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Ozzy Osbourne 1974
This 1974 Ozzy Osbourne interview has never been heard until now. It's the earliest known long-form audio interview with the Prince of Darkness. It’s also the only audio interview with Ozzy relating to Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album.
It is recommended this interview be watched on YouTube so you can see the captions. Ozzy is hard to understand at times.
The interview is conducted by Steve Rosen, one of the true legends in rock journalism. Rosen has a career spanning 50 years, thousands of articles, and several high-profile books with artists like Black Sabbath, Prince, Randy Rhoads, and others. But his most notable work is his recent Eddie Van Halen book, Tonechaser. Tonechaser is considered a must-have book for Eddie Van Halen fans and any music fan. No other book has uncovered so many untold stories about King Edward.
To order Rosen's Tonechaser: https://bit.ly/3MSVTo9
Check out Rosen's YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/49hIu1Z
Read Rosen's article written about when he met Black Sabbath in 1974: https://bit.ly/45TxeWX
In the interview, Ozzy talks about:
Early days of Black Sabbath
Why Black Sabbath has stayed together, and why other bands break up
Playing an honest gig
Does he think about the money he’s making
If he thinks Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is a different direction than previous Sabbath albums
Why they didn’t record in LA again like they did with Vol.4
Whose idea it was to add strings to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
What the Sab 4 got tired of hearing about
If he is fulfilled by being in Black Sabbath
If he’s working on a solo record
Why and what it was like producing Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by themselves
If there is more of an emphasis on the lyrics on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
If Black Sabbath’s songs mirror society
If he thinks the press is unfair to Black Sabbath
If Sabbath is working on a new album
His fondness for synthesizers and spacey music
Why he wants to make a solo record
How he’d like to learn how to play guitar
His love for Rick Wakeman vs Keith Emerson
If he would have Wakeman play on his solo album
Being on the road and away from home
The movie soundtrack he would have wanted to make
He sums up his current feelings on Black Sabbath and his belief he has helped people
David Lee Roth 2019 Interview
Last week, we released an interview with David Lee Roth from 1984. This week, we are releasing another Roth interview, but 35 years later. We go from the height of Roth’s Van Halen career to his twilight years. I believe this interview is one of the most honest and humble interviews he’s ever given; he speaks very candidly on many topics.
At the time of this interview in 2019, Roth was 65 years old and promoting his line of tattoo skin care products called Ink the Orginal. In the interview, Roth talks at great lengths about his parents and growing up, the beginning and ending with Van Halen, why he never got married, why he’s never happy, plus so much more.
The interview was conducted by Debbie Millman and was originally aired on her award-winning awesome podcast Design Matters. We are so grateful that Ms. Millman is allowing us to share one of the most insightful David Lee Roth interviews with you. Please use the link below and subscribe to her podcast.
Subscribe to Debbie Millan's Design Matters: https://www.designmattersmedia.com/
00:00:00 - Intro to David Lee Roth interview
00:01:17 - Debbie Millman intro
00:02:19 - Start of David Lee Roth interview
00:02:47 - His Uncle Manny Roth
00:05:29 - His mother, Sibyl Roth, and her toughness on him
00:07:49 - Wearing leg braces as a kid
00:08:41 - His early jobs
00:09:34 - Where his youthful drive came from
00:11:14 - What the Roth family expected when they had get-togethers
00:12:29 - When he first realized he had a talent for singing
00:15:00 - Him being in plays as a child
00:16:11 - He tells where he really learned to sing from
00:18:59 - His parents threaten him with going to a foster home
00:19:16 - If “bad” Dave comes from his mother
00:21:08 - How he was taught to sing like the girls
00:22:43 - How many instruments he plays
00:23:25 - The first meeting with the Van Halen brothers
00:26:31 - Why he and the Van Halen brothers were crosstown rivals
00:28:26 - What inspired him to write music
00:30:57 - The near-death experience that chokes him up even today
