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Eddie Van Halen’s wildest rock star moments: Cocaine, weapons and intercourse



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Whereas performing onstage together with his namesake band, Eddie Van Halen was well-known for flying by means of their air, legs splayed, slashing out stinging riffs on his custom-made Stratocaster.

If followers questioned the place the power got here from, they solely wanted to look on prime of his amplifier cupboard the place, based on a narrative within the Each day Mail, he routinely laid out strains of cocaine. Snorts of powder saved him supercharged for the group’s high-energy performances. Simply to verify he had what he wanted, Eddie reportedly aligned himself with a globetrotting drug supplier who’d fly wherever on the planet with a provide of top-notch Peruvian blow.

The beloved rock legend died October 6 at 65 after an extended battle with most cancers.

To those that cherished the band, Eddie’s onstage enjoying was legendary. However to those that labored with him and knew him finest, it’s what occurred offstage that is still really unforgettable. Simply ask Fred Durst. In 2001, as chronicled within the e book “Eruption within the Canyon: 212 Days and Nights with the Genius of Eddie Van Halen,” Eddie engaged in an aborted jam session with the Limp Bizkit frontman. For some motive, Eddie occurred to go away his gear behind. When Durst was sluggish to return the gear, Eddie took issues into his personal arms.

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In accordance with the e book, Eddie hopped into an assault car he someway owned and drove to Durst’s house. Shirtless, gun in hand, hair up in a samurai bun, he knocked on the door. In accordance with writer Andrew Bennett, Eddie informed him, “{That a} - - gap answered the door. I put my gun to that silly f - - king crimson hat of his, and I mentioned, ‘The place’s my s - - t, motherf - - ker?’ That f - - king man simply turned to one in every of his staff and begins yelling at him to seize my s - - t.”

The e book maintained that Eddie saved a pistol pressed to Durst’s head because the musical gear was loaded into Eddie’s military-surplus car.

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However Eddie — whose normally trashed home-studio was named 5150, referring to the part of California’s Welfare and Establishments Code which permits a police officer to involuntarily confine an individual deemed to have a psychological dysfunction that makes them a hazard  — was unpredictable.

There was the live performance look when he was about to get onstage with Sharpie scribblings inexplicably throughout his face and chest. Happily, an assist helped him to scrub off the ink earlier than he hit the footlights and embarrassed himself. And there was the evening he confirmed up at bandmate Sammy Hagar’s oceanfront house at 2:30 within the morning, blitzed out of his thoughts, bottle of Jack Daniels in hand, demanding that they write a tune collectively. Hagar — who changed David Lee Roth as Van Halen’s vocalist in 1985, after Eddie tracked him down by means of an auto mechanic they each used — recounted that story, in addition to his betrothed’s chagrin over the sudden go to, in his memoir “Purple: My Uncensored Life in Rock.” He added that Eddie’s then-wife Valerie Bertinelli — the 2 married in 1981, quickly after she first noticed him on the again of a Van Halen album cowl — had tossed Eddie from their house for the evening.

Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen at their wedding.
Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen at their marriage ceremony.Ron Galella Assortment through Getty

However loads of bizarre issues occurred with Eddie. Just like the time a girl filed a paternity go well with in opposition to him. Eddie shrugged it off, insisting that their sexual relations all befell in his automotive on the Pacific Coast Freeway and had been strictly oral. “You understand how I like a fairly face in my crotch,” he allegedly informed Van Halen street supervisor Noel Monk, writer of “Runnin’ With the Satan: A Backstage Cross to the Wild Instances, Loud Rock, and the Down and Soiled Fact Behind the Making of Van Halen.” Even Eddie couldn’t impregnate a girl through her mouth. The go well with was tossed.

Hopefully, nevertheless, Eddie was driving someplace near the pace restrict when the deeds went down. He and Hagar had been each automotive fanatics and loved racing their pricy Italian autos. Recalling what transpired after recording periods, Hagar wrote concerning the bandmates blazing down LA roadways at speeds of 150 miles per hour.

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Eddie Van Halen on the Brendan Byrne Area (now the Meadowlands) in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on April 3, 1984

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Eddie (proper, with David Lee Roth)carried out with the band for practically 50 years.

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He and his brother (not pictured) helped kind the band in 1972.

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Eddie died at age 65.

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Eddie Van Halen in 1978 in Chicago


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Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs on the “Diver Down” tour at Madison Sq. Backyard circa 1982.

