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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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Footage Of Ozzy In New Guitar Hero Game Posted

After the recent revealing of Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society and System Of A Down joining Def Leppard and Van Halen on the upcoming game "Guitar Hero World Tour," a video containing behind-the-scenes and in-game footage of Ozzy has been posted at this location. As previously reported, System Of A Down will contribute with their hit song "B.Y.O.B." from the acclaimed "Mezmerize" album and Black Label Society will donate "Stillborn" to the game. Ozzy Osbourne will have two songs featured, both of which come from his 1980 debut album, "Blizzard Of Ozz." The songs will be the staple "Crazy Train" and the haunting "Mr. Crowley." In addition to this, both Ozzy and his long time partner in crime Zakk Wylde will be playable characters in the game. Also confirmed for the game will be the Ozzfest venue to give the game an extra edge when performing as Ozzy, Zakk or any other character. The game is set for an October 26th release date.

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Van Halen Tour Grosses More Than $93 Million

Billboard.com reports: Though not without setbacks, the Van Halen reunion tour ended up a massive success, wrapping June 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a total gross of more than $93 million and close to one million in attendance from 74 shows.

The tour featured founding members David Lee Roth, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen, along with Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen.

After initially being set up as an amphitheater tour for the summer of 2007, the Live Nation-produced reunion temporarily derailed when guitarist Eddie Van Halen entered rehab. But it was resurrected as a fall arena run that stretched into 2008.

The tour was delayed again in March because of health issues for Eddie, then returned to the road in April to finish with a flourish.

The shows marked the first time Roth had performed with the band in more than 23 years. Van Halen's handlers say it was the top-grossing tour in the band's history.

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Guitar Tech Discusses Van Halen's Guitar Playing

Eddie Van Halen's guitar tech Tom Weber discussed Eddie's guitar playing and the current reunion tour with the Grand Rapids Press.

"Ed is a force of nature. I understand the math behind how a guitar works. Ed does things on the guitar that defy the math," raved Weber. "I've sat with him and watched him do things that you can't do. Ed doesn't play guitar; the guitar submits to Ed's will. It's truly an amazing thing. It's a very inspiring place to be."

The tour was interrupted earlier this year so Van Halen -- who previously has battled tongue cancer and substance abuse problems -- could be treated for an unspecified medical condition. The band expects a climactic finish in West Michigan. Weber said the recent resumption of the last leg of the tour in mid-April has exceeded expectations.

"I think the hiatus did everybody good. We did the show in Reno, the first show back, and I stood with my hair standing on end with near tears in my eyes," Weber recalled.

Read the full article at Mlive.com.

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Just For Fun

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs

The June 12th 2008 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features the cover story 'The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time'. Explaining the feature is the blurb:

This is what makes a great rock & roll guitar sound: an irresistible riff; a solo or jam that takes you higher every time you hear it; the final power chord that pins you to the wall and makes you hit "play" again and again. Every song here has those thrills. But these are rock's greatest guitar moments because of what's inside the notes: hunger, fury, despair and joy, often all at once. You hear the blues, gospel and rockabilly that came before, transormed by the need to say something new and loud, right away. Rock & roll has been the sound of independence for half a century. The guitar is still its essential, liberating voice. These are the 100 reasons why.

The top 10 guitar songs according to the article are:

1. "Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry
2. "Purple Haze" - Jimi Hendrix
3. "Crossroads" - Cream
4. "You Really Got Me" - The Kinks
5. "Brown Sugar" - The Rolling Stones
6. "Eruption" - Van Halen
7. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - The Beatles
8. "Stairway To Heaven" - Led Zeppelin
9. "Statesboro Blues" - The Allman Brothers Band
10. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana

Read the full article at Rolling Stone.

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Van Halen Confirmed For Guitar Hero 4

Legendary rockers Van Halen have now been confirmed for Guitar Hero, joining such acts as Def Leppard, The Eagles and Linkin Park.

Activision have also confirmed that drums, bass, guitar and vocals will be able to play seperately in the game.

