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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
MelodicRock.com is reporting that Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen told radio station Q95 in Indianapolis earlier this week that tentative plans are in the works for the group to record a new studio album in the near future. Current Van Halen rumors suggest a slew of tour dates outside the USA for 2005, including Europe, Japan and Australia and also that Eddie Van Halen might have parted company with Peavy guitars.
Van Halen's two-CD retrospective, "The Best of Both Worlds", has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), signifying shipments of more than 1,000,000 units.
A 36-track overview of more than 25 years of Van Halen recordings, "The Best Of Both Worlds" contains three brand-new recordings with VH's second singer, Sammy Hagar, back on board.
As previously reported, Van Halen's classic live video, "Live Without A Net", has just received a DVD release in the U.S. The concert was filmed in New Haven, USA in 1986 during the band's first tour with then-new vocalist Sammy Hagar. The video remains a favorite among fans and to this day is a spectacular watch.
Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash (ex-Guns N' Roses) will join James Brown and Lenny Kravitz onstage at Miller Brewing Company's "Rock Through Time" event, the grand finale to Miller's celebration of Rolling Stone's 50 Years of Rock and Roll summer. Slash will perform an as-yet-undetermined song with James Brown and will join Kravitz for a rendition of Lenny's track "Always on the Run", informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
The collaborative performances will take place on Friday, September 17 at the Roseland Roseland Ballroom in New York City. "Rock Through Time", a two-day concert event, will conclude on Saturday, September 18. Additional performances are expected from Slash's band Velvet Revolver (on Sept. 18), Cheap Trick and The Doors Of The 21st Century, among others.
In other news, Guitar World magazine is said to be planning a special "Legends" issue on Slash that will hit stands in late October. A tribute to the former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist and his career, the entire issue will feature recent and archival photos and interviews with Slash from past Guitar World interviews. Other artists that have been featured with "Legends" issues recently include Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and Steve Ray Vaughn.
The following dates have been added in the Pacific Northwest and Canada:
Oct 01 Orleans Arena @ Las Vegas, NV
Oct 02 Journal Pavilion @ Albuquerque, NM
Oct 19 Portland, OR
Oct 22 Seattle, WA
Oct 23 Vancouver, BC
Oct 25 Edmonton, AB
Oct 26 Calgary, AB
Oct 28 Saskatoon,SK
Oct 30 Winnipeg, MB
For more information and a complete list of upcoming tour dates, visit the official Van Halen website.
E! Online is reporting that Van Halen's touring company is suing the Baltimore Orioles for $2 million for reneging on a deal to allow the band to play a concert at Oriole Park early next month. No further information is available at this time.
In other news, Hagar's Van Halen bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen are rumored to be performing at Sammy's annual "Birthday Bash" celebration on October 13 at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. An official confirmation is expected soon.
Also on the Van Halen front, Southern rockers Laidlaw have been confirmed to open the third leg of the band's North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off September 3 in Atlantic City, NJ. Laidlaw guitarist Craig DeFalco told MelodicRock.com that Eddie had personally invited the band along for the ride. Craig has a previous connection with Van Halen, having worked as Michael Anthony's bass tech for several years. He left to form Laidlaw , who were soon after brought to the limelight by MÖNTLEY CRÜE's Nikki Sixx via his AmeriComa record label. The band have a brand new self-titled album out now— available online via their web site, and in Europe through Z-Roxx. Download an MP3 of the track "Fly Away" at this location.
The Clear Channel web site is currently listing several dates for what appears to be the much-anticipated VAN HALEN reunion tour featuring vocalist Sammy Hagar. The dates are as follows:
Jun. 13 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium (Clear Channel)
Jun. 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center (Clear Channel)
Jun. 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Music Center (Clear Channel)
Oct. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena (Clear Channel)
Tickets for Hershey and the first Philadelphia show go on sale on April 3, while tickets for the second Philadelphia date are apparently set to go on sale April 5. There is no currently listed on-sale date for the Pittsburgh show.
In other news, VAN HALEN's official web site, www.van-halen.com, has posted a list of the following cities under the headline "Tour Info":
East Rutherford, NJ
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
St. Louis, MO
St. Paul, MN
As previously reported, VAN HALEN recently signed a deal with Peter Grosslight, worldwide head of music for the William Morris booking agency in Los Angeles, for touring representation. In addition, Warner Strategic Marketing is said to have negotiated a deal with VAN HALEN for a new greatest-hits package featuring three new songs. A release date for the collection has yet to be announced.
I recently read KNAC.com's site and found this article to be relatively important, as Van Halen are an amazing band, and I really hope this happens. This, if it happens, will beat out Shania and the other crap artist's they tend to play during the Half-Time show...
The article is as follows:
Van Halen To Reunite At Super Bowl? Sammy Confirmed To Be In Houston
"Journalism is based in fact. Irresponsible journalism is based on rumor. Fuck it! Call me irresponsible. The Super Bowl people are promising us a surprise act during halftime. They're not going to tell us who it is, so with a pinch of fact in my pocket, I'm going to try my hand at simple deduction.
Short and sweet, Sammy Hagar is confirmed to be in Houston for this weekend's Super Bowl festivities. Is he a party rover or the party host? Where are the rest of the guys? At NAMM a few weeks back Michael Anthony confirmed that the guys had in fact met and things were "going well." How well?
Do with this what you will but this would be damned sweet to see these guys back in the spotlight and more importantly making music once again. Face it Roth fans, it ain't gonna happen with Dave.
At the risk of sticking to the set at halftime for the "surprise" only to see Shania Twain "belting out" her latest Mutt Lange creation or seeing Beyonce in dreads and leather chaps, I think I'll stick close to the chip bowl to see what could be. Is the rock back?"