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Below is our complete Van Halen news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Just For Fun

David Lee Roth Predicted His Retirement 30 Yrs Ago

David Lee Roth announced his pending retirement over the weekend, telling the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his upcoming five-show residency at House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay will be his very last as a musician in the public eye.

Now - as every die-hard Van Halen/David Lee Roth knows - a segment of the music video for “A Lil’ Ain’t Enough,” predicts this very moment. In one scene towards the end of the music video, Diamond Dave visits a fortuneteller and flashes into the future where a marquee at Anaheim Stadium reads “Diamond Dave, THE ABSOLUTE FINAL TOUR: SOLD OUT”, as a bloated, old Dave exits a hover car. The date displayed on the bottom of the screen showing: October 10, 2021 (Dave’s birthday)....

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David Lee Roth Announces His Retirement

Former Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth has announced that his upcoming performances at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be his final performances. Speaking with the Las Vegas Review Journal, the singer said:

"I'm retiring. This is the first, and only, official announcement. You've got the news. Share it with the world. "I'm not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.

"I am encouraged and compelled to really come to grips with how short time is, and my time is probably even shorter. I know that when I am in the audience, whether you come out with a ukelele or a marching band, all I ask is you give me everything you've got to give. That's what I did for the last 50 years. I'll give you all I've got to give. It's been an amazing, great run; no regrets, nothing to say about anybody.

"I'll miss y'all. Stay frosty."

You can hear his statement via the Van Halen News Desk here.

His final show dates are as follows:

December 31 - House Of Blues
January 1 - House Of Blues
January 5 - House Of Blues
January 7 - House Of Blues
January 8 - House Of Blues

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See: Star Wars Jawa Playing Van Halen's "Eruption"


Video artist Thomas J. Yagodinski pays tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen by making a stop motion clip showcasing a Jawa from Star Wars playing Van Halen's "Eruption".


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Eddie Van Halen Has Died At The Age Of 65

Heavy metal/rock guitar icon Eddie Van Halen has died after a lengthy battle with throat cancer, his family has confirmed. He was sixty five years old. He passed away at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, California, where he was accompanied by his wife Janie, his brother Alex and his son Wolfgang, the latter two also being his band mates.

The musician had a history of health issues and in 2019, it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with the disease five years prior. According to TMZ, the cancer had spread from his throat into his brain and the illness saw his health deteriorate over the past three days.

Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam in 1955, with his family moving to Nijmegen before relocating to the United States when he was seven years old. Despite how the future would play out, it was actually Eddie who started playing drums and Alex who played guitar initially, before the younger brother decided to pick up the guitar. Following several short lived bands, Eddie and Alex formed the eponymous Van Halen in 1972 and went on to sell over 80 million albums worldwide, including 56 million in the United States.

His health began to become an issue in the nineties, when he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, leading to hip replacement surgery in 1999. He underwent surgery for tongue cancer the next year, which resulted in a third of his tongue being removed and he was declared cancer free in 2002. More...

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Metal World Reacts To Malcolm Young's Death



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The Rockstar Ramblings: Hot For Teacher

Do you like big, scary tits and David Lee Roth era Van Halen? If yes, well then, I’ve got a video for you. More...

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Sunday Old School: Van Halen

Though the Netherlands have given the world some excellent metal bands over the years such as Pestilence and God Dethroned, the country doesn’t receive as much attention as some others in Europe, such as their neighbours in Germany. However, it’s worth remembering that one of the most important names in the history of hard rock and heavy metal was literally born in the Netherlands in 1953 and 1955, where in the city of Nijmegen, the brothers Alex and Eddie were born, siblings who would go on to bring their surname into rock folklore. The name of Van Halen.

The brothers moved with their family to the United States in 1962 and started to learn instruments shortly afterwards, with Eddie learning drums and Alex learning guitar, though they switched after Eddie found out that Alex had been playing his drums while the younger brother was out on his paper route. They eventually formed a band which they Christened, Genesis, along with bassist Mark Stone and ultimately bringing in singer David Lee Roth, who the band had been hiring a P.A. from, who was hired to save money. Stone was soon replaced by Michael Anthony and another change came when the quartet found out about the British band named Genesis, so decided to rename themselves, Mammoth, though this name would also be dropped in favour of the now familiar, Van Halen. More...

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Gene Kirkland Releasing Classic Photos

Rock n’ roll photographer Gene Kirkland, known for photographing the biggest names in rock and metal throughout the 80’s and 90’s, has opened up his archives for the first time.

Kirkland teamed up with Black Lightning Gallery to unearth a stash of shots that had remained hidden and locked away since those glory days – many spanning back nearly twenty years. The following press release was issued about the restored images:

"Black Lightning Gallery undertook what can only be described as a painstaking labor of love to curate, restore and unveil these rare images. In addition, they worked to select iconic, renowned shots to be released as limited edition fine art prints.