More details are soon to follow.

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Van Halen Helps Raise $1.5 Million At Tiger Jam

LiveDaily.com reports that Van Halen's concert at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino last Saturday (4/19) as part of golf legend Tiger Woods' annual Tiger Jam benefit helped raise more than $1.5 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation, according to a press release.

Some of that total came from a pre-concert auction, as well as a $100,000 personal donation from Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, and a matching $100,000 donation from the band's other three members: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen.

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Van Halen Performs At Tiger Jam XI Video Available

VAN HALEN resumed its tour last night (Saturday, April 19) with a performance at Tiger Wood's charity event, Tiger Jam XI, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Check out pictures from Wire Image. Fan-filmed video footage from the concert can be viewed here.

VAN HALEN's first tour in 22 years with David Lee Roth on the mic was put on hold last month, with promoters stating that guitarist Eddie Van Halen was undergoing "medical tests to define a course of treatment." A recurrence of cancer or a fall off the wagon were both rumored as the cause of the guitarist's woes, with the National Enquirer even reporting that he checked into a Texas rehab clinic.

Eddie's ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, said in People magazine that the reports about him being in rehab were incorrect.

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Van Halen Release Rescheduled Tour Dates

VAN HALEN have announced the following rescheduled tour dates:

April 19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
April 22 - Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
April 24 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
April 26 - Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
April 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
April 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
May 2 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
May 5 - Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center
May 7 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
May 9 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
May 11 - Duluth, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
May 13 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
May 15 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
May 18 - Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
May 20 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 23 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Arena
May 25 - Providence, RI @ Dunkin’ Donuts Center
May 28 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
May 30 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
June 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

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Eddie Van Halen Apparantly Not In Rehab

Reuters reports: Actress Valerie Bertinelli has said her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen is not in rehab, but she declined to say exactly what is ailing the rock guitarist, People.com reported on Wednesday.

"The reports about him being in rehab are wrong. Eddie is sober," Bertinelli said at a New York luncheon hosted by cable TV's Hallmark Channel, according to the Web site of celebrity magazine People.

This month rock band VAN HALEN, which Eddie co-founded with his brother Alex, canceled it's tour dates until April 19th and said the 53 year-old guitarist is undergoing medical tests. But the band has not divulged details of his illness.

In the 1990s, Eddie Van Halen had hip replacement surgery and was treated for oral cancer. He also has battled alcohol abuse with a stint in rehab, which led to current speculation about a return to treatment.

Bertinelli on Wednesday said "he's being proactive about his illness" but declined to be more specific.

Van Halen had a string of hits including 'Runnin' With The Devil' and 'Panama' starting in the late 1970s. In August the group unveiled plans for its current 25-city North American tour that began in September 2007.

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Van Halen Put Tour On Hold For A Month

Bilboard.com reports the following:

After postponing a handful of dates last week in order for guitarist Eddie Van Halen to undergo tests for an unspecified medical condition, Van Halen is postponing all tour activity until April 19.

Seventeen shows are affected, beginning tomorrow night (March 11) in Charlottesville, Va., and running through April 15 in Baltimore.

According to organizers, Van Halen, who has battled cancer and substance abuse, "is currently under doctors' care" and will "continue medical tests to define a course of treatment." No further details were made available. More...

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Eddie Van Halen Back In Rehab?

According to Pr-inside.com, sources tell the National Enquirer the 53-year-old guitarist checked himself into a clinic near San Antonio, Texas, so he could detox for a week after a furious backstage bust-up in Florida with his 17-year-old son and bandmate Wolfgang.

An insider says, "It was the big what-if of the tour - whether Eddie could stay sober.

"Wolf hates it when his dad drinks. He knew Eddie was drunk onstage that night, and was acting cold to him, which set Eddie off. Eddie went beserk and started yanking guitar cables from the pedal boards and throwing cigarettes around onstage.

