Tag Archives: Van Halen

Report: Van Halen squashes rumors of not getting along, they just want to take a break and take it easy…

Van Halen was quick to respond to rumors that were started by Rollingstone magazine, and other music fans. The band wants to set the record straight, that the band, Van Halen, still get along and love each other like brothers. Even Dave and Eddie are both best friends, still. It’s just that the past 18 months overwhelmed the band, and they just want to enjoy the summer for themselves. I can’t blame them!

I have always been a fan of Van Halen, still am too. Glad the guys are all good and cool.

Read the band’s write up about it, here.

Kev

Report: Van Halen postpones summer tour dates for reason not yet known, band not getting along again???

Van Halen announced, the band have postponed their Summer tour but they haven’t explained why. Sources say, the band haven’t been getting along again.

More on the story, here.

It wouldn’t surprise me if David L.R., and Eddie are fighting again. What do you expect when you bring back two icons of rock n’ roll together? Ego and jealousy will get in the way with things. It also wouldn’t surprise me if the band breaks up again.

Kev

Report: Ouch! Sammy Hagar slams Van Halen!!!

Sammy Hagar have played with Van Halen for a lot of years in the past, so he has all the right to talk shit about the band all he wants. Turns out, that Sammy Hagar, the Red Rocker, even agrees with the fans that the Van Halen new single, “Tattoo” is not that great. Sammy says that Eddie is a great guitar player but is terrible at songwriting.

Read what Sammy has to say, here.

In reality, you can’t really judge a band just because you think their first single is bad, you still haven’t heard the rest of the new album yet. Maybe the rest of the songs on the album will be better than, “Tattoo”. I’m still gonna buy the album when it comes out. I’ll listen to the actual album first, and then I’ll give my honest opinion on it.

Kev

Thought: Did Van Halen remake one of their older songs for “Tattoo”???

Van Halen is in the middle of some controversy over their new single they just released, “Tattoo”. A lot of their fans are pointing out that it’s a complete remake of one of their songs from the 70’s with DLR on vocals. Fans point out that “Tattoo”, is a complete redo of one of their older songs titled, “Down In Flames”, in which the band was originally going to release for the album, “Van Halen II”. It’s an unreleased track from the, “Van Halen II”, recording sessions that didn’t make the album.

I totally agree that the song is a complete remake. Both songs have the same guitar riffs and similar solos, but of course, DLR’s lyrics & singing is different in both songs.

A lot of people are acting like what the band did here is a bad thing. The band is being accused of having no talent and no new ideas for songwriting, so they remake their older stuff.

In defense for the band, I’m sure this wasn’t the first time they did this. I’m sure they re-did plenty of their other songs they had in the past. Bands DO IT ALL THE TIME. Even I do it with my own music.

Bands just throw songs away, then years later, they go back to it, re-write it, to try and make the song better.

Van Halen lost the public’s respect because basically, Michael Anthony is no longer in the band and he’s playing with Chickenfoot now. Michael Anthony is most famous for his catchy backup vocals with Van Halen, that he’s known for. People are used to hearing Van Halen songs with Michael Anthony doing the backup vocals. That’s pretty much the only reason Van Halen is having a hard time being accepted today. If Michael Anthony was back in the band, I’m sure everyone would love Van Halen again. I agree that Michael Anthony is a talented bass player, and singer but he moved on from Van Halen and the band moved on from him. It’s time to try and challenge people with a new lineup.

As for the “Tattoo” song itself, I actually kinda like it. They still have the 80’s pop feeling they always had. It’s a feel good, party song. Some people say it’s terrible, but they say that to all the legendary bands that want to continue to make music to this day. All legendary bands get so much hate and disrespect.

The fact is, that Van Halen is still staying true to their sound and style. The same sound they always had. Van Halen has always been one of those bands that you either love or hate, it’s been going on for years. The band have been putting up with mixed opinions ever since they started.

People are whacked when it comes to music. Everyone wanted DLR to come back to VH, the fans got what they wanted and now they’re mad ’cause VH remade one of their older songs. Don’t be surprised if they did the same thing with the rest of the songs for the rest of the album.

Bands just do what they want to do. That’s all there is to it.

Kev

Cool Video: Van Halen drops new single, “Tattoo”…

It’s an okay song, not their best ever, but just okay. It’s kind of catchy, Dave’s voice is pretty good, only disappointing thing about the song is Eddie’s playing. I was expecting Eddie to have an in your face, guitar solo like he’s always known for, but this song has an 80’s top 40 feel to it. Will Eddie ever come up with something that could top “Eruption” ever again? Probably never. “Eruption”, was EVH’s signature song, the song that made him famous, the guitar instrumental. It would be nice if EVH would come out with a guitar solo that could knock us out once again, but I don’t think he could pull that off again.

