The latest episode of the Hard, Heavy & Hair with Pariah Burke show is currently playing on FM, AM, and Internet radio stations around the world. It will be available for streaming on-demand right here this Friday morning, Los Angeles time. Listen to last week’s show on-demand.
On this week’s show:
- A medley of some of Eddie Van Halen’s best known and most obscure guitar solos
- A moving tribute to Eddie Van Halen
- Exclusive worldwide premiere of new Black Wolf Mountain
- Interview with Black Wolf Mountain
- The first new song from the reunited AC/DC
- New Eve to Adam, Palace, 5 Star Hooker, Black Wolf Mountain, Them Evils, and The Lonely Ones
Full, Uncut Black Wolf Mountain Interview
Pariah Burke interviews Black Wolf Mountain’s John Adams and Dylan Kidner about:
- Their brand new song
- The new band lineup
- Eddie Van Halen
- The memories of rock stars
- Payola and pay-for-play in radio
- The meanings of their songs “Empty Frames” and “Hangman”
- And more!
Complete Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solo Medley
Song list (in order) for the “Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solo Medley.”
Show 274 Playlist
Own the hits and deep cuts you hear on Hard, Heavy & Hair! Click the iTunes/Apple Music or Amazon Digital Music icons to the left of each song.
Cover Song of the Week
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Transcript of the Show[INTRO]
Welcome to the show! You’re gonna “Rock and Roll All Nite,” starting with Kiss!
KISS – Rock and Roll All Nite
Before we get into anything else, I want to give you a bonus Cover Song of the Week clue ahead of any formal clues.
You see, that song you just heard was one of the pivotal songs that inspired a six-year-old Jewish kid from Brooklyn to pick up guitar. He wanted to play like Gene Simmons–another New York Jew–but his hands were too small for bass, so he started with guitar. That six-year-old would become a 51-year-old who has played lead guitar for Guns N’ Roses, Asia, and Sons of Apollo.
That’s a bonus Cover Song of the Week clue. More clues later.
It’s unusual that I give you a clue right at the top of the show, but this, my friends, this is an unusual Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
Let me tell you just a LITTLE about it.
First, I’ve got for you the first brand new AC/DC single since the reunion of Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd with the band.
Then, I have a truly special, heartfelt tribute to Eddie Van Halen, whom we lost last week to cancer. #FuckCancer. Believe me, you don’t want to miss this tribute. And, if you have the option, you should listen to it with headphones on to hear every note and nuance.
AND, I’ve also got the world premiere–exclusive to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show–of the brand-new Black Wolf Mountain single AND an interview with the band!
All of that is coming up in the next just under-two hours, plus old favorites and more new Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair.
Here’s the first of the new songs on this week’s show, Eve to Adam with “Calling My Name.”
Eve To Adam – Calling My Name
“Calling My Name” from Eve to Adam.
Speaking of calling my name, I was so excited to tell you about the EVH tribute, new AC/DC, and exclusive BWM premiere coming up, I forgot to introduce myself!
My name is Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host.
Thank you for joining me on this very special, HUGE Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. You could say, the show full of “Voodoo.”
GodSmack – Voodoo
Palace – Way up Here
Godsmack and “Voodoo” preceding new single “Way Up Here” from Palace.
Don’t touch that dial! That all-new AC/DC track is coming up!
I’m Pariah Burke, and I’ve got a 5-Star Hooker lined up for you. Let’s get you fluffed and in the mood with a little Bon Jovi, ’cause “You Give Love a Bad Name.”
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
5 Star Hooker – We Don’t Wanna Stop
What a great 80’s Sleaze revival we’re living in! Man! That was Central Florida 5-piece 5 Star Hooker with their newest single “We Don’t Wanna Stop.” No fear of that, dudes and dudettes! This show is rolling on with a very special Eddie Van Halen tribute, the exclusive world premiere of brand new Black Wolf Mountain–and an interview with the band–and the first new single from the reunited AC/DC. THAT one is coming up after a really interesting fusion of Hard Rock and Swing from my new friends in the After Hours. This is “Evangeline.”
The After Hours – Evangeline
AC/DC – Shot In The Dark
Woo! AC/DC is back, baby! Holy hell, that’s the old school AC/DC sound on brand new single “Shot in the Dark.” Brian Johnson back on vocals. Phil Rudd back on skins. And Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm Young, on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. That is the first song off the new album Power Up, which is said to be a tribute to Malcolm Young much like Back in Black was a tribute to Bon Scott.
Before new AC/DC was “Evangeline” by the band After Hours. We have Hard Rock, Hard Country, and now, apparently, Hard Swing.
Coming up next is my interview with Black Wolf Mountain the exclusive premiere of their new song, but first, let me get you your first OFFICIAL Cover Song of the Week clue. This one is tough.
Let’s talk about the Cover Song of the Week artists. They aren’t a band, just a one-time collaboration to record the cover. It’s a duo. She’s the diamond of Diemonds, and he’s named after a bacterial infection that afflicts birds, rabbits, and rodents.
I told you the first clue was the toughest. More and easier clues coming up.