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Van Halen through the band’s “Truthful Warning Tour” on July 3, 1981

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Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen in 1995


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Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen

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Eddie Van Halen and his then-wife, Valerie Bertinelli, on Feb. 18, 1995, in New York Metropolis

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Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen at their marriage ceremony.

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Sammy Hagar (left) and Eddie Van Halen in 1993

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Van Halen on the 1992 American Music Awards

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Sammy Hagar (not pictured), Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen on the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards

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Higher, maybe, with automobiles than with individuals, Eddie was not the simplest individual in relationships.  His bouts with former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth had been legendary. A vexed Eddie as soon as whipped a glass bowl of guacamole on the head of Roth. And he didn’t precisely give Bertinelli the kid-glove therapy both. When she joined him on one of many band’s excursions, Eddie reportedly had her sleep in an adjoining bed room, in order that he might keep up all evening together with his booze, cocaine and guitar.

In accordance with Monk’s e book, after the solo music-making, he’d settle in with the street supervisor, lay his head upon Monk’s shoulder, inform him how a lot he cherished him and nod off like a child with a bottle of vodka pressed up in opposition to his lips.

If Eddie was egocentric together with his time, the identical couldn’t be mentioned for his medication — “Ed likes me skinny,” Bertinelli reportedly informed Monk’s fiancée to account for her dips into Eddie’s cocaine provide — and his physique. In his e book, Monk wrote that Eddie had been banging a smorgasbord of groupies each evening previous to Bertinelli’s arrival on the tour.

However, after all, ladies had been simple to come back by and sometimes bought handled disrespectfully. In his e book, Monk recounted the evening that Eddie and his bandmates had a keen fan lay bare in mattress in order that they might cowl her in condiments — and so they did.

However the wild life-style took its toll on the nice guitarist. He wound up needing a hip alternative in 1999 and have become alarmingly skinny following his analysis of throat most cancers in 2000.

Hagar wrote concerning the six-string maestro being hooked on cigarettes and alcohol whereas battling the illness that landed in his throat and killed him. In accordance with Hagar, within the early 2000s, lots of Eddie’s tooth had been lacking and those that remained had turned black. Hagar attributes that to Eddie’s behavior of consuming rotgut wine immediately from the bottle.

When Hagar prompt that Van Halen use a glass, the guitarist hoisted his bottle and cheekily replied, “It’s in a glass.”

Parts of his tongue had been lower off, leaving Eddie talking with a lisp. As Hagar wrote in his e book, “He informed me he cured himself [of cancer] by having items of his tongue liquefied and injected into his physique. He additionally informed me that when he had his hip alternative, he stayed awake by means of the operation and helped the physician drill the outlet. What a fruitcake.”

It’s robust to dispute the weirdness, wildness and extremeness of Eddie Van Halen — qualities that got here by means of in his guitar virtuosity and in his life-style — however, right now, it’s higher to recollect him by the memorial that Hagar posted to Twitter. Above a photograph of the 2, fortunately buddied up collectively on a jet, the vocalist wrote, “Heartbroken and speechless. My like to the household.”


A decade earlier than James Bond, Sean Connery was a nude mannequin




Earlier than Bond and fame, Sean Connery spent his early 20s lifting weights and dealing odd jobs — together with as a nude mannequin for a reknowned Scottish artwork college.

The actor’s dying at age 90 was introduced by household on Saturday; quite a few obits have paid tribute to his profession as James Bond and different roles, and to his humble beginnings in Scotland.

“You used to do nude modeling as a younger man, is that true?” Jay Leno requested Connery in a 1999 interview.

When the viewers whooping simmered down, Connery raised one eyebrow wryly acknowledged this was true.

“On the Edinbugh School of Artwork, to make ends meet if you already know what I imply,” he quipped.

“There was three of us, truly,” he instructed Leno.

“There was an previous man who’d performed it for years and years, and a fairly a pretty younger lady and myself. And we had been the three fashions.”

The category was “largely ladies,” Connery instructed Leno.

“We used to get six and eight pence an hour for standing stationary and with 15 minutes off,” he mentioned.

At the very least one of many scholar works has since surfaced, a portrait painted in 1951, ten years earlier than he could be forged in his first of seven Bond motion pictures, Dr. No.

The oil portray reveals a buff, standing Connery at age 21, as seen from behind; it was found 9 years in the past among the many previous canvases of an aged British artist.

Connery was bodybuilding on the time, and two years later entered the Mr. Universe pageant in London, putting third, Folks journal famous on Saturday.

Whereas there competing, a fellow bodybuilder instructed him that auditions had been being held for the present “South Pacific.”

