Varsity Blues (film)
Varsity Blues is a 1999 American comedy-drama-sports film directed by Brian Robbins and starring James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, Scott Caan. It follows a small-town 3A high school football team and their overbearing coach through a tumultuous season; the players must deal with the pressures of adolescence and their football-obsessed community while having their hard coach on their back constantly. In the small town of West Canaan, football is a way of life, losing is not an option; the film drew a domestic box office gross of $52 million against its estimated $16 million budget despite mixed critical reviews. Jonathan "Mox" Moxon is an intelligent and academically gifted backup quarterback for the West Canaan High School football team. Despite his relative popularity at school, easy friendships with other players and smart and sassy girlfriend Jules Harbor, he is dissatisfied with his life, he wants to leave Texas to go to school at Brown University. He is at odds with his football-obsessed father and dreads playing it under legendary coach Bud Kilmer, a verbally abusive, controlling authoritarian who cares only for winning, at all costs.
In 30 years of coaching at West Canaan, Kilmer has won two state titles and 22 district championships. His philosophy takes its toll on the team's all-state starting quarterback, Lance Harbor, Mox's best friend and Jules' brother, who has earned a football scholarship to play for Florida State. Harbor is manipulated by Kilmer into taking anesthetic shots on an injured knee, further injured during a game, he is rushed to the hospital, where doctors are appalled at the massive amount of scar tissue found under his knee and determine that the effects of the injury are permanent and will prevent him from being able to play football for a year and a half, costing him his FSU scholarship. Mox is shocked when Kilmer feigns ignorance about Harbor's knee problems, yet accepts his role as replacement captain and starting quarterback; the move brings unexpected dividends for him, one of them being Darcy Sears, Lance's cheerleader girlfriend, who wants to marry a football player to escape small-town life.
She attempts to seduce Mox, sporting a "bikini" made of whipped cream over her otherwise naked body, but he rebuffs her as politely as he can and helps to cheer her up by telling her that she can get out of West Canaan on her own without anyone's help. Disgusted with Kilmer and not feeling a strong need to win, Mox starts calling his own plays on the field without Kilmer's approval and takes his group of friends and teammates, including Lance, out to a strip club on the night before a game, which they subsequently lose due to poor play from still being hungover, he chides his father, screaming at him, "I don't want your life!" Sam had played football at West Canaan under Kilmer, who dismissed him as cowardly and talentless and yet still commanded Sam's respect and obediance. When Kilmer learns that Mox has earned a full academic scholarship to Brown, the coach threatens to scuttle the student's scholarship if he continues to disobey and disrespect him. Kilmer's lack of concern for his players continues, resulting in an emotional breakdown of offensive guard, Billy Bob, who Kilmer blamed for Lance's knee injury.
When starting tailback Wendell Brown, another friend of Mox's, is injured on the field during the final game of the season, Kilmer pressures him during halftime into taking a shot of cortisone to deaden the pain from his injury and allow him to continue - just as he had done with Lance - at the risk of permanent injury. Desperate to be recruited by a good college, Wendell agrees. Mox threatens Kilmer that he'll quit the team if the needle enters Wendell's knee. Undaunted, Kilmer reminds him about altering his transcripts and orders Charlie Tweeder, starting wide receiver and friend of Mox and Wendell, to replace Mox, but he quits. Billy Bob steps in to defend his teammates. Mox tells Kilmer. Realizing that he will be forced to forfeit the game, he loses control and physically assaults Mox; the other players intercede and refuse to take to the field. Knowing his loss of control has cost him his credibility, Kilmer tries in vain to rally support and spark the team's spirit into trusting him, but none of the players follow him out of the locker room.