"At the end of the concert, Eddie was so mad at Wolf, he punched the amp speaker, knocking it over." Van Halen enjoyed a stint in rehab last year (2007), which delayed plans for the comeback tour.

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Van Halen Reschedule North American Shows

According to Melodicrock.com, the first sign of VAN HALEN getting back to business after their recent "rest period" is a couple of rescheduled show dates - announced as follows. New dates announced for Charlottesville, Duluth, Manchester, and Hershey. The previously postponed shows in Charlottesville, VA and Duluth, GA have been rescheduled for:

Tuesday, March 11 - Charlottesville, VA at John Paul Jones Arena
Wednesday, March 19 - Duluth, GA at Gwinnett Arena

Note that those new dates for Charlottesville and Duluth collided with previously scheduled shows in Manchester, and Hershey. To make room for them, the Manchester and Hershey shows have been moved to April:

Wednesday, April 9 - Manchester, NH at Verizon Wireless Arena
Friday, April 11 - Hershey, PA at Giant Center

Van Halen's complete upcoming itinerary:

March
3 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
5 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena
7 - Raleigh, NC - RBC Center
9 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
11 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
13 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
19 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena
21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
24 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
26 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
30 - Saint Louis, MO - Scottrade Center

April
1 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
3 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
5 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
7 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
9 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
11 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center
19 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center

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Van Halen Announce More Tour Dates For 2008

VAN HALEN have announced more 2008 live shows (here *). The band's itinerary is as follows:

January
22 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
24 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
26 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
28 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
30 - Little Rock, AR - Alltel Center

February
1 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
4 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center Omaha
6 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena *
8 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
10 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
12 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center
14 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena *
16 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
18 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BankAtlantic Center *
22 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
25 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena

March
3 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
5 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena
7 - Raleigh, NC - RBC Center
9 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
11 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
13 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
19 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center
21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
24 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
26 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
30 - Saint Louis, MO - Scottrade Center

April
1 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
3 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
5 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
7 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center

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Van Halen Score Peoples Choice Nomination

The following press release has been announced by Van Halen:

"Heard you missed us, we're back!"
The immortal line from 'Hot For Teacher' has never rung so true for VAN HALEN. The band saw its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier this year, and its landmark tour with original lead vocalist David Lee Roth is currently in full swing leaving trails of awestruck, sold-out crowds in its wake. Chalk up a recent People's Choice Awards nomination, and '07 has certainly been the year of Van Halen.

For the 34th Annual People's Choice Awards, Van Halen has been grouped alongside THE POLICE and GENESIS in the Best Reunion Tour category. The public can log on to the People's Choice Awards Website (www.pcavote.com) and cast their votes. Fans have until December 5 to vote for Van Halen and the critically acclaimed tour The Hollywood Reporter calls "nothing short of spectacular." In addition to Roth, the latest incarnation of the legendary rock quartet features guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and Eddie's 16-year-old son Wolfgang Van Halen on bass.

The 34th Annual People's Choice Awards broadcasts at 9 p.m. EST January 8, 2008 on CBS. This year Van Halen helps make up a who's who list of nominees in music, television and film including Johnny Depp, Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. The winners will be announced during the program.

The notoriety Van Halen's tour continues to generate is tangible proof the band is more relevant than ever nearly 30 years after its debut album was released. And the band Rolling Stone magazine refers to as "rock gods" might just be delivering the goods with a People's Choice Award perched on an amplifier.

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Blender.com On "The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars"

According to Blender.com: "We salute rock & roll's most iconic tool of the trade since stuffed spandex - the multinecked, fur-lined, flame-throwing masterpieces that remain as influential as the shredders who strapped them on." Hard rock and metal legends featured include Les Claypool, Dave Grohl, Michael Anthony, Angus Young, Ace Frehley, Zakk Wylde, Jerry Only, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Kurt Cobain, ZZ Top, Gene Simmons, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen among others.

Read the full article at Blender.com.

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Van Halen Reveal More 2008 Tour Dates

More 2008 dates have been announced for VAN HALEN's tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth.