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Connery is seen on the 2012 US Open Tennis MatchCorbis by way of Getty Photos

He fibbed about having performing expertise to get the function, he later confessed.

“I’d no expertise no matter, and hadn’t even been on a stage earlier than, nevertheless it turned out to be certainly one of my extra clever strikes,” he mentioned in a 1965 Playboy interview, Huffington Publish famous Saturday.

In calling Connery “one of many best actors of all time” on Saturday, Arnold Schwarzenegger famous their shared bodybuilding roots — and their shared path from pageant to cinema.

“He offered limitless leisure for all of us & inspiration for me,” Schwarzenegger tweeted.

“I’m not simply saying that as a result of he was a bodybuilder who positioned within the Mr. Universe contest! He was an icon.”

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Sean Connery confirmed us the best way issues should be accomplished




James Bond might have been the last word British adventurer-rogue, however after I consider nice Sean Connery portrayals, my thoughts goes proper to Danny Dravot, aka “The Man Who Can be King.”

Connery and Michael Caine had the time of their lives enjoying two scrappy British sergeants out to retrace the steps of Alexander the Nice and conquer Afghanistan within the exhilarating 1975 John Huston movie primarily based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel. At one level Danny and Caine’s Peachy Carnahan are trapped on a mountain with no attainable technique of escape. And what do they do? They’ve amusing about all the great instances they’ve identified. An enormous, roaring, boisterous snigger. Such amusing that the 2 males spark off an avalanche which creates a bridge of snow over a chasm that permits them to flee. That was Connery and Caine all through their careers — two working-class blokes bluffing themselves to 1 nice huge merry snigger of a life.

As nice because the scene is, it’s surpassed by the (spoiler alert) climactic second when Danny’s luck runs out. Danny, who in battle was seen taking an arrow within the leather-based bandolier throughout his chest, turns into a god-king to the natives, who imagine following this fortunate incident that he have to be immortal. He and Peachy assist themselves to all the riches they will plunder and Danny takes probably the most lovely lady for his bride, however naturally the ruse is found. So he bows to his destiny and takes it like a person.

Despatched out on a rope bridge over a gorge, understanding that he’s to be executed by being made to plummet into infinity, he … sings. Loudly and lustily: “The Son of God goes forth to struggle/a kingly crown to realize …” It may be the best dying scene in cinema historical past, bluff and hearty and completely freed from remorse. How grand it’s to suppose that Connery was merely midway via his 90-year life.

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Sean Connery, left, and Michael Caine in “The Man Who Can be King.”Everett Assortment

Two different nice dying scenes displayed Connery’s vary, his emotional heat, his vitality: in “Robin and Marian” (1976), during which Connery performs Robin Hood on the finish of his life and an incandescent Audrey Hepburn performs his woman truthful in what turned out to be her ultimate nice efficiency, on his deathbed Connery’s Robin delivers an indescribably lovely farewell: “I really like you. Greater than all you recognize. I really like you greater than kids. Greater than fields I’ve planted with my fingers. I really like you greater than morning prayers or peace or meals to eat. I really like you greater than daylight, greater than flesh or pleasure.”

Then he fires an arrow into the space and asks Little John to bury them each the place it lands. Anybody who considered Connery as merely a wisecracking powerful man was sharply corrected by the emotional heat he dropped at this second, and but an excellent larger position was nonetheless to return.

Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn in "Robin and Marian."
Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn in “Robin and Marian.”Alamy Inventory Picture

Connery was the best option to ship David Mamet’s deathless line “Isn’t that identical to a wop — brings a knife to a gunfight” in “The Untouchables,” the position that was good sufficient and completely different sufficient from his stereotypical elements to lastly earn him his Oscar. Connery’s Malone is extra of an previous fox than a wolf, backing up the youthful characters with tactical recommendation, however when he fails to anticipate one enemy maneuver it prices him about 50 bullets to the chest we’d seen proudly bared so many instances.

Such was the ability of Connery’s life-force that it appeared believable that Malone might by some means hold on lengthy sufficient handy off one ultimate clue to Kevin Costner’s Eliot Ness, and one ultimate name to arms: “What are you ready to do?” So typically easy, sly and dapper and funky, Connery was now determined, torn, and mortal, and but equally riveting. Whether or not prowling via a on line casino in a dinner jacket or crawling bloodily into eternity, Connery was the form of film star who embodied the best way issues should be accomplished — the best way to love, the best way to snigger, the best way to stay, the best way to die.

