawn more towards GnR, Aerosmith and AC/DC. There was something about the party rock cheese that prevented deeper exploration of EVH.
Recently though I’ve totally fallen down that rabbit hole. Yes there is filler and cheese and IMO EVHs chops are kind of wasted on many mediocre songs, particularly once you get past the first 4-5 albums. But there are some best of the best gems in there too. Incredible tone and groove. Mean Street, Somebody get me a doctor, Beautiful Girls, Ain’t talkin bout love, unchained etc.
So I’ve put this little board together. The 5150 pedal totally nails that Brown sound through my DRRI. The EP booster is filling a gap but might be better replaced by a delay or flanger.
Just need to work on the fingers now!