He continues down the hall, upon seeing that no one following him, turns the other direction and into his office. After an inspiring speech from Mox to rally the team, they take the field under the leadership of Lance, who takes over coaching duties for the second half, manage to win the game. In a voice-over epilogue, Mox recounts several characters' aftermaths, including the fact that Kilmer left town and never coached again despite his statue still standing. Lance became a successful coach, Wendell earned a football scholarship to Grambling, Mox took his scholarship and would graduate from Brown University, but he never played football again. James Van Der Beek as Jonathon "Mox" Moxon, an academically successful, rebellious backup quarterback Jon Voight as Bud Kilmer, the Coyotes' 30-year head coach Paul Walker as Lance Harbor, the original captain and starting quarterback of the Coyotes, Jules's older brother Amy Smart as Jules Harbor, Mox's girlfriend
A phonograph record is an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. The groove starts near the periphery and ends near the center of the disc. At first, the discs were made from shellac. In recent decades, records have sometimes been called vinyl records, or vinyl; the phonograph disc record was the primary medium used for music reproduction throughout the 20th century. It had co-existed with the phonograph cylinder from the late 1880s and had superseded it by around 1912. Records retained the largest market share when new formats such as the compact cassette were mass-marketed. By the 1980s, digital media, in the form of the compact disc, had gained a larger market share, the vinyl record left the mainstream in 1991. Since the 1990s, records continue to be manufactured and sold on a smaller scale, are used by disc jockeys and released by artists in dance music genres, listened to by a growing niche market of audiophiles; the phonograph record has made a notable niche resurgence in the early 21st century – 9.2 million records were sold in the U.
S. in 2014, a 260% increase since 2009. In the UK sales have increased five-fold from 2009 to 2014; as of 2017, 48 record pressing facilities remain worldwide, 18 in the United States and 30 in other countries. The increased popularity of vinyl has led to the investment in new and modern record-pressing machines. Only two producers of lacquers remain: Apollo Masters in California, MDC in Japan. Phonograph records are described by their diameter in inches, the rotational speed in revolutions per minute at which they are played, their time capacity, determined by their diameter and speed. Vinyl records may be scratched or warped if stored incorrectly but if they are not exposed to high heat, carelessly handled or broken, a vinyl record has the potential to last for centuries; the large cover are valued by collectors and artists for the space given for visual expression when it comes to the long play vinyl LP. The phonautograph, patented by Léon Scott in 1857, used a vibrating diaphragm and stylus to graphically record sound waves as tracings on sheets of paper, purely for visual analysis and without any intent of playing them back.
In the 2000s, these tracings were first scanned by audio engineers and digitally converted into audible sound. Phonautograms of singing and speech made by Scott in 1860 were played back as sound for the first time in 2008. Along with a tuning fork tone and unintelligible snippets recorded as early as 1857, these are the earliest known recordings of sound. In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. Unlike the phonautograph, it could both record and reproduce sound. Despite the similarity of name, there is no documentary evidence that Edison's phonograph was based on Scott's phonautograph. Edison first tried recording sound on a wax-impregnated paper tape, with the idea of creating a "telephone repeater" analogous to the telegraph repeater he had been working on. Although the visible results made him confident that sound could be physically recorded and reproduced, his notes do not indicate that he reproduced sound before his first experiment in which he used tinfoil as a recording medium several months later.
The tinfoil was wrapped around a grooved metal cylinder and a sound-vibrated stylus indented the tinfoil while the cylinder was rotated. The recording could be played back immediately; the Scientific American article that introduced the tinfoil phonograph to the public mentioned Marey and Barlow as well as Scott as creators of devices for recording but not reproducing sound. Edison invented variations of the phonograph that used tape and disc formats. Numerous applications for the phonograph were envisioned, but although it enjoyed a brief vogue as a startling novelty at public demonstrations, the tinfoil phonograph proved too crude to be put to any practical use. A decade Edison developed a improved phonograph that used a hollow wax cylinder instead of a foil sheet; this proved to be both a better-sounding and far more useful and durable device. The wax phonograph cylinder created the recorded sound market at the end of the 1880s and dominated it through the early years of the 20th century. Lateral-cut disc records were developed in the United States by Emile Berliner, who named his system the "gramophone", distinguishing it from Edison's wax cylinder "phonograph" and American Graphophone's wax cylinder "graphophone".