"Kirkland has unveiled the first selection of images from the collection, including Guns N’ Roses during the 'Sweet Child ‘O Mine' video shoot, Ozzy Osbourne backstage with a white dove, Iron Maiden at Long Beach Arena in 1985, Motley Crue during the 'Girls, Girls, Girls' video shoot, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai with David Lee Roth, Metallica with Cliff Burton, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Van Halen and many more.

"Visit Black Lightning Gallery and experience their brand new online presence! The new site features many exclusive images, hand signed by Gene Kirkland himself, which are all available to the public for purchase as limited numbered editions. The website has many fan bonuses including exclusive looks at images of backstage passes from the shows, personal memories from Gene Kirkland and many more. Once the numbered limited editions sell out, there will not be reprints! More historic images will be added over time."

Kirkland also adds: "I hope you enjoy looking back at these amazing memories as much as I enjoyed capturing them. These photographs hold very dear memories of a glorious time and I am proud to have them available to fans worldwide." More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: David Lee Roth's Paradise

Twenty Five years ago, 1988, the charts featured Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and of course, Guns N’ Roses. Also, Van Halen’s ‘OU812’, their second album with Sammy Hagar, held it’s own with three Top 25 singles. It was also the year of David Lee Roth’s second (full) solo album titled ‘Skyscraper.’ The first single and video was “Just Like Paradise” and as is most things Diamond Dave, entertaining. This video expanded Roth’s resume to include rock climber, boxer, and crowd surfer... More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Wild Thing

This week a new video from Sammy Hagar and Friends and a rock and roll hair flashback that goes way, way back. It’s been 25 years since the classic Sam Kinison version of “Wild Thing.” Putting these two videos together confirms what I’ve suspected: EVERYTHING has changed since 1988! More...

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Sunday Old School 200: Monsters Of Rock

This week’s edition of Sunday Old School is a very special one because today sees Sunday Old School reach two hundred official articles! So to celebrate this little milestone of ours, I wanted to look back in rock and metal history and find a true landmark moment in the genre. A moment that let the world know that heavy music was here to stay and meant so much to so many. And nothing seemed like a bigger moment in general metal history than when promoter Paul Loasby teamed up with Maurice Jones and formed a festival, which was to be held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and would be known as Monsters of Rock.

The one day event was initially scheduled to be a grand final date for Rainbow’s UK tour, a band whom Loasby had recently been promoting. Rainbow were joined at the inaugural event by established German rockers, the Scorpions, who had just released their seventh album, "Animal Magnetism" and Judas Priest, who were riding high thanks to the wildly successful, "British Steel" album. Also on the bill that day were heavy metal upstarts, Saxon, who were considered the leaders of the exciting young, New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement at the time, Canadian hard rock veterans, April Wine and New York openers Riot and Touch. The festival was a resounding success, drawing in thirty five thousand fans and a live compilation album, which sold well.

Although it was initially conceived only as a vehicle for Rainbow, it was announced on the day of the first edition that the festival would return the next year. AC/DC were to be the headliners in 1981, marking the first of their record holding three headline appearances at the event. It was a somewhat lighter tone in the sophomore year, where AC/DC were joined Whitesnake, American stars, Blue Oyster Cult and quite interestingly, British glam rock veterans, Slade, who had recently found favour with the heavy metal audience after a brief time out of the limelight. Rounding off the bill was Blackfoot, a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida and More, who were notable for featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Day, as well as a DJ set from the BBC’s voice of rock, Tommy Vance. The varied lineups continued, with Status Quo (AKA, your nan’s favourite band) headlining the event in 1982, where they were joined by other established rockers such as Gillan, Uriah Heep and Hawkwind, as well as a young Canadian group named, Anvil and Monsters of Rock veterans, Saxon, who became the first band to appear twice, before Whitesnake closed the event in 1983, which also featured Meat Loaf and ZZ Top, who were placed higher than such heavy metal favourites as Dio, Diamond Head and Twisted Sister. More...

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Gene Hoglan Featured On Van Halen Cover

Legendary metal drummer Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok, Meldrum) and West of Hell front man Chris 'The Heatehn' Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism) are featured on a recently released cover of Van Halen's "Get Up."

This tongue and cheek poke at the Van Halen classic, humorously renamed 'Get It Up,' is part of Sylencer's latest release "A Lethal Dose of Truth." The track also features Dethklok mainman Brendon Small on lead guitar. Check out the song through the player available below.

Hoglan, who is currently on tour with Testament, is slated to join Brendon Small and the rest of Dethklok for their upcoming north American tour that kicks off in Norfolk, VA on October 30th.

West of Hell, along with Valagao, will join Agnostic Front and Deth By Stereo for a western Canadian tour starting October 19th at The Rickshaw in Vancouver, BC Canada. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dysfunction is my Business

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses) is back with his new band named Adler and a new single titled “The One You Hated.” The band insists that the band is about a man/woman relationship and not what we all assume: heroin. Of course, I guess it could be about Axl Rose as well, or maybe the song is about Steven from the mindset of Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew. Either way you look at it, Steven has an impressive memory catalog to pull inspiration from… More...