00:34:38 - How much of his Playboy image is a story he was creating
00:37:15 - If he is confident he would make it in show business
00:37:33 - The idea of an album band
00:39:00 - An obscure Dutch radio reference
00:40:14 - Did they write Runnin’ with the Devil in 18 minutes
00:42:25 - Who are the best teachers and coaches
00:45:35 - When he has felt sorry for himself
00:46:45 - Why he hasn’t fallen into a lot of traps, other Rock and Rollers did
00:47:28 - Him stealing books
00:48:31 - What kept him from succumbing to drug abuse
00:49:55 - Where his ability to jump high comes from
00:53:46 - Why did he leave Van Halen in 1985
00:54:38 - Why didn’t he ever get married
00:56:44 - His ability to mimic others
00:58:54 - The teleplay he has been working on for three years
01:00:33 - Why his favorite audience is disbelieving nonbelievers
01:01:29 - Why he isn’t happy
01:02:14 - His window time
01:02:53 - How he’s always solving a catastrophe
01:05:12 - Why he decided to start Ink the Orginal
01:07:43 - Why take his life in this direction
01:09:41 - Tattoos today
01:12:11 - The process of making his product
01:13:53 - How the business is doing
01:14:22 - The difference between having a tattoo today and 30 years ago
01:17:37 - What advice would he give someone who has writer’s block
01:19:28 - Squeezing every single moment out of life
David Lee Roth 1984 Interview
A never-published interview with Van Halen's Diamond David Lee Roth. At the time of this interview in December 1984, Roth was 31 years old, and only months away from no longer being in Van Halen. In the interview, Roth talks about the future of Van Halen, his need for attention, whether he’s a bad role model, and what he wants on his tombstone. And in a Tapes Archive exclusive, Mr. Roth busts into an impromptu freestyle rap.
The interview is conducted by a new Tapes Archive contributor, award-winning legendary entertainment journalist, screenwriter, producer, and author, Ethlie Ann Vare. For decades, Ethlie ruled musical taste and celebrity gossip in newspapers, magazines, and TV. Her Top 10 Syndicated column ROCK ON ran in 1,700 newspapers worldwide. She’s interviewed A-list movie celebrities like Johnny Depp and Nicholas Cage and rock royalty like Ozzy Osbourne and David Lee Roth. She wrote for Billboard, Daily Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter. She also reviewed rock concerts and albums for the New York Times, and discussed rock stars on The Gossip Show. Ms. Vare has more accomplishments than we have time to say here. Below is a link in to her website. We are honored she is allowing us to share some of her unpublished historical interviews with all of you.
Ethlie Ann Vare's website https://ethlieannvare.com/
Watch the captioned version https://youtu.be/QodtYVn7tDQ
00:00 - Intro to David Lee Roth interview
01:46 - Start of the David Lee Roth Interview
02:57 - The rumors about Eddie Van Halen wanting to leave the band
03:58 - Was it an ego blow with Van Halen’s album 1984 not hitting #1 on the charts
05:22 - Playing Black Sabbath music while watching a football game
05:49 - Was having a pop hit with “Jump” harmful to the band?
06:57 - About his love life and what his type is
08:38 - Who is the real David Lee Roth
09:29 - How Roth is a bit of a loner, and his need for attention
10:21 - How he’s critical of other bands
12:03 - Roth does a freestyle rap. (Not kidding, not A.I.)
12:52 - His first and other jobs as a teenager
14:01 - Who manages his money
14:39 - Where his next adventure will be
15:05 - How does he defend the criticism that he’s a bad role model
15:55 - What’s next for Van Halen
16:29 - What’s the Van Halen groupie scene like
17:02 - The Hot For Teacher video
17:42 - The auditions for his music videos
18:42 - What would he want on his tombstone
19:04 - Answering machines
19:44 - What he wants back
19:55 - A scene he likes from the movie Cotton Club
20:41 - His Harley Davidson
21:41 - What type of car he drives
22:11 - His height and weight
22:41 - The movie Amadeus
23:10 - He was just offered a low-budget film
23:57 - Who’s going to remember him in 500 years
Sammy Hagar 1997
A never-published interview with the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar. At the time of this interview in 1997, Hagar was 50 years old, freshly out of Van Halen, and promoting his new album Marching to Mars and his upcoming tour. In the interview, Hagar talks in detail about how he saw the break-up between him and Van Halen, his dislike for manager Ray Daniels, and his new musician best buddy Mickey Hart.
