Bands In The Woods Wednesday: Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth)

Today in Bands In The Woods we take a look at OG Van Halen chilling riverside in Kyoto! photo by Koh Hasebe.

When they weren’t “Dancing In The Streets” (as featured on the new Cabin Fever Mix), Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth of Van Halen could be seen sitting in quiet contemplation by Kyoto’s riverside, where the only thing that could be heard is David Lee Roth’s loud clothes.

More ‘Bands In The Woods’:
Bands In The Woods Wednesday: Neil Peart (Of Rush)
Bands In The Woods Wednesday: Heart
Bands In The Woods Wednesday: ZZ Top

Some more promo from that tour. Yes, Eddie Van Halen can even pretend to play guitar better than you.
A more down to earth Roth and Halen. Photograph by Koh Hasebe.

Photographed in 1978 by renowned Japanese rock photographer, Koh Hasebe, during their first tour of Japan, these series of photos were taken in the rural area of Kyoto. OK, ok its not the woods per se but it has a nice outdoorsy feel to it with docks, the river, boats and the foliage.

What is so unusual about these photos is that the band seems to be getting along so well. Before egos and internal band disputes the two leading men from Van Halen seem very chill. Of course David Lee Roth is overdressed and looking flashy for the scene but…

Why didn’t they shoot outdoors at Mt. Fuji? Maybe it was closed that day for climbing. Whoooaaa!

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More from that photo shoot here at

Listen to Van Halen’s “Dancing In the Streets” on the new mix CABIN FEVER!

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