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When Eddie Van Halen Fell for a Prank by the Composer of ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

In a recent podcast episode of ‘Monsters, Madness, and Magic,’ Ron Wasserman, the mastermind behind the iconic ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ theme song, unveiled the captivating tale behind its creation. One intriguing revelation is that the renowned guitar riffs weren’t crafted with a guitar at all. Wasserman confirmed that the majority of the track emerged from the keys of a keyboard, reserving the guitar for specific lead parts in the full version. This revelation adds a layer of fascination, particularly considering the theme’s profound impact on inspiring aspiring guitarists.

The authenticity of the theme even managed to deceive the legendary Eddie Van Halen. Wasserman reminisced about a meeting with Van Halen where he had to clarify that the celebrated riff was, in fact, played on a piano—an admission that left Van Halen genuinely surprised. Wasserman shared the amusing encounter:

“I had a band called Fisher with my ex-wife, and Eddie Van Halen’s wife, Valerie Bertinelli, was a big fan of the band. She featured one of our songs in a movie she was working on and invited us to their estate. While chatting with Eddie, he handed me a guitar and said, ‘I need to learn that damn riff for Wolfie. Show me how you played it.’ I walked over to the grand piano and said, ‘Don’t kill me.’ To my surprise, he responded with, ‘All right, good job!’ So there you have it—I managed to fool the master himself.

Wasserman Unveils Fresh Power Rangers Soundtrack

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always graced screens on the 30th anniversary of the cherished 1990s franchise, bringing with it the triumphant return of Ron Wasserman—the maestro behind the iconic theme song. Wasserman not only made a comeback but took the reins as the producer for the new movie’s soundtrack, releasing it as a standalone album under his own name. In an enlightening interview with the Comics Online Youtube channel last April, Wasserman delved into the intricacies of the fresh ‘Power Rangers’ soundtrack album, recounting the journey:

“Well, the director reached out to me, I believe it was last July or June, and said, ‘We’d love to have you back, are you interested?’ and I enthusiastically said ‘yes.’ Originally, they anticipated having a cut by August, later shifting to September. As with all good things, the process took time, involving countless contributors. Finally, on December 10th, I received the material. We engaged in a spotting session, meticulously going through the entire piece. From December 12th to January 7th—taking only Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve off—I dedicated myself to perfecting the score. The goal was to make it the best ever, given its stark departure from the original series.”

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