In Honor Of Eddie’s Birthday- Van Halen’s Lost Weekend
In honor of Eddie Van Halen’s Birthday today, we take a look back at one of the wildest weekends in Rock n Roll history! In 1984, MTV gave contest winner Kurt Jefferis a chance to party all weekend with Van Halen, now you can see the whole documentary…
MTV flew Jefferis and a pal from Phoenixville, Pa., to Detroit, where they met up with the band at Cobo Hall. First things first, Jefferis told The Post, “a guy handed me a bottle of Jack Daniels. I took a sip and asked for more.” After being passed a joint, “I took a couple hits and a couple more swigs of Jack Daniels.”
During the show, Jefferis got smashed in the face with cake and showered in champagne by the band members, then he went backstage, where there was a feast of lobster, filet mignon and cocaine.
“I did a couple lines. Then David [Lee Roth, the singer] said, ‘I think Kurt needs Tammy,’ ” Jefferis recalled.
Unbeknownst to MTV, Jefferis had suffered brain trauma a couple of years earlier, as a result of falling 13 feet in a stairwell, and was not equipped to handle Van Halen-level partying.
“I blacked out, and the next thing I remember is waking up in a hotel room bed,” said Jefferis, now 54. Tammy was long gone and “my head was killing me.”
By the time Jefferis got home, he was sleep-deprived, in pain and happy to be back at his job as a stock boy at Gimbels.
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It begs the question though. If there was one rock star you could party with for a weekend, who would it be?
Want to celebrate Eddie more today? Check out some of our past Eddie Van Halen posts.