During Ted Nugent’s “Real America Voice” podcast, the rocker shared his love for Van Halen, saying the following:
“When I first saw Van Halen, they opened up for me. I think the first gig was either Omaha or Des Moines, Iowa. But I heard that guitar, and I was aware of the ‘You Really Got Me’ guitar solo. But let me tell you, Eddie Van Halen stood out because he hit such heretofore uncharted frequencies and patterns.
”He obliterated the predictable scales. He went places that no one had ever gone in the noises, in the use of the flanger and the tone of this amplifier that he made in his basement and a guitar that he made in his basement.’
“But let me show you, as a music lover, as frontal and as apparent as Eddie’s guitar impact was, I give equal power and virtuosity to David Lee Roth as a vocal adventurer and vocal stylist and a frontman, energized leader of the pack. But I also give equal props to Michael Anthony as a foundational inescapable groove, rhythm bass player, and I believe unequaled background and harmony vocalist.
“So I give Eddie Van Halen 10, David Lee Roth 10, Michael Anthony 10, Alex Van Halen 11. I mean, these guys, I know what it takes. And here’s the term that is not properly applied to the musical world: work ethic. Those guys practiced like addicted animals.
”My band, we practiced every day, ’cause we wanted to deliver a tight, authoritative beast of song after song. And then David Lee Roth put the frosting on the cake and the cherry on top with his showmanship and his virility, dare I say, his effervescent masculinity.” […]