Charles M. Young declared in the first sentence of his review on Van Halen's debut, "Mark my words: in three years, Van Halen is going to be fat and self-indulgent and disgusting, and they'll follow Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin right into the toilet."
It's pretty safe to say that Charles was a little off in his prediction.
Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. February 10th is one.
February 10, 1962: Clifford Lee Burton is born in Castro Valley, California. One of the true tragedies in the history of rock is Cliff Burton dying at the age of 24. Still, his impact was and continues to be felt on Metallica‘s first three albums and beyond: he’s the guy who taught the band music theory, after all.
February 10, 1978: Van Halen releases their self-titled debut album. One of the all-time great debut albums, and arguably the best album in their discography, all but one track from the release made this list.