Andy Garcia, from left, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and Charles Martin Smith in "The Untouchables."
Andy Garcia, from left, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and Charles Martin Smith in “The Untouchables.”©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Assortment

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How COVID shook up TV casts, from ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ to ‘Witcher’




Time to shuffle the deck.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into Hollywood’s plans, impacting TV exhibits throughout the board. For some, this implies untimely cancellations — even once they initially bought the inexperienced gentle of a renewal (reminiscent of Showtime’s Kirsten Dunst car “On Changing into a God in Central Florida,” or ABC’s “Stumptown”).

For others, it means dropping a star or shaking up the forged when manufacturing delays and shutdowns have an effect on actors’ availability.

Listed here are the largest exhibits that have been pressured to shake up their casts.

‘Dr. Dying’

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Jamie Dornan was initially set to star on this Peacock restricted sequence as Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Co-starring Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater, it’s primarily based on a sinister true story following a revered neurosurgeon who left his sufferers worse for put on. The function would have been a return to type for Dornan, who’s recognized for taking part in stiff swimsuit Christian Gray within the “50 Shades of Gray” franchise however did his greatest work taking part in a creepy serial killer in BBC sequence “The Fall.” However on Oct. 13, it was introduced that he was not accessible, because of the manufacturing’s pandemic-related delays. He’s been changed by Joshua Jackson, who additionally has apt vary (“The Affair,” “Little Fires In all places”) to play a pillar of the neighborhood with darkish secrets and techniques.

“Dr. Dying” doesn’t but have an introduced premiere date.

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’

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When Liv Tyler joined the spinoff to the hit Fox present “9-1-1,” starring reverse Rob Lowe, it was her community TV debut after a profession stuffed with motion pictures (“The Lord of the Rings” franchise) and status premium dramas (“The Leftovers”). Season 1 of “Lone Star” aired from January to March. Sadly, her time taking part in chief paramedic Michelle Blake was short-lived. Tyler, who lives together with her household in London, was reportedly reluctant to fly to Los Angeles to movie Season 2 amidst coronavirus issues. She gained’t get replaced, however community TV mainstay Gina Torres (“Fits”) will step into the second season to play a brand new character, filling within the gap Michelle leaves. Mockingly, Torres will play a lady who’s re-entering the workforce after her husband loses his restaurant job because of the pandemic.

Season 2 will premiere at an unspecified date in January 2021.

‘The Witcher’

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The Netflix fantasy swords-and-monsters epic starring Henry Cavill initially forged Danish actor Thue Ersted Ramussen as Eskel, a fellow Witcher (magical monster-hunter) character who’s a fan favourite from the books and video video games the sequence relies on. Nevertheless, the present noticed a scheduling shake-up after the manufacturing shut down in March and resumed in August (certainly one of its new actors, “Recreation of Thrones’” Kristofer Hivju, even examined constructive for the virus). Ramussen posted on his Instagram, “Sadly, because of the rescheduling due to Covid-19, I can’t be portraying Eskel…it’s heartbreaking.” Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz (“The Favourite”) has been recast within the function.

Season 2 doesn’t but have an introduced premiere date.


Ben Feldman as Jonah, America Ferrera as Amy and Nico Santos as Mateo in "Superstore."
Ben Feldman as Jonah, America Ferrera as Amy and Nico Santos as Mateo in “Superstore.”Greg Gayne/NBC

In what is likely to be the one occasion of the pandemic inflicting an actor to vary their schedule for the higher, star America Ferrera was set to depart the NBC office sitcom on the finish of Season 5 (she cited the explanations of spending extra time together with her household and pursuing different alternatives). Nevertheless, that season’s manufacturing was pressured to close down one episode quick, throwing a wrench in that plan. With a view to give Amy a correct send-off, she’s lingering longer than initially deliberate, staying an additional two episodes into Season 6. The present airs Thursdays at eight p.m.

‘The Voice’

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In October 2019, it was introduced that Gwen Stefani was leaving NBC’s hit actuality sequence to do a Las Vegas residency. (She appeared in Seasons 7, 9, 12, and 17.) Nick Jonas stepped in, teaching alongside Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson in Season 18. Nevertheless, Stefani’s residency was scheduled to final via Could of 2020 and ended prior to anticipated due to the pandemic. She’s now free to return to “The Voice” and her fiancée Shelton. In the meantime, Jonas is out after only one season (though he has not disclosed if his departure has something to do with the present state of the world). Season 19 is presently airing Mondays and Tuesdays at eight p.m.

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