This was apparent from the beginning of the band’s career, as their 1978 self-titled debut album announced their arrival with powerful, dramatic heavy metal anthems like “Runnin With the Devil.”
Thanks to … somebody, an alternate take of the track appeared on the internet Monday, and it’s a substantially different experience than the original. Via the song info:
Van Halen Fans rejoice! As a huge Van Halen fan, it gives me great pleasure to share this remix which features an alternate “Diamond Dave” vocal AND an extended guitar solo. Made from the original 24-track session masters.
For comparison’s sake, here’s the classic version of the track:
Fan site the Van Halen News Desk noted that this is only the second time an alternate take of a Van Halen track is publicly shown up online as a “leak,” joining “Dance the Night Away,” which was uploaded by the same YouTube user (!) in 2017.
Here’s hoping more alternate takes show up in the future — this might be the only “activity” the world sees from the iconic band anytime soon, at least according to David Lee Roth’s recent statements:
When the topic of Van Halen’s purported stadium tour that was potentially suggested for this past summer, Roth says, “That’s been canceled a number of times,” adding, “And I think Van Halen’s finished,” citing his solo Vegas residency as the next phase of the iconic rock band, which last toured together in 2015.
Roth also added, “Van Halen isn’t gonna be coming back in the fashion that you know. And that being said, Eddie’s got his own story to tell. [It’s} not mine to tell it.”