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Van Halen Shoot Down European Tour Rumors

March 13th, 2013 10:39am EDT
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David Lee Roth is making plans to return to Britain with Van Halen for the first time since 1984 - but it appears he hasn't let his bandmates in on the deal.

The rocker claims he and the Van Halens are currently negotiating European dates for later this year - the band's first trip to the continent since 1998, when Extreme singer Gary Cherone was frontman.

Announcing the plans during an appearance on radio show Opie and Anthony, Lee Roth stated his band will play "probably 50, 60 shows" in Europe, but it seems he may have been a little premature with the tour news - the band's longtime ...

Van Halen Getting Along Just Fine; Shows Postponed Over Exhaustion

May 20th, 2012 10:59pm EDT
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David Lee Roth has broken his silence about Van Halen's summer concert cancellations, insisting the scrapped dates have nothing to do with fights and squabbles.

The "Jump" singer posted a video online on Sunday explaining why the rockers have pulled the plug on 30 U.S. dates after their July 26 concert in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dismissing reports he and his bandmates are not getting along, Roth says, "The band is getting along famously, better than we have in quite some time."

And he insists that the group is just exhausted and desperate for a break: "As usual, we bit off way more than ...

Is Van Halen Breaking Up Again? Band Cancels 30 Tour Dates For No Apparent Reason

May 17th, 2012 10:57pm EDT
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Reunited rockers Van Halen have stunned fans by scrapping 30 dates on their summer tour without explanation.

The band has pulled the plug on all shows scheduled after a gig in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 26 including stops in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Promoters have announced the cancellations to local media outlets, but the "Hot For Teacher" hitmakers have yet to offer full details or any plans to reschedule the shows.

Reports suggest the bandmates aren't getting along, with one insider telling RollingStone.com Eddie Van Halen...

David Lee Roth Breaks Up Fight At Van Halen Show

March 14th, 2012 8:49am EDT
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David Lee Roth stopped Van Halen's show in New Hampshire on Tuesday night to break up a fight in the audience.

The newly-reunited band was playing at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester when violence broke out in the crowd, and after Roth saw the fans fighting, he halted the show.

The singer was in the middle of a cover version of Roy Orbison's Oh, Pretty Woman when he called out to his bandmates, "Wait a minute, stop, stop!" before turning to the audience and saying, "Knock off the f**king fighting. F**k you! What do you think this is, a f**king mosh pit?"

"You've got all the bes...

David Lee Roth Clears Up Van Halen's 'No Brown M&Ms' Concert Rider Story

February 20th, 2012 7:30pm EST
David Lee Roth
Did Van Halen really have a demand on their concert rider in the early 80s that said concert promoters had to pick through all the M&Ms in their dressing rooms and remove all the brown ones? Well, yes. And no.

Lead singer David Lee Roth explains that at the time when the demand was made to concert promoters Van Halen was one of the biggest acts in the country and had one of the most sophisticated stage setups to work with and the M&M's clause was worked into their contract for safety reasons.

The band and their management wanted to make sure that those in charge at each venue and the crew...

Sammy Hagar Unimpressed With Van Halen's Comeback Album

January 31st, 2012 9:57am EST
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Rocker Sammy Hagar has blasted his former Van Halen band mates' comeback album, revealing it left him cold and unimpressed when he heard it.

The band's former frontman was not asked to be part of the group's 2012 plans and now he's glad he missed out because he's convinced the band's February album will leave fans feeling cheated.

He tells Radio Metal, "What I've heard so far, I wasn't impressed with at all, personally... I think they chose to take the easy route and take some of their old stuff and re-record it instead of writing new songs... I don't think the fans are going to be happ...

Van Halen's New Single 'Tattoo' Released Along With New Video (Watch It!)

January 10th, 2012 11:44am EST
Van Halen
Van Halen have proven that they've still 'got it' with their brand new single, "Tattoo," released today via Interscope records.

The band also released the video for the new song (watch it below), footage from which was used in their Christmas night teaser announcement for new album, "A Different Kind of Truth" and their upcoming 2012 tour.

The catchy new song features signature riffs from Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth's voice sounds just as good as it did 30 years ago (although we do have stuff to fix that now).

The band warmed up for their upcoming road trip with an intimate, priva...