00:00 - Intro to Sammy Hagar interview
01:21 - Why his new album is not more aggressive after being fired from Van Halen
03:38 - Detailed backstory on why it ended with Van Halen and him
05:16 - How manager Ray Danniels wanted more than his fair share of money
07:08 - All about greed and lack of integrity
07:47 - What he thinks Eddie Van Halen lied about
08:43 - Why did he still thank Van Halen on his new album
09:50 - The support of his fans
10:34 - His disappointment in Eddie and Alex Van Halen
11:50 - How does he think the upcoming Van Halen record with Gary Cherone will do
12:55 - How Eddie Van Halen is a musician, not a songwriter
13:38 - How Van Halen hired a 72-year-old to help with lyrics
14:00 - All the producers’ Van Halen went through
14:44 - If Van Halen’s next album fails with Cherone how will Hagar feel
15:43 - How Michael Anthony was mistreated in Van Halen
16:50 - What Los Tres Gusanos is
17:13 - What are the stand-out songs on his new album Marching to Mars
18:28 - How he got together with Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart
19:49 - Mickey Hart as a musician
20:28 - His touring plans
21:37 - The business side of his tour
22:51 - Did he get to talk to David Lee Roth and the difference in their Gary Cherone stories
24:15 - When he finally busted Eddie Van Halen
25:02 - What would he change if he were the overlord of pop music
26:40 - What else does he have going on
Alex Van Halen 1995 Interview
A never-published interview with Alex Van Halen. At the time of this interview in 1995, Alex was 42 years old and was promoting an upcoming Van Halen concert in British Columbia, Canada. In the interview, Alex talks about growing up and playing with his brother Eddie Van Halen, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" producer Bruce Fairbairn, and the best thing about being in Van Halen.
The interview is conducted by a Tapes Archive contributor, Canadian music journalist and author Steve Newton. During his four decades as a freelance music writer, he has interviewed everyone from AC/DC to ZZTop. We highly recommend that you head over to his Patreon page patreon.com/earofnewt and check out over 400 of his exclusive interviews. For only $5, you get full access. We are not paid for this endorsement; we truly feel it’s money well spent.
Read Newton's article based on this interview: https://bit.ly/3YOyBnI
Link to Newton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3WQBr9S
For zero money, you can head over to Newton’s website, earofnewt.com, where he has posted more than 3,000 of his interviews, album reviews, concert reviews, and horror movie reviews.
Link to Newton's website: https://bit.ly/3ij9GIa
00:00 - Intro
01:38 - Start of Alex Van Halen Interview
02:06 - His earliest memories of playing with his brother, Eddie Van Halen, and his dad’s musical career
03:24 - Who the Van Halen brothers would try to emulate musically
03:43 - Who were his drum gods when he first started playing
04:39 - Playing with his dad’s Jazz band and if he took lessons
05:39 - If Eddie was part of his dad’s band
05:52 - When did he know Eddie Van Halen would be a legend and his own guitar-playing
06:31 - Did he know early on how big Van Halen would become, and early days with the LA club scene
07:00 - The night Warner Brothers saw them for the first time
08:43 - What’s his favorite David Lee Roth Van Halen album is
09:29 - The essence and core of Van Halen
10:03 - How Sammy Hagar could have replaced Roth back in 1978
10:57 - How Van Halen has evolved since Sammy Hagar joined the band.
11:58 - How producer Bruce Fairbairn got involved in producing “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”
13:34 - Van Halen’s process in picking a producer
14:38 - Does he have any input into writing Van Halen songs?
15:53 - How much longer does he see Van Halen rocking?
16:26 - What’s the best thing about being in Van Halen
16:41 - Alex talks about Van Halen’s USA Harvest can drive
18:02 - Alex gives the name of the person Steve should talk to to get backstage.