My interview with Black Wolf Mountain and the world premiere of the new BWM single right after a quick station identification.
Interview with Black Wolf Mountain
Black Wolf Mountain – Empty Frames
Black Wolf Mountain – Hangman
You just heard my interview with Black Wolf Mountain, but that was only PART of the interview. You can hear the full, uncut conversation where John, Dylan, and I talk about their music, the band, payola and pay-for-play in the music industry, the memories of some of the famous rockers we know, more in depth about the meanings of the two Black Wolf Mountain tracks I just played for you, and other topics, hit the show notes for Hard, Heavy & Hair 274 on PariahRocks.com, OR subscribe to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Interviews podcast on all good podcast platforms.
Coming up in the next hour of the show is that tribute to Eddie Van Halen it moved me to create, and which I think will move you, too, the Cover Song of the Week, and more.
Welcome back to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. I’m Pariah Burke.
Ready for your second Cover Song of the Week clue?
The Cover Song of the Week original is one of those famous mondegreens, one of those songs containing lyrics often misheard and given new meaning. Think “Purple Haze” and a lot of people hearing “‘scuse me while I kiss THIS GUY” instead of what Jimi actually sang, which was “‘scuse me while I kiss THE SKY.” That’s a mondegreen.
In this case, the Cover Song of the Week contains a line many people mishear as “Show me what’s funky, show me what’s right.”
What song is that? Ponder that while Def Leppard serenades us from way back in in 1981. From High ‘n’ Dry, this is “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.”
Def Leppard – Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
Speaking of bringing on the heartbreak. Last week, as you hear this show, three days ago, as I record it, the world lost Eddie Van Halen. Eddie’s influence on guitarists and the entirety of Rock N’ Roll is immeasurable. I’d like to take a portion of this show to pay tribute to a musician and man whom the world will sorely miss. I’m going to play some of the best of Eddie’s work, including Van Halen songs, and an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo medley I put together from some very well known, and some not so well known EVH recordings. In between, I’ll tell you a few things about the man.. about the legend, you may not know.
Let’s start with one of the intros many next-generation guitar gods try to emulate. It’s one of those funky two-handed tapping examples that really shows off Eddie’s mastery of his instrument. From Fair Warning, this is “Mean Street.”
Van Halen – Mean Street
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen–yes, Van Halen is his and Alex’s real last names–couldn’t read music. Yeah, you heard me right. Eddie Van Halen couldn’t read music. He actually counted that as an advantage… Damn. It’s hard sitting here and mentally editing myself. I know all these facts, but I know them in the PRESENT TENSE. I THINK “He actually COUNTS, present tense, that as an advantage,” but then, just before I speak, I have to remind myself that he’s gone.
I didn’t know Eddie personally. I never had that privilege like I have with so many other legends, but you can’t love Rock N’ Roll, Hard Rock, or anything that came after Van Halen without also loving the influence, even if you did’t get to know the man, of Eddie Van Halen.
Anyway… Eddie… couldn’t… read sheet music. Instead, he memorized his piano teacher’s finger movements, and later just played by ear. Think about all those Van Halen songs… Think about the music he contributed to other people’s songs. He did all that by ear. He learned to play by ear.
From Diver Down, this is “Little Guitars,” including the 42-second, Flamenco-inspired intro Eddie plays on a nylon string acoustic guitar.
Van Halen – Little Guitars (intro)
Van Halen – Little Guitars
Did you know Eddie Van Halen held three patents? He was a brilliant artist and a talented inventor. He held patents for a unique guitar pegged design, one for an adjustable string tension control, and, the one everyone has seen him use on stage in and in performance videos, a device the attaches to the back of a guitar and props up on his body… propped on his body… past tense, damn. To get the guitar to lie flat, parallel-to-the-floor, for his two-handed finger-tapping technique.
Eddie was always experimenting, as in this next song. One day a worker left his electric drill in the studio. Eddie picked up, realized it was in the exact same key as the song Van Halen–now with Sammy Hagar fronting–was working on, and that his guitar pickups faithfully reproduced the sound. The rest is history, like this song: “Poundcake.”
Van Halen – Poundcake
Let’s take a little break from the Hard, Heavy & Hair Eddie Van Halen tribute. There’s more to come, don’t worry, including a medley I put together of Eddie’s best and lesser known guitar solos. But we need just a moment to catch our breath before we continue.
I’m Pariah Burke. We’ll be right back.
New from Them Evils, this is “Coattails.”
Them Evils – Coattails
Another new song from the Lonely Ones follows some rare hair from Bang Tango. This is “Untied and True.”
Bang Tango – Untied and True
The Lonely Ones – Real Big Trouble
“Real Big Trouble,” the newest from the Lonely Ones.
More new and classic Hard Rock next!
Welcome back. Before we continue with my tribute to the legend we lost recently, Eddie Van Halen, let me give you your third and final Cover Song of the Week clue.
