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This coming Saturday, Feb. As Noel Monk notes, it still stands as one of the all-time great debuts, and it made the foursome an overnight sensation. They were a hit. A couple of paragraphs later, Monk writes, "See, this is where I came in.
The Sex Pistols and America. Could he handle "a quartet of long-haired kids in tattered jeans and worn boots, barely out of their teens"? Yeah, he could handle them. That task, of course, became more difficult in ensuing years, as Van Halen became one of the biggest rock bands in the world — and their egos, particularly Roth's, grew to match. In the early years, though, things were fun. Runnin' with the Devil doesn't dig deep when it comes to the musical alchemy of the brothers Van Halen Eddie and his brother, drummer Alex or to the technical wizardry that allowed Edward Van Halen to execute guitar solos like the iconic break on "Eruption.
Essentially, the book is a more-or-less-chronological rundown of the things that were Monk's job, and those ultimately boiled down, collectively, to being the adult in the room. The duties of Van Halen's road manager in the late '70s and early '80s included, but were not limited to:.
Physically intimidating Ronnie Montrose into getting off the stage so the opening act on a three-band bill headlined by Journey could actually have a soundcheck.
Paying hotel managers to compensate them for hotel rooms slathered in condiments by a pair of groupies aptly known as "the Ketchup Queens. Pro that Monk was, he even got the guy to sign a waiver before any money was exchanged. Van Halen still had bricks thrown at their bus as they pulled away. Cleaning guacamole off a brand new satin jacket worn by Steve Perry, who got caught in the crossfire during a Van Halen food fight.