Berliner's earliest discs, first marketed in 1889, only in Europe, were 12.5 cm in diameter, were played with a small hand-propelled machine. Both the records and the machine were adequate only for use as a toy or curiosity, due to the limited sound quality. In the United States in 1894, under the Berliner Gramophone trademark, Berliner started marketing records of 7 inches diameter with somewhat more substantial entertainment value, along with somewhat more substantial gramophones to play them. Berliner's records had poor sound quality compared to wax cylinders, but his manufacturing associate Eldridge R. Johnson improved it. Abandoning Berliner's "Gramophone" tradem
Parents Music Resource Center
The Parents Music Resource Center was an American committee formed in 1985 with the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to have violent, drug-related or sexual themes via labeling albums with Parental Advisory stickers. The committee was founded by four women known as the "Washington Wives" – a reference to their husbands' connections with government in the Washington, D. C. area. The women who founded the PMRC are Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and Vice President Al Gore; the PMRC grew to include 22 participants before shutting down in the mid-to-late 1990s. As a method of combating this alleged problem, the PMRC suggested a voluntary move by the RIAA and the music industry to develop "guidelines and/or a rating system" similar to the MPAA film rating system. Additional suggestions from the PMRC that appeared in an article in the Washington Post included: printing warnings and lyrics on album covers, forcing record stores to put albums with explicit covers under the counters, pressuring television stations not to broadcast explicit songs or videos, "reassess" the contracts of musicians who performed violently or sexually in concert, creating a panel to set industry standards.
Transcript In August 1985, 19 record companies agreed to put "Parental Guidance: Explicit Lyrics" labels on albums to warn consumers of explicit lyrical content. Before the labels could be put into place, the Senate agreed to hold a hearing on so-called "porn rock"; this began on September 19, 1985, when representatives from the PMRC, three musicians—Dee Snider, Frank Zappa, John Denver—and Senators Paula Hawkins and Al Gore testified before the Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee on "the subject of the content of certain sound recordings and suggestions that recording packages be labeled to provide a warning to prospective purchasers of sexually explicit or other offensive content." Paula Hawkins presented three record covers and the music videos for "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen, "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister, commenting: "Much has changed since Elvis' innocent times. Subtleties and innuendo have given way to overt expressions and descriptions of violent sexual acts, drug taking, flirtations with the occult.
The record album covers to me are self-explanatory." Susan Baker testified that "There are many causes for these ills in our society, but it is our contention that the pervasive messages aimed at children which promote and glorify suicide, sadomasochism, so on, have to be numbered among the contributing factors." Tipper Gore asked record companies to voluntarily "plac a warning label on music products inappropriate for younger children due to explicit sexual or violent lyrics." National PTA Vice President for Legislative Activity Millie Waterman related the PTA's role in the debate, proposed printing the symbol "R" on the cover of recordings containing "explicit sexual language, profanity, the occult and glorification of drugs and alcohol", providing lyrics for "R"-labeled albums. In addition, Dr. Joe Stuessy, a music professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, spoke regarding the power of music to influence behavior, he argued that heavy metal was different from earlier forms of music such as jazz and rock and roll because it was "church music" and "had as one of its central elements the element of hatred."
Dr. Paul King, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, testified on the deification of heavy metal musicians, to the presentation of heavy metal as a religion, he stated that "many" adolescents read into song lyrics. During his statement and producer Frank Zappa asserted that "the PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, promises to keep the courts busy for years dealing with the interpretation and enforcement problems inherent in the proposal's design." He went on to state his suspicion that the hearings were a front for H. R. 2911, a proposed blank tape tax: "The major record labels need to have H. R. 2911 whiz through a few committees before anybody smells a rat. One of them is chaired by Senator Thurmond. Is it a coincidence that Mrs. Thurmond is affiliated with the PMRC?" Zappa had earlier stated about the Senate's agreement to hold a hearing on the matter that "A couple of blowjobs here and there and Bingo!—you get a hearing."Folk rock musician John Denver stated he was "strongly opposed to censorship of any kind in our society or anywhere else in the world", that in his experience censors misinterpret music, as was the case with his song "Rocky Mountain High".
In addition, Denver expressed his belief that censorship is counterproductive: "That, denied becomes that, most desired, that, hidden becomes that, most interesting. A great deal of time and energy is spent trying to get at what is being kept from you." When Denver came up to give his speech, many on the PMRC board expected him to side with them, thinking he would be offended by the lyrics as well. Dee Snider and lead singer of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, testified that he " not support... Gortikov's unnecessary and unfortunate decision to agree to a so-called generic label on some selected records". Like John Denver, Snider felt, he defended the Twisted Sister songs "Under the Blade"
Eddie Van Halen
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician and producer. He is the main songwriter and founder—with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, singer David Lee Roth—of the American hard rock band Van Halen. In 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader's poll for "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Born in Amsterdam, Edward Lodewijk van Halen is the son of Jan van Halen and Eugenia van Halen. Jan van Halen was a Dutch clarinetist and pianist, Eugenia van Halen was an Indo from Rangkasbitung on the island of Java in Indonesia. Eddie Van Halen's middle name, "Lodewijk", is the Dutch equivalent of "Ludwig". In February 1962, the Van Halen family moved from the Netherlands to the United States, settling in Pasadena, California. Both Eddie and his older brother, Alex van Halen, are naturalized U. S. citizens. The brothers learned to play the piano as children starting at the age of six, they commuted from Pasadena to San Pedro to study with an elderly man, Stasys Kalvaitis who taught them classical piano.