The Cover Song of the Week original is a Rock song from the King of Pop and features a guitar solo from one of the greatest Rock guitarists who ever lived. That guitarist did the solo–two takes–free of charge, as a favor to producer Quincy Jones. At the time, the guitarist thought no one would ever know even contributed the solo to the track, and that the track wouldn’t really be a big deal… Until that particular song went 4 times Platinum in the US alone, with similar success in the rest of the world.
Can you guess the song? Well, it doesn’t matter who’s wrong or who’s right. No one wants to be defeated. And later in the show, I’ll reveal whether YOU were wrong or right in the Cover Song of the Week segment.
Right now, “Jamie’s Cryin’.” Listen for Eddie’s two-note reply to David Lee Roth’s vocals in the chorus.
Van Halen – Jamie’s Cryin’
Van Halen – Ice Cream Man
“Jamie’s Cryin'” and “Ice Cream Man,” a huge Van Halen hit played on every Classic Rock station in creation followed by one no one ever plays on the radio, both amazing examples of Eddie Van Halen’s talents.
Of course, Eddie was at his most creative in his guitar solos. So, for your listening pleasure, I’d like to play you a portion of the Eddie Van Halen Solo Medley I put together. If you can, listen on headphones to catch all the nuance of this genius’s six-string musings.
Pariah Burke – Eddie Van Halen Solo Medley (Shorter)
Thank you for sharing this experience with me. I mean it. I’m not… I’m not a radio show host right now. I’m just someone who loved Eddie Van Halen’s music, like you. That medley you just heard was the short version, what I could fit into the show. If you’d like to hear the longer version, with many more iconic and subtle, famous and obscure, Eddie Van Halen guitar solos, you’ll find it in the show notes for show 274 on PariahRocks.com. You can stream it, share it, crank it through your headphones as you remember Edward Lodewijk Van Halen and what his music meant to YOU.
We’re going to miss you, Eddie. Thank you for enriching our lives with your playing.
The Cover Song of the Week is next.[COW]
So what 4x Platinum Rock song from the King of Pop did one of the greatest Rock guitarists to ever live contribute the guitar solo to–free of charge, as a favor to friend Quincy Jones? That song would be the timeless “Beat It” from Michael Jackson’s breakout album Thriller. The guitar solo was done by none other than Eddie Van Halen, who recorded it while the rest of the VH band was out of town. As I said, he did the solo free, and he did it uncredited. If you’ve got an old copy of Thriller lying around, look at the credits: Eddie isn’t mentioned. Eddie didn’t think the song would be big, and figured no one would even know he’d ever done the solo. Boy, was he wrong!
“Beat It” is HUGE, and Eddie’s guitar solo is one of the major reasons why.
In one of the clues I noted that “Beat It” contains a mondegreen, a commonly misheard lyric. Many of you probably thought the line “Show me what’s funky, show me what’s right” IS the actual lyric. If so, then I’m sorry to disappoint, but the actual line Michael Jackson wrote and sings is “Show me how funky and strong is your fight”. Now you have something to win a bar bet with. Win yourself a beer for me.
Covering “Beat It” is a duo who got together just for the collaboration. On vocals is the diamond of Diemonds, Priya Panda. On guitar, including a scorching approximation of Eddie Van Halen’s solo, is Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Sons of Apollo, Asia, and Guns N’ Roses. Together they’re Metalizing the 80s Pop-Rock classic “Beat It”. Crank it up! The Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen original follows Priya’s and Bumblefoot’s heavy cover.
Priya Panda & Bumblefoot – Beat It
Michael Jackson – Beat It
That was “Beat It.” The original version there features Eddie Van Halen doing the guitar solo. Before it was the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week, a Metal version of “Beat It” performed by Priya Panda of Diemonds and guitarist Bumblefoot from Sons of Apollo.
Thank you for joining me for this very special Hard, Heavy & Hair Show with its tribute to Eddie Van Halen, the exclusive worldwide premiere of new Black Wolf Mountain song “Hangman,” the first new song from a reunited AC/Dc, and so much more.
If you missed any part of this show, you can stream it again on-demand 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, from PariahRocks.com, that’s P-A-R-I-A-H-R-O-C-K-S-dot com.
Also at PariahRocks.com is that full Eddie Van Halen medley I told you about.
And my full, uncut interview with Black Wolf Mountain.
You can stream that right now, anytime, anywhere you happen to be.
AND, this being Rocktober, there’s also the Hard, Heavy & Hairy Halloween Special streaming on-demand, too. There’s last week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Halloween SHOW, which is two hours of the greatest Halloween-inspired Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 20-teens and today. And THEN, there’s the OTHER no-repeat, no-talk, commercial-free Hard, Heavy & Hairy Halloween streams–8 hours of them! Seriously, if like Halloween, if you love ghost, witches, vampires, demons, and monsters, if you LIVE for Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair like I do, you HAVE to check out those shows. They’re streaming now on-demand to any internet-connected device you might have, all from PariahRocks.com.
My name is Pariah Burke, I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny host and producer. Thank you for joining me for this week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
I’ll see you back here next week on this station for another all new Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. Skid Row is going to play us out with “Rattlesnake Shake.”
Skid Row – Rattlesnake Shake