While relaxing at my home and wondering if I would every get any work again I received a call from Ted Templeman, a producer from Warner Bros. Records asking if I was free to come into his office to meet an up and coming group named Van Halen and to bring my portfolio. For some reason I brought my photographer friend, Elliot Gilbert, who I wanted to use on this project.
We met the guys, Eddie Van Halen, brother Alex, bassist Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth. An enthusiastic and energetic group. Ted had told me on the phone that he thought this would be the hottest band in the country once their first album was released and for which I was to design the cover. I got the idea almost instantly when I felt their energy and agreed to design their cover. It was to be done in less than a week because the album was almost finished and will be ready to be released at that time. I was used to working under these tight deadlines many times before and wasn’t fazed until upon leaving, Eddie asks “…and can you design a logo for us too?!”
Copy is excerpted from the True Life Adventures of Davey! The Autobiography of an Artist!