Eddie Van Halen & Michael Anthony | The OU812 Interview
In this episode, we have Eddie Van Halen and Michael Anthony. At the time of this interview in 1989, Van Halen was in Japan promoting their OU812 tour and record.. In the interview, Van Halen talks about how Eddie wants to be remembered when he dies, David Lee Roth and Ted Templeman, their album OU812, why Eddie is still not 100% sober, and so much more.
We have also added a bonus interview with Eddie alone from 1985.
The interview is conducted by Steve Harris. To learn more about Steve, please check out our podcast-only interview with him, which is out now.
00:00 - Intro
01:03 - Start to Eddie Van Halen Michael Anthony interview
01:15 - Is there a formula to make hit records?
01:45 - Eddie Van Halen enters the conversation
02:34 - Is Van Halen more like a family?
03:03 - If David Lee Roth is a businessman
04:13 - Is OU812 more straightforward?
05:38 - How has the age of fans affected the music?
06:42 - How Eddie wants to be remembered when he dies
07:06 - What separates Eddie from his clones
07:43 - Eddie talks about Jimmy Page
08:28 - Can Van Halen burn out musically?
08:55 - His playing when he first learned to play
09:35 - If they think as they get older, they lose certain things
09:59 - If they ever go back to the older Van Halen music and why he build 5150
11:03 - If Eddie ever becomes too indulgent
12:02 - How much input do producers have? Talks about Ted Templeman and Mick Jones
12:45 - David Lee Roth and Ted Templeman’s theory on covering hit songs
13:46 - Guns ’n Roses
14:12 - Drugs and drinking
14:51 - Did Eddie ever go too far with partying?
15:31 - With David Lee Roth leaving, did that lift a cloud?
16:09 - Does Eddie need to drink to write music?
18:03 - Did Eddie and Al go sober at the request of their father?
18:40 - Eddie tells the band to calm down during their first tour
19:22 - Van Halen band meetings
19:48 - Is Van Halen a democracy?
20:33 - What would Eddie have done if he wasn’t a guitarist
21:21 - Eddie talks about playing piano as a kid
23:09 - Does Van Halen bring out violent impulses from fans?
23:42 - Does he like any current bands?
24:27 - Sammy Hagar walks in
24:56 - Why Eddie started playing guitar [Start of the interview from 1985]
25:58 - Was his guitar like his friend
26:51 - Al and Eddie money making scam
28:08 - How Eddie depends on Alex, and how Al took over Ed’s drums
30:58 - What makes Van Halen good?
32:17 - When did Ed know Van Halen was something special?
32:51 - His love for his guitar and family
34:52 - What will it take for him to realize people appreciate him
35:56 - Eddie avoiding fame
36:28 - Why does he go onstage?
37:34 - Does he feel like a rockstar?
38:18 - What he dreamt of when he first started with Van Halen
38:53 - Alex throwing drumsticks at him
40:36 - Why he detunes
41:18 - He hates books
42:28 - The backstory to the song Girl Gone Bad
44:05 - Why was 1984 important to Eddie’s mental health?
44:56 - Eddie Van Halen plays Crossroads
47:50 - How old was he when he learned Crossroads?
48:10 - Is he happy while playing?
48:41 - Why he likes being alone
49:00 - Have people told him he was nuts?
49:15 - How has the success of 1984 changed him
50:06 - Did he think Jump would be a hit?
50:49 - Does he get pleasure from playing music?
51:40 - Could anyone play like Eddie?
Not going to lie, I don’t think the interview questions are always great, but so many legends being interviewed.
Thanks for giving us an inside look at many rock legends
Great Snapshots of Artists in Time!
The Tapes Archive is a great collection of exclusive audio interviews. Perfect for podcasting, the show provides insightful looks back at musicians and comedians and where they were at a particular time.
Marc Allan is a well-known (in Indiana) concert critic, and the show gives you a great look at how he developed his interview techniques over the years. I highly recommend the George Carlin and Neil Peart episodes.