The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside VAN HALEN

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Author Greg Renoff has spent the last five years researching and writing Van Halen Rising, which will be published this October by ECW Press.
In the meantime, he's written a Van Halen article for Medium, which has just been published. I'm happy to plug this for Greg. Read below....

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The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside Van Halen

In 1979 David Lee Roth met Helmut Newton, inciting an ego-fueled power struggle that ultimately split the group apart

Greg Renoff in Cuepoint

Van Halen’s star was on the rise in late 1979. Vocalist David Lee Roth, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, and drummer Alex Van Halen had sent sold out crowds into delirium on their wildly successful 1978 and 1979 world tours. They had two platinum albums under their belts, and their latest, Van Halen II, had even cracked the Billboard Top Ten. These were significant achievements for a hard rock band at time when disco and new wave dominated the nation’s airwaves.