Like I said: there’s not a lot of Dead/Van Halen connections, but Travis Bean should have sued the Kramer folks over stealing his headstock.
Every time I start writing about a band other than the Dead, I’m first struck by the dearth of information on, say, what gauge strings the bass player used in such-and-such year; then I realize that, no, it’s just that Deadheads are insanely obsessive nerds. (And God bless ’em for it: you know how many good–or even acceptable–live recordings of VH there are? Like, seven. And three of them are from the same tour.)