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So what IS the Greatest American Rock Band?

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The more I ponder this question the more I come to the conclusion that the best answer is most likely the original incarnation of Van Halen from 1978 - 1984. They had everything you could want in a rock and roll band. David Lee Roth was the best entertainer and front man and at the time he could really sing well too, Edward Van Halen was groundbreaking, influential and insanely good as a lead player, a rhythm player and as a riff writer as well as a good harmony vocalist, Michael Anthony was as solid a bass player as they come and was arguably the best harmony vocalist in any American rock and roll band and Alex Van Halen could rock and could roll with the best swing and killer chops of any American rock and roll drummer I can think of. As good as they were as individuals, the sum of their parts were even better.

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I can't disagree with that.

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And caught Diamond Dave about 10 years ago. The man does not disappoint. His stage banter alone is worth the price of admission.

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I’ve never been one to much concern myself with other people’s musical preferences.

Coincidentally, I like the Eagles and I think they’re the strongest contender for the title. I figure its either them or the Beach Boys.

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Van Halen isn't the greatest American rock band...

Van Halen is the greatest Dutch rock band.

;)

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You realize that it's all just a matter of personal taste.

It'd be boring any other way.

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OK, if not the JHE, then how about the 1910 Fruit Gum Company? Now that's some subversive s&^%$#.

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The greatest American Band is Australian.

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Dr.Teeth and The Electric Mayhem.

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Van Halen isn't the greatest American rock band...

Van Halen is the greatest Dutch rock band.

;)

– Ger (aka Ratrod)

Exactly, the Van Halen brothers were born in The Netherlands. So they are out.... ; )

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Well, these guys might be Americans, maybe:

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Van Halen isn't the greatest American rock band...

Van Halen is the greatest Dutch rock band.

;)

– Ger (aka Ratrod)

Also the greatest Indonesian rock band.

Eddie with the encouragement of his Indonesian mommy.

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Well, these guys might be Americans, maybe:

– Timthom62

PLayed at least one song written by Barry White. I have their album. My favorite cut:

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Also the greatest Indonesian rock band.

Eddie with the encouragement of his Indonesian mommy.

– ThePolecats

I tried to follow EVHs path. But failed. Must be more to it than just the guitar.

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Also the greatest Indonesian rock band.

Eddie with the encouragement of his Indonesian mommy.

– ThePolecats

The greatest Indonesian rock band was the Tielman Brothers.

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It's a long thread, but assuming no one before me has mentioned it. For over 50 years Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have been rocking America. There are so many of their songs that when you hear you have instant recognition and a memory.


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