Kev

Report: Van Halen finally announces new album, and reveals full US tour…

Van Halen, finally confirmed their long awaited new album today. Their new album is titled, “A Different Kind of Truth”, which will be released Feb. 7th. Their new single, “Tattoo”, will be released this coming, Tuesday. Van Halen also revealed their US tour listings.

They aren’t playing Albany sadly, but maybe they’ll add Albany to the tour ’cause the website said the band still has more US dates coming, so who knows?

See the info, here.

Kev

Why the Van Halen return matters…

Ever since Van Halen announced their tour in 2012 a few days ago, the internet have been having mixed opinions about this. Of course, the longtime fans of Van Halen, approve their return and some don’t approve their comeback at all. Why do some don’t approve their comeback? Well, the most popular arguments I’ve been seeing in facebook and other forums is that they are being wrongly accused of being ego-maniacs. Old washed up has-beens, and they are being blamed for coming back for the money. Plus, Van Halen lost some of their fans because the band is different without Michael Anthony. A lot of people also lost their respect for the band during the Gary Cherone era.

I wish people wouldn’t be so negative and harsh over Van Halen. With those arguments I listed above, I’m sure the guys in the band hear those things from people 50 times a day, so I’m positive they are used to being criticized by now.

People say it’s not a real reunion without their original members. Well I got news for ya, people. It’s not a reunion. Even the guys in the band said so themselves in interviews plenty of times. It’s more like a new era of Van Halen, minus Michael Anthony. Van Halen had different members over the years. Why does Eddie Van Halen keeps his band going?

Well, because Eddie is the leader. He owns the band. He started it, I’m sure he owns the trademark for the Van Halen band name. As long as he is in full ownership of the band, which he is, he can do whatever he wants. You can have many other different members all you want to, but in order for Van Halen to break up, that will only happen if Eddie quits playing.

David Lee Roth being back in the band is a big deal, because it was pretty obvious it was going happen. People have been wanting D.L.R. back in the band ever since the Gary Cherone, flop. So they got their wish. No matter what you think of Van Halen now, the duo of David Lee Roth and Eddie V.H. are so legendary and iconic.

Van Halen is the reason we all love music. Eddie is the reason that makes guitar playing so cool. He kept people interested in guitar playing and kids fell in love with the guitar because of Eddie. Not only that Eddie is most famous for his double fret tapping technique, he is also famous for his knowledge with guitar sound. I mean, the guy is a fuckin’ perfectionist. Over the years he had made customized guitars & amps to get the sound that he wants. He’s great with guitar tone. Only Eddie could come up with the idea of the Frankenstrat guitar and the EVH 5150 amp head. Only he could create those sounds, nobody else.

Eddie is also being accused of not being able to play guitar again because of his past with his drug/alcohol addiction. I believe he is clean & sober now, he got out of rehab a long while back. I’m sure he still has what it takes to play a killer live show.

The music of Van Halen in the 80’s meant a lot to all of us. If there was no Van Halen, then many of your favorite bands wouldn’t even be around today. The David Lee Roth era was amazing and we all deserve to re-live it again. Bring back memories from the past. That’s what this tour is about.

Kids of today’s generation deserve to know who Van Halen are. Van Halen wrote too many great songs. Not just their hit radio singles, all of their songs with DLR are great. I also loved the Sammy Hagar era too.

So is Van Halen coming back all about the money & ego? No, not at all. These guys are musicians. That’s what they do. Play music & rock out. I don’t see it as a job for them. It’s all about the love of music. That’s why they continue to do what they do. Bands change and evolve. All bands have different members over the years. Eddie keeps doing what he does as a way to help make himself a better person and helps get him out of his personal problems. Eddie and DLR are like brothers and they just want to have fun again like the good old days.

When people bash the band, they usually have nothing intelligent to say. Haters are just going to hate, hate, hate. That’s all they do. I like to treat music in a positive direction.

I’m looking forward to Van Halen coming back ’cause I’ve been a longtime fan of them.

Kev

Cool Video: Van Halen finally confirms world tour in 2012 but says nothing about a new album yet???

Van Halen finally confirmed their World Tour with David Lee Roth as singer in 2012, by posting this video in their youtube page. Even though VH, have been in the studio recording their new album, they have never confirmed a new album  yet. Look like the new  album will be coming after the tour.

Anyway, I’m excited that VH is back. I’ve been a longtime fan of VH. Again, if VH plays around the Albany area, I’m going. I never got to see VH live before and I’ve always wanted to, so hopefully they do come around here. I’ll keep an eye on their tour listing.

Kev

Report: Van Halen confirms new record deal with Interscope Records, official…

For a while now, there has been rumors and speculation that there is going to be a new record deal for Van Halen, with Interscope Records. Today, the band made it official. Van Halen, hasn’t announced a new album and a tour yet, but it is expected.

Read the full story, here.

Same thing, if Van Halen comes to the Times Union Center in Albany, I’m going to that show also. Van Halen is another band I’ve always wanted to see that I’ve never got to. I fuckin’ love Van Halen!

Kev