Van Halen Announces 2012 North American Tour, February 7 Release Of New Album, 'A Different Kind Of Truth'

January 8th, 2012 8:45pm EST
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Van Halen, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time, announced their return to the live stage with an extraordinary 2012 North American tour. The announcement was made late last night, during a once-in-a-lifetime performance, at the intimate Café Wha? in New York City. Known around the world for some of the most iconic live performances in music history, the legendary rock band will begin their tour on February 18. Kool and the Gang will join Van Halen for select tour dates.

Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on ...

Van Halen To Perform At New York City's Cafe Wha?

January 3rd, 2012 11:33am EST
David Lee Roth
Newly-reunited rockers Van Halen will make their live return by playing an intimate gig in New York City this week, according to a report.

The band has re-teamed with former frontman David Lee Roth for a 2012 tour and album, and Rollingstone.com reports they will show off the line-up with a small concert at the Cafe Wha? venue in Manhattan on Thursday.

The club was once owned and run by Lee Roth's uncle Manny Roth and boasts an intimate 250-seat capacity.

The band hasn't played in public with the frontman since 2008.

UPDATE: the name of the band's new album is "A Different Kind Of T...

Van Halen Announces 2012 Tour With Teaser Video

December 26th, 2011 3:00pm EST
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Sounds like all the recent stories of a new Van Halen album and tour are true!

In November the band reportedly signed on with legendary producer Jimmy Iovine's label Interscope Records, with news of a potential tour and new album (along with a hefty merchandising deal), and on Monday VH sent out an official announcement via their website.

The message is simple and to the point - a mix of classic hits "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher" with images of the band rehearsing starts playing, and a ticker at the bottom announces the 2012 tour. Tickets begin going on sale January 10th (actual...

Van Halen Sign To Interscope Records; Tour Plans & New Album Announcements Expected Soon

November 14th, 2011 10:44pm EST
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Reunited rockers Van Halen have signed a new all-encompassing deal with Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records after the bold chairman approached the bandmates and requested to work with them.

The big industry news, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, comes amid rumors the group, fronted by original singer David Lee Roth, are on the verge of announcing new album and tour plans for 2012.

The new deal reportedly includes touring, merchandising, marketing and recording.

Meanwhile, sources close to the band, which now features brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Eddie's son Wolfgang, insi...

Sammy Hagar: 'I Was Asked To Be In Aerosmith'

May 3rd, 2011 4:16pm EDT
Sammy Hagar
Rock veteran Sammy Hagar has revealed he was offered the chance to replace Steven Tyler as the frontman of Aerosmith, but snubbed the opportunity because it would have been a "difficult" transition.

The former Van Halen singer claims he has been approached over the years to join a string of top bands, and was in the running to front Slash super-group Velvet Revolver in 2008.

He tells Forbes magazine, "I was asked at one time to be in Motley Crue. I was asked at one time to be in Pantera by their managers. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland quit."

Hagar even allege...

Duff McKagan Fears Possible Guns N' Roses Rock Hall Induction

April 2nd, 2011 9:00am EDT
Duff McKagan
Rocker Duff McKagan is beginning to worry about the possibility of Guns N' Roses landing a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction spot in 2012 because he doesn't want the honor to become a debacle as warring bandmates attempt to unite in public.

The rockers become eligible for the hall next year, and the band's ex-bass player fears a repeat of what happened when he was there to induct Van Halen into the fabled museum in 2007, and only former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony showed up.

McKagan tells MusicRadar.com, "I think it's a real 'cross-that-bridge-when-you-come-to-it' kind of thi...

Sammy Hagar Believes He'll Reunite With Van Halen

March 5th, 2011 2:00pm EST
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar is convinced he'll return as Van Halen's singer, despite waging a war of words with his former bandmates since they reformed with original vocalist David Lee Roth and blasting band leader Eddie Van Halen in his new memoirs.

The singer fronted the band after Roth left in the mid-1980s and hit the charts with songs including Why Can't This Be Love and When It's Love. He parted company with Van Halen in 1996, and has never been invited back for subsequent reunions.

Van Halen are now back in the studio with Roth, recording new material, but Hagar isn't giving up hope he'll ...

Van Halen Records New Tracks With David Lee Roth

January 25th, 2011 8:59am EST
David Lee Roth
Rock supergroup Van Halen is back in the studio with frontman David Lee Roth.

New tracks the hitmakers are recording will be part of their first album with Lee Roth in 27 years.

The singer last appeared on Van Halen's 1984.

