Archive for the ‘Van Halen’ Category
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Earlier this year, Van Halen caused some controversy when they suddenly cancelled the remainder of their summer North American tour. They explained that the band was exhausted and would be back on the road soon. Not long after that they announced shows in Japan, but then word spread that those shows were postponed too.
The band recently explained that the postponement is because Eddie Van Halen needed emergency surgery for diverticulitis and then had to spend another three weeks in the hospital after his stitches “popped” and caused an infection. He’s now on the mend at home and recently posted this message to his fans: “Thank you for all of your cool comments! Hanging out, taking it easy and following the doctors orders.”
The game plan is for the band to get back on the road in 2013.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Van Halen recently started tongues wagging when they suddenly cancelled a number of shows, cutting short their current North American tour. Some insiders felt that the band was about to implode because they were fighting so much behind the scenes. A few days after the news broke, both David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen insisted they were all getting along well, but were playing so many live shows that they were running out of steam and needed a break. They promised that VH would be back in action this Fall. In a recent interview, Eddie Van Halen hinted that big plans were afoot, and we would likely hear an announcement about a major Van Halen event by the end of the year. To quote Eddie: ” So in November we’ll hit Japan, and in the new year we’ll possibly do something special, but I can’t talk about it.”
According to sports insiders, it’s almost a done deal that VH will play the half- time show at Super Bowl next year. It’s possible that the confirmation will come next week, to coincide with VH’s last show on their tour, which just happens to be in New Orleans- host of Super Bowl 47 on February 3, 2013 .
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth
Paul McCartney – Kisses on the Bottom
Queen – Innuendo (remastered w/ bonus CD)
Queen – A Kind of Magic (remastered w/ bonus CD)
Queen - Made In Heaven (remastered w/ bonus CD)
Queen – The Works (remastered w/ bonus CD)
Queen – The Miracle (remastered w/ bonus CD)
Bob Dylan – Another Side of Bob Dylan (reissue)
Bob Dylan – Basement Tapes (reissue)
Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks (reissue)
Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (reissue)
Bob Dylan – Freewheelin Bob Dylan (reissue)
Grateful Dead – Wake of the Flood (remastered)
R.E.M. – Document (reissue)
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
The new Van Halen album “A Different Kind Of Truth” is coming out on Feb 7. A Month ago, former lead vocalist Sammy Hagar commented that he’d heard his old band had taken old, unreleased tracks and re-worked them for the new LP. When VH recently released the first single “Tattoo” , more than one fan noticed a striking resemblance to another Van Halen song from the 70′s. Original lead singer David Lee Roth, who’s now back with the band has confirmed that the album is made up of music that he and Eddie Van Halen created in the mid-to-late 70′s because ” Usually fellas in our weight division will kind of gamely – or ironically, wink-wink – try to hail back to it, but keep a safe, mature distance from it…. We’ve managed to stretch our adolescence like a chiclet to the moon, and maintained the respectful dignities along the way that got us on that turnpike up in the first place.”. Uh… what?
Former VH bassist Michael Anthony who was unceremoniously dumped from the band a few years ago says he has no intention of trying to collect any money for his work on those tracks which date back to his time in the band, although he is in a legal position to. Anthony is now a member of Chickenfoot along with Sammy Hagar and says “I don’t want to do anything. I just let it be. It’ll be nice to hear some of those old songs again that I haven’t played in a long time.”
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Departing from their conventional m.o., Van Halen have released the single they said they would release on the day they said they would release it. The song is called “Tattoo”, as heard every hour on the Doc and Woody show this morning. Here is the music video that accompanies the song, released today as well:
Monday, January 9th, 2012
After months of speculation, teases and the dribbling of information out of Van Halen’s camp, the band have finally announced their 2012 tour. And it includes a date in Ottawa! Van Halen will be playing Scotiabank Place March 21st, and the opening act will be…Kool and the Gang! No, seriously. Kool and the Gang.
In addition, the first single from the band’s upcoming album A Different Kind of Truth will be released tomorrow, January 10th. The single, “Tattoo”, and a video will be released on the 10th, which is the first day you can pre-order the album. A Different Kind of Truth will be in stores February 7th.
The tour is currently scheduled to kick off February 18th in Kentucky, and will conclude July 26th in New Orleans.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Van Halen have started using their official website again. Since Monday, they’ve posted a series of videos leading to the announcement that they will tour in 2012. No dates or venues have been announced but we now know that tickets will go on sale January 10, so expect BIG news early in the new year, and stay with CHEZ 106- because if they’re coming- we’re getting tickets!
VH have also released a newsletter titled “The Future” which has led to speculation that their long-awaited album may have that title…but that’s only speculation. Speaking of that album we’ve been hearing about for so long, we may also have been given a hint as to the release date. Eagle-eyed fans noted that the band has gone back to their older logo. The one they used BEFORE Sammy Hagar joined . And (see above) over that logo there’s a mysterious 2-7-12. That leads to speculation that the release date of that long-awaited Van Halen album will be February 7 2012. It could also be the date David Lee Roth is getting his chest waxed- who knows? One thing is for sure…. there lots more to come!
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Some Van Halen rumours are true. Others are false. Most, it turns out, are a bit of both. It was reported about a week ago that Van Halen would be making a big announcement at the Grammy Nominations special, which would likely involve a new album with Columbia Records and a tour. Some of that is true. There will be an album and a tour.
However, the album will be recorded for Interscope Records, not Columbia, as David Lee Roth refused to sign with an East Coast label. A source tells Hollywood Reporter, “He was never on board [with Columbia]…It was as complicated as anyone would imagine, when one side says black, the other says white. The label was pretty skeptical that things would work out.”
A spokesman for the band also denied that they were ever going to appear on the Grammy nomination special.
The new deal with Interscope will include touring, recording, marketing and merchandise. That means a Van Halen tour is (purportedly) on the way, and they will be recording their first new album since 1998 (Van Halen III with Gary Cherone on vocals), and their first since 1984 with David Lee Roth.
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
We’re still waiting to hear more about new album from Van Halen (with David Lee Roth on vocals) and perhaps even a tour, but now we have another rumour to pass on. It looks as if the band will perform at the Grammy Awards Announcement Ceremony in L.A. on November 30. This comes from an announcement made by the Grammy camp that a well known band would reunite for the ceremony. Then they posted this tweet: “Who do u predict the reuniting band will be @ #GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make u wanna ‘Jump’ & ‘Dance the Night Away’?” .
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
Van Halen are in the news because of the cancelation of their Australian mini-tour, scheduled for the fall. They were supposed to headline the five-date Soundwave Revolution Festival, but organizers pulled the plug. In a Rolling Stone article about the cancelation, they say the group is close to finishing their new album with David Lee Roth, their first since 1984.