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Van Halen: Intimate Pics of the Early Days Via Rock Paper Photo

Amazing vintage photos of Eddie and Co. through the lens of Mark Weiss

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Greetings From Asbury Park

Mark Weiss was still in high school when he began sneaking into Madison Square Garden concerts with his camera in the mid-Seventies. "I'd give the guy at the door three or four dollars to get in," he says. "I'd stuff my camera under a baggy sweatshirt and between bands I'd jump over the barricade to the front of the stage and start shooting the show." At first, he merely sold  8x10's out of his high school locker for a buck a piece, but before he knew it the editors of Circus magazine saw his shots of Aerosmith at Giants Stadium and they put him to work for real. One of his first assignments was Van Halen at Convention Hall in Asbury Park on August 11th, 1979. "I got my backstage pass and saw Eddie just hanging out," he says. "He stood by a road case and I started snapping photos."

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