Music fans are in for a real treat—a never-before-seen charity concert from 1985 featuring the legendary Eddie Van Halen and Cheech Marin of Cheech and Chong has just hit the internet. The electric show on May 12th, 1985 raised money to launch the Malibu Emergency Room, and it’s sure to please any fan of classic rock or comedy.
The setlist was truly something special. It included a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar,” as well as two of Cheech’s songs, “Mexican Americans” and “Born in East La.” The group, dubbed Van Hey Man!, also played The Troggs’ classic hit “Wild Thing” along with a couple of guitar instrumentals by Eddie Van Halen.
Van Hey Man!
Eddie and Cheech were backed up by an all-star band dubbed Van Hey Man!, including members from some of music’s most iconic groups like The Eagles, Toto, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, and more. This supergroup was assembled specifically for this performance to raise money for the Malibu Emergency Room. With such an amazing lineup, it’s no wonder that this one-of-a-kind show became so popular over 35 years later.
Musical Talent & Laughs Onstage
It’s no surprise that Eddie Van Halen put on an incredible performance with his signature Hendrix-inspired shredding solos. But what many fans didn’t expect was just how funny Cheech Marin would be onstage. His comedic timing is on full display throughout the entire show; whether he’s talking about being born in East LA or playing Mexican nationals on guitar alongside Eddie Van Halen, he always keeps the audience laughing with his witty banter in between songs.
Conclusion: This rare performance is sure to bring joy to any fan of either Eddie Van Halen or Cheech Marin—or both! Get ready to enjoy some great classic rock music combined with some truly hilarious hijinks from two icons onstage together for one night only. You can view the full performance here—it will certainly make you feel good knowing that your viewing pleasure helped support a good cause at the same time!
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