Although they hated the commute, they continued as their mother would discipline them if they refused to go. Van Halen revealed in an interview. Instead, he learned from listening. During recitals of Bach or Mozart, he would improvise. From 1964 through 1967, he won first place in the annual piano competition held at Long Beach City College. Afterward, the judges would comment that he had an interesting interpretation of the classical piece. Van Halen's view was, "What? I thought I was playing it correctly!" However, according to one interview, playing the piano did not prove to be challenging or interesting to him. While Alex began playing the guitar, Eddie bought a drum kit and began practicing for hours every day. After Eddie heard Alex's performance of The Surfaris' drum solo in the song Wipe Out, he decided to switch instruments and began learning how to play the electric guitar. According to Eddie, as a teen, he would practice while walking around at home with his guitar strapped on or sitting in his room for hours with the door locked.
Eddie Van Halen acknowledged the importance of supergroup Cream's "I'm So Glad" on Goodbye Cream to be "mind-blowing". He once claimed that he had learned all of Eric Clapton's solos in the band Cream "...note for note." "I've always said Eric Clapton was my main influence," Van Halen said, "but Jimmy Page was more the way I am, in a reckless-abandon kind of way."Eddie and Alex formed their first band with three other boys, calling themselves The Broken Combs, performing at lunchtime at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena, where Eddie was in the fourth grade. Eddie would say that this was when he first felt the desire to become a professional musician. Van Halen's approach to the guitar involves several distinctive components, his use of two-handed tapping and artificial harmonics and tremolo picking, combined with his rhythmic sensibility and melodic approach, have influenced an entire generation of guitarists. The instrumental "Eruption" was voted No. 2 in Guitar World magazine's readers poll of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
Van Halen, like many rock guitarists, has never learned to read music. The 1978 instrumental "Eruption" by Van Halen showcased a solo technique called tapping, using both left and right hands on the guitar neck. Although Van Halen popularized tapping, he did not invent the tapping technique, used infrequently by various guitarists in blues and rock in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. George Lynch said in an interview that he and Van Halen saw Harvey Mandel tap at the Starwood in the 1970s. Van Halen's accounts of how he came across the tapping technique vary. In one interview with Guitar World, he said:I think I got the idea of tapping watching Jimmy Page do his "Heartbreaker" solo back in 1971, he was doing a pull-off to an open string, I thought wait a minute, open string... pull off. I can do that, but what if I use my finger as the nut and move it around? I just ran with it. Van Halen employs tapping harmonics, he holds the pick between his thumb and middle finger, which leaves his index finger free for tapping, makes for easy transitions between picking and tapping.
Van Halen holds a patent for a flip-out support device that attaches to the rear of the electric guitar. This device enables the user to play the guitar in a manner similar to the piano by orienting the face of the guitar upward instead of forward. Van Halen has used a variety of pickups including Gibson PAFs, 1970s Mighty Mites, DiMarzios and Ibanez Super 70s, he was using Mighty Mite pickups in 1977 club photos, just prior to the recording of the first Van Halen album. Mighty Mite pickups were OEM pickups made by Seymour Duncan and were copies of DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups. Seymour Duncan rewound a Gibson PAF for Van Halen around early 1978, his guitars include various Kramer models from his period of endorsement for that company and three signature models: the Ernie Ball/Music Man Edward van Halen Model, the Peavey EVH Wolfgang, the Charvel EVH Art Series, on which Van Halen does the striping before they are painted by Charvel. His current deal is with Fen
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
Guitar Hero: Van Halen
Guitar Hero: Van Halen is a music rhythm game in the Guitar Hero series. As with the previous games Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Guitar Hero: Metallica, the game features 25 songs from Van Halen along with 19 additional songs from selected artists that have been inspired by the group; the game was released in retail for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii systems on December 22, 2009, in North America, in February 2010 for PAL regions. However, as part of a promotion with Guitar Hero 5, the game was shipped to Guitar Hero 5 purchasers in North America prior to its retail release; the game was developed by Neversoft with Underground Development assisting Neversoft on developing the Xbox 360 port and published by Activision. The game has received mixed reviews from critics, most of which consider the game's quality to be inferior to its predecessor, Guitar Hero: Metallica and other games of the series; the reviewers criticized the lack of former Van Halen members Michael Anthony, Gary Cherone, Sammy Hagar.
