Welcome to Part 1 of Episode 45, featuring Steve Rosen. Steve is a highly respected music journalist and author of more than 1,000 articles and seven books, delving into the lives of iconic figures like Jeff Beck, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, and Black Sabbath. 

His latest endeavor, ‘Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen’, was published in 2022. The book offers an intimate perspective on the guitar virtuoso and Steve’s friendship with him from 1977 to 2003. 

In the introduction to the book, Steve writes, “What you will read here is not a biography, a history, or an exacting chronology. You won’t find discussions about tapping, taping, or touring. There are no in-depth analyses of album releases or his profound and absolute rewriting of the entire canon of electric guitar playing. . . . Rather think of this as a memory journal, a chronicle filled with observations, illuminations, and interpretations and what the hell does that mean? It means telling you about what I saw—the observing—shedding some first-hand light on what I was seeing—the illuminating—and trying to explain and decipher what I was witnessing—the interpreting” (XVII).

Join us for the first part of my in-depth interview with Steve, then listen to Part 2.



  • Bensound “Happy Rock”—Royalty Free Music
  • Rock is Lit theme music
  • Clip from Season 3 Announcement/’Duck Tales’/Disney Channel
  • [Guitar Instrumental Beat] Sad Rock [Free Use Music] Punch Deck—“I Can’t Stop”
  • 1970s Instrumental Rock Music, Royalty Free
  • Joe Satriana ‘Tonechaser’ endorsement from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/dQrEX25rwfU
  • “Eruption” by Van Halen
  • “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” by Van Halen
  • “Runnin’ With the Devil” by Van Halen
  • “Dance the Night Away” by Van Halen
  • 1970s Instrumental Rock Music, Royalty Free
  • Rock is Lit theme music



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