The Live Nation-produced trek — featuring Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen's teenage son Wolfgang on bass — kicked off Sept. 27 in Charlotte, N.C., with 40 dates in place.

The current tour is Roth's first with the Van Halen brothers in more than 20 years. VAN HALEN last toured in 2004 with vocalist Sammy Hagar, grossing nearly $40 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.

VAN HALEN 2008 tour dates:

Jan. 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
Jan. 24 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jan. 26 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jan. 28 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Feb. 01 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Feb. 04 - Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center Omaha
Feb. 08 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
Feb. 12 - Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
Feb. 16 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
Feb. 18 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
Feb. 22 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
Mar. 05 - Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
Mar. 07 - Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center
Mar. 09 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
Mar. 11 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
Mar. 13 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
Mar. 17 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Arena
Mar. 19 - Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
Mar. 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
Mar. 24 - Providence, RI @ Dunkin' Donuts Center
Mar. 26 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Mar. 28 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
Mar. 30 - Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Apr. 01 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Apr. 03 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
Apr. 05 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
Apr. 07 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center

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Van Halen Release Ring Tones

On the heels of their heralded North American tour, Van Halen has announced the release of official ringtones and ringback tones for the first time. Among the 15 official Van Halen ringers available are the Grammy-nominated, #1 smash hit, “Jump,” one of the most famous guitar solos of all time, “Eruption,” and the iconic rock classics “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love,” “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” ”Unchained,” “Panama,” and “Hot For Teacher.” Van Halen ringtones are available now by searching “Van Halen” on mobile phones from all major carriers or by sending the text message “VH” to 74466. For the next four weeks, AT&T Mobility will be offering exclusive versions of several of the Van Halen ringtones and answer tones to their subscribers. More...

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Van Halen Announce 2008 Tour Dates

The reunited VAN HALEN will hit the road again next year, and the following tour dates have been released:

January 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
January 24 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
January 26 - Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
January 28 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
February 4 - Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center Omaha
February 8 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
February 12 - Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
February 22 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
March 13 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
March 17 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Arena
March 19 - Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
March 28 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
March 30 - Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center

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Legends Rumoured For Sweden Rock Festival

VAN HALEN and JUDAS PRIEST are among the bands who are rumored to be playing next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden. It should be noted, however, that neither of these acts has been officially confirmed for the event and their possible participation in the festival should be treated as nothing more than speculation.

The organizers of the Sweden Rock Festival will announce the first 20-25 bands confirmed for next year's event during the kick-off party on November 24 at Tyrol in Stockholm. The party will be broadcast live on the Stockholm radio station 106.7 Rockklassiker beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time and will be available for streaming worldwide via www.rockklassiker.se.

This year's Sweden Rock Festival kick-off celebration will feature performances by GOTTHARD, SABATON and HAZY/DIZZY. In addition, a one-off all-star band has also been put together featuring:

Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS, ELECTRIC SUN) - Guitar
Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, RING OF FIRE) - Vocals
Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AT VANCE, THERION) - Vocals
Liz Vandall (SAHARA, Uli JON ROTH) - Vocals
Janne Stark (OVERDRIVE, BALTIMOORE) - Guitar
Ule Ritgen (ZENO, ELECTRIC SUN, FAIR WARNING) - Bass
Thomas Broman (ELECTRIC BOYS, JOHN NORUM, 21 GUNS) - Drums

The group will perform vintage SCORPIONS and ELECTRIC SUN material, along with other "nice surprises."

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Van Halen Plays Private Show

Billionaire Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, booked Van Halen to put on a surprise show on November 15 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre for about 14,000 RIM employees and guests, The Canadian Press reports.

Also on the bill were Canadian natives The Tragically Hip, who opened the show; the pairing was similar to one Balsillie arranged several years ago when he booked Aerosmith and Canadian pop-rock outfit Barenaked Ladies.

Van Halen is in the midst of its first tour with original frontman David Lee Roth in 22 years, and recently added its first batch of 2008 dates to its schedule.

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