“I live my life like there’s no tomorrow
And all I’ve got I had to steal”

I grew up listening to bands like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Guns N Roses, and the like. So when Netgalley offered the chance to review a biography on the rock band Van Halen, I knew I had to jump on it! I mean, might as well. 😉

I will not say that Van Halen is my favorite band, but growing up and hearing a variety of music, I can say without a doubt that they are one of the greatest musical pioneers, ever. There will probably never been anyone like them in my lifetime. And that’s cool.

I was so stoked to read this book, after all, everyone loves learning things about stuff they enjoy. I was hoping the book would be full of passion, seeing as how it’s written by a fan for the fans. But I was a bit disappointed.

This read like a history book. Granted, that’s kind of what it is.. but there was no emotions or passion. The most feeling I got was when the author talked about Dimebag Darrell’s passing and then again during the last chapter when he talked about Eddie Van Halen’s passing.

That being said, I did learn a lot of things I hadn’t known before. Such as:

  • Eddie Van Halen play guitar for Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’
  • The Van Halen brothers father was Dutch and their mother was Indonesian
  • That there was a third front man for a short period of time

It definitely solidified the fact that Rockstars, are big babies.

I rated the rock biography three stars. Even with the lack of passionate writing, this is still a great addition to any fans shelf!

Tell us: Are you a Van Halen fan? Do you have an opinion on the David Lee Roth vs. Sammy Hagar front man debacle?