THE ATOMIC PUNKS are a tribute to early VAN HALEN, the David Lee Roth era. Formed in 1994, the band has performed well over 300 shows in places like Hollywood, CA, San Diego, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Honolulu, HI, Andover, MN, St. Louis, MO, Pittsburgh, PA, most recently Salt Lake City, UT, and most importantly, Pasadena, CA, where Van Halen started their meteoric rise to stardom.
Voted “Best Tribute Band” by LA’s “Rock City News” three years in a row, ATOMIC PUNKS (AP) have created a national following that continues to grow by leaps and bounds all the time.
In his 1997 auto-biography “Crazy from the Heat,” former VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth referred to the AP as “The best tribute to Van Halen ever!” Dave cemented his admiration and appreciation for the Punks’ talents by hiring original axeman Bart Walsh to play guitar on his “DLR Band” tours from 1999-2001. Bart’s replacement, Brian Young, recreated Eddie Van Halen’s sound and furious guitar playing so precisely, that Dave again looked to the Punks, and took the guitarist out on the road in 2002 for his national tour with fellow ex-Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar.
Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony performed a set with AP in Pasadena, CA, and said “I feel like I am back in 1982 performing with the old band!” Anthony added, “The Atomic Punks rock!” Anthony recently joined the band again on stage, at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on January 31, 2003. He played nine Van Halen classics with the band including, “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Hot For Teacher,” “Somebody Get Me A Doctor,” “Light Up The Sky,” “You Really Got Me,” “Panama,” “Bottoms Up!,” “Mean Street,” and “On Fire.”
Nationally syndicated radio host Howard Stern stated on his show, “The Atomic Punks become Van Halen. It’s the total experience, they do Van Halen better than Van Halen themselves!”
There is one important point the band always makes clear at their shows – they don’t think they are VAN HALEN, they simply love to play the music and it shows in their amazingly realistic, power-packed stage show.
If you love vintage VAN HALEN, and wish you could experience and relive the energy the “Mighty” VH created with “Diamond” Dave behind the mic, you do not want to miss the ATOMIC PUNKS – the ultimate tribute to early VAN HALEN!