Ten years ago, Van Halen released A Different Kind of Truth, their first studio album with lead singer David Lee Roth since 1984. That year, I befriended a coworker who was as much a fan of the band as I was. His name was Nick, and he had been touring with the band for many years. Prior to his trip to Louisville, Kentucky, for the first concert of the tour, I asked him if he would be willing to have Eddie Van Halen autograph a photo for me. Nick was an autograph collector as well. He happily agreed. I purchased a photo of Eddie Van Halen online from the Van Halen Store. Unfortunately, the photo did not arrive in time. Fortunately, I gave him my A Different Kind of Truth CD insert instead.
When Nick returned to New York prior to the two Madison Square Garden concerts, he told me that he was still holding my CD insert because he was only able to add the autographs of Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen to it. My friends doubted the authenticity of any of this. I, however, had absolutely no doubt. I told them that they were simply wrong not to trust him.
I attended the first Madison Square Garden concert on February 28th. Nick attended the second Madison Square Garden concert on March 1st. During that show, David Lee Roth dedicated the concert to Nick. Need I say more about the doubters?
Nick was eventually able to add the autographs of David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen to my CD insert by the end of the tour. He retired the following year. I have not seen him since his retirement.
My Van Halen autographed A Different Kind of Truth CD. Thank you, Nick!
Nick, if you happen to be reading this, I would like to thank you once again for such a wonderful gift. I hope that you are well, and that you are enjoying your retirement.