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Van Halen Extends North American Tour

Van Halen has just added 18 concerts to its 2012 North American tour in support of their highly-anticipated new album, "A Different Kind of Truth." The new album - the band's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the iconic multi-platinum 1984 - will also be featured as Amazon's Daily Deal today, April 20th, for the low price of $4.99.

Tickets for the newly announced shows go on sale beginning today at 10:00am at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. The full itinerary, including second shows added in Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia, can be found below.

Added Tour Dates:

Jul 07 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul 09 Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum
Jul 11 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Jul 13 E. Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center
Jul 15 Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
Jul 17 Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
Jul 19 Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
Jul 21 London, ON - John Labatt Centre
Jul 24 Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
Jul 26 Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Jul 28 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Jul 31 Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Aug 02 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Aug 04 Knoxville, TN - Thompson Boling Arena
Aug 06 Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
Aug 08 Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena
Aug 10 Greenville, SC - BI-LO Center
Aug 12 Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena

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The Rockstar Ramblings: She's The Woman

Van Halen has released their second single titled “She’s The Woman” from their latest album ‘A Different Kind of Truth’, this song is one of the six new songs that were based on older material. Here’s a look…

The video starts with classic slide moves of David Lee Roth and a smiling Eddie Van Halen. Everyone having a good time? Roth follows up with his version of working the pole.

0:43 Roth shimmying across the stage as the Van Halen boys look on, is Roth entertaining the audience or the band? Sometimes it is hard to tell. I guess that’s why Diamond Dave is often referred to as an entertainer first.

The video is the band playing their small come back show at Café Wha? in New York City combined with other stages (appears to be same stage as first video “Tattoo” in a lot of shots) and still photos moving across the screen.

1:11 David Lee Roth deep in thought or trying to remember the lyrics? Discuss amongst yourselves…

1:29 A still shot of an airborne Roth. Probably not recent, but still awesome!

FAVORITE YouTube comments: 3) “She's? the Wombat!” by k4cper3k 2) “no videos should contain lots of? still photos or overalls” by changeofaddress1 and 1) “cool, but who is the new young bassist? !!” by ccbbom.

1:44 A Kodak Gallery of still shots, then we get a look at Eddie Van Halen in red pants. Good to see he still has a little flare, and is not ALL frayed sweatshirts and jeans.

2:10 Was that an album promo in the middle of the video? A distraction or genius? Discuss amongst yourselves…

2:16 Roth using his scarf to “cool down” Eddie during a guitar solo.

2:48 An ass cam (we know because it says ASS CAM) displaying what appears to be a revolver tattoo on Roth’s ass!

2:55 “Thank you very much. Yeah!”

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Eddie Van Halen Saves!

On April 1 I saw Van Halen for the third time. The first time I saw them was in 2004 with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, and that was a Top 5 show for me. Sammy was fantastic, as was the band, ripping through songs from every era in sizzling form. The second time I saw them was in 2007 (?), which was the first tour with David Lee Roth and Wolfgang Van Halen replacing Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, respectively. This wasn’t as good as my first Van Halen show, but great nonetheless, as seeing Diamond Dave for the first time was a treat.

That brings us to two Sundays ago, which was simultaneously phenomenal and phenomenally disappointing. More...

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Van Halen Streaming Entire New LP

Van Halen is streaming the entire new LP "A Different Kind of Truth" over at ESPN at this location. The album was released yesterday.

The track listing for "A New Kind of Truth" is as follows:

1. Tattoo
2. She's The Woman
3. You And Your Blues
4. China Town
5. Blood And Fire
6. Bullethead
7. As Is
8. Honeybabysweetiedoll
9. The Trouble With Never
10. Outta Space
11. Stay Frosty
12. Big River
13. Beats Workin'

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Van Halen Top 5 Videos

This week brought the first single and video from the new Van Halen album. Not only do we get David Lee Roth back, but also Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, instead of Michael Anthony. There’s a lesson here kids. ANYWAY, the new video is “Tattoo” and the reviews have varied from “It’s good to hear Dave’s voice again” to “How many years did I have to wait for this shit!” Does the new video hold up to the vintage Van Halen videos? The old VH videos showcased a band with a sense of humor, keeping the balance between the song and having a good time. This week a look at some classic Van Halen videos before we dive into the new video… More...

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Van Halen Posts New Music Video

Van Halen posted the new music video for the first single "Tattoo" from the forthcoming LP "A Different Kind of Truth." The album marks the return of David Lee Roth and is due out for release on February 7, 2012.

The track listing for "A New Kind of Truth" is as follows:

1. Tattoo
2. She's The Woman
3. You And Your Blues
4. China Town
5. Blood And Fire
6. Bullethead
7. As Is
8. Honeybabysweetiedoll
9. The Trouble With Never
10. Outta Space
11. Stay Frosty
12. Big River
13. Beats Workin'

Check out "Tattoo" here:

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The Rockstar Ramblings: 1981 M/F/K

30 years ago the bands Anthrax, Metallica, Motley Crue, Pantera, Queensryche, and Slayer were formed. It was also the year many important hard rock/heavy metal albums were released, laying the groundwork for the eighties. Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. Same as the “1986 M/F/K” edition there is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again. More...

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