Guitar Hero: Van Halen is similar to the preceding band-centric game, Guitar Hero: Metallica, featuring support for four players in a single band on lead and bass guitar and vocals. The game is based on the engine originating from Guitar Hero World Tour, thus does not feature the additions that are present in Guitar Hero 5, such as drop-in/drop-out play. Only the current members of the band—Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen—are playable avatars in the game for the Van Halen songs; the band appear as they did in 2009 but, by completing challenges in the game, players can unlock their older appearances from the "spandex era with the big hair and tight pants". Despite not being alive during this period of the band's history, Wolfgang Van Halen's avatar has a retro outfit copied from the dice-shirt-and-patchwork-jeans getup worn by his father in the video for "Panama". A demo of the game was released to Xbox Live on December 9, 2009, featuring two Van Halen songs, "Eruption" and "Panama", along with Weezer's "Dope Nose" and Killswitch Engage's "The End of Heartache".
While the game was formally announced by Activision on May 7, 2009, several sources reported a month earlier that Van Halen was in development. USK, the German software ratings board, posted a content rating for a Van Halen-based game in the series. GameStop temporarily listed the game for pre-order during the month of April. A list of Xbox 360 Achievements was posted to the Internet in early May. Throughout September 2009, people who purchased or preordered Guitar Hero 5 in the US were given a code which they could redeem to receive a free copy of Guitar Hero: Van Halen prior to its retail release; these copies began arriving to customers in early October for PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii players, while the PlayStation 3 version was delayed due to a printing error. The game came in a cardboard sleeve with cover art indicating. Like the other band-centric Guitar Hero games, Guitar Hero: Van Halen includes 25 songs from the band Van Halen, including three guitar solos by Eddie Van Halen, in addition to 19 guest acts.
The Van Halen songs in the game are taken during the time when David Lee Roth was in the band, do not include any works during the period that Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone were band members. Riley stated that most of the guest acts were selected by Wolfgang Van Halen, at the suggestion of Roth; the following songs are included in the game: ^+ Song contains both a single and double bass drums chart.^a Song is a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen. Early reviews of the promotional version of the game received by redeeming a code that came with Guitar Hero 5 were critical of the game. IGN's Erik Brudvig rated the game 4.9/10, citing problems with the lack of relevance of Van Halen relative to the culture of the 2000s, including having their avatars based on their current appearances rather than that of their 80s heyday, the lack of songs from Sammy Hagar's period in the band, the lack of features since introduced with Guitar Hero 5. Brudvig stated that those who got the game free through the Guitar Hero 5 promotion "got what they paid for".
Robert Workman of Game Daily was less critical of the title, but still noted that the game lacked features, including some mention of Hagar and Gary Cherone and songs from their period with the band, felt that the title was below the quality of Guitar Hero: Metallica. Both Brudvig and Workman commented positively on the sound recordings and the note tracking of the Van Halen songs. Guitar Hero: Van Halen reviews following its release were mixed. Ben Kuchera of Ars Technica considered the game's limited coverage of the band's history to be "a sadly revisionist and dishonest take", felt that the non-Van Halen songs clashed with the band's own material. Kuchera further pointed to Activision's distribution strategy for the game, stating that he felt that giving the game away free with Guitar Hero 5 showed that Activision did not have confidence in the game. Philip Horton of The Telegraph was critical of the game's song selection, the band's modern appearance, the lack of any additional extras compared with either the previous band-centric games or Guitar Hero 5, described it as "the weakest offering in the series to date".
Kate Carter of The Guardian commented that the game is "neither one thing