For fans of Van Halen, knowing that you’ve got everything that the band has ever recorded is a must. Well, check this out, a few rare recordings of the band covering classic tunes have surfaced. The first, a classic Queen song, has been posted online by the author of a new book on Van Halen’s early years in California.
The somewhat raw recording of the band has been found and posted by biographer Greg Renoff. The recording is of a live performance recorded at Pasadena High School on April 25, 1975. Van Halen covering the song “Now I’m Here” from Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack album.
Renoff posted the recording to coincide with the release of his new book Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, which is being sold at the Van Halen Store.
Bravewords.com has reported that the new book is based on 230 original interviews with band insiders including original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony as well as Pete Angelus, Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and Neil Zlozower.
The second track is the band performing the classic Beatles song, “Drive My Car”. The track was recorded in 1976 at Los Angeles hotspot, Gazzarri’s. The band played a 45 minute set of covers back then–a great way to hone your songwriting chops, for sure.
You can check out both recordings bellow.