Being a member of possibly the world's most intense music act, Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato might not strike you as a "massive Van Halen fan," but it turns out that's exactly what he is. Chatting with Team Rock Radio, Greg discussed his passion for the iconic four-piece, calling Eddie and co. basically the most pioneering group in US history. "We all know all of the great British rock bands," the singer kicked off. "UK is synonymous with rock 'n' roll. Every giant British rock band is massive in America too. Whether it's the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath or the Beatles, we are very aware of all that. I was talking to someone recently over here [in the UK] - they were young and they knew Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue and Metallica and all that stuff, but they didn't know anything about Van Halen." Puciato continued, "That really kind of blew my mind, 'cause Van Halen was such massive, probably like the prototype for every - I really can't really think of another band before them that really put the United States on the map as far as rock 'n' roll is concerned, in a way that it spawned a bunch of stuff after them trying to kind of compete with the guitar hero thing Eddie Van Halen had or the frontman thing David Lee Roth had. "They were a prototype for so much of American rock," the vocalist concluded. Asked to play a single Van Halen tune encompassing the band's work and style, Greg singled out the popular "Panama" track. The latest Dillinger studio album, "One of Us Is the Killer," dropped on May 14 through Party Smasher Records.
Do you agree with Greg on this one - are Van Halen as crucial for US rock as he claims? Let us know in the comments.