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

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