The latest line-up is all about family - Lee Roth joins Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Eddie's son Wolfgang. Original bassist Michael Anthony is no longer with the band.

Van Halen To Tour In 2011?

October 5th, 2010 10:23pm EDT
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Van Halen are secretly plotting a 2011 tour, according to the band's manager Irving Azoff.

Azoff let the news slip in his capacity as Live Nation Ticketmaster chairman at a concert promoters meeting on Monday, according to RollingStone.com.

Van Halen, with frontman David Lee Roth, last toured together in 2008 - a tour which grossed $93 million for Live Nation.

However, before fans break open their piggy banks in the hope of landing the first tickets, it should be noted that Azoff also promised a 2010 Van Halen outing last year, but that never came to fruition.

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Hot Legs: 'Trashion Queen' Ke$ha In A Garbage Bag Dress

September 13th, 2010 9:36pm EDT
Ke$ha showed off her trashy chic fashion sense by wearing a dress made out of garbage bags at Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV. Personally, we've never seen garbage look so good!

Ke$ha is proud of her wild pop persona, insisting she is the female version of Van Halen singer David Lee Roth. She doesn't understand why she has been slammed for promoting drinking and clubbing to her teenage fans because there is no reason a female performer can't be as wild as her male rocker predecessors.

The pop star came home from the VMAs empty handed, winning no awards.


Ke$ha Defends Her Wild Image

September 3rd, 2010 10:30am EDT
Ke$ha is proud of her wild pop persona - insisting she is the female version of Van Halen hell raiser David Lee Roth.

The 23 year old hit the charts last year with TiK ToK, a track about her hard boozing and partying ways.

However, the star doesn't understand why she has been slammed for promoting drinking and clubbing to her teenage fans - because there is no reason a female performer can't be as wild as her male rocker predecessors.

She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "You'd have to have no pulse not to come to my show and not have fun. David Lee Roth could be a total bada** running a...

New Van Halen Album And Tour Due In 2011

August 7th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Eddie Van Halen
Rockers Van Halen are back in the studio with original frontman David Lee Roth and will release their first studio album in more than two decades next year. The group completed its reunion tour with Roth in 2008 and many fans expected them to follow up the road success with a new record, but there was no word on any upcoming projects.

However, the band recently renewed its deal with publishers Warner/Chappell and guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his drummer brother Alex have revealed they are working on new material. They stated, "(Van Halen) is currently in the studio recording an album w...

An Open Letter To Paul Abdul: Leaving 'Idol' Is A Bad Idea

July 22nd, 2009 9:31am EDT
Paula Abdul
Dear Paula Abdul,

I am writing on behalf of the Shelley Longs, Geri Halliwells, Wayne Rogers and Sherry Stringfields of the world when I give you three simple words of advice regarding your decision to leave American Idol: Don't do it.

I'm not really sure why you'd need me to tell you this, but based on the rumors flying across the Internet and the statements of your own manager, you're really thinking about leaving the most successful television series of the decade over some sort of personal insult. Or is it money? Nobody can really be sure what's going through your pill-filled head...

Eddie Van Halen Slams Ex-Bassist Over Firing Claims

June 2nd, 2009 3:25pm EDT
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Rock icon Eddie Van Halen is baffled by former band mate Michael Anthony's allegation he was fired from Van Halen - insisting the bassist left of his own accord.

Anthony claims he found out on the internet that he had been excluded from the band's 2007 reunion and replaced by Van Halen's own teenage son Wolfgang. But Van Halen insists Anthony jumped long before Wolfgang was hired.

He tells MetalHammer.co.uk, "The funny thing is that everyone who quits the band always claims they got fired by me. Hey, I'm not the bad guy here. When (Sammy) Hagar left the band, Mike (Michael Antho...

Van Halen Album On Hold Until Wolfgang Graduates

February 13th, 2009 2:46pm EST
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Rock legends Van Halen have put plans for a new album on hold - so the band's youngest member Wolfgang Van Halen can finish high school.

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen pulled his son out of school in 2007 to tour with the band, as a bassist, when he was just 15 years old. The teenager proved a huge hit and is now a full-time member of the Jump! group. Van Halen wanted to follow the tour with a new studio album, but the band has vowed to wait until Wolfgang has graduated - so he can be a part of it.

Eddie Van Halen tells Hustler magazine, "We're just waiting for the right time. I took...

New Van Halen Album In The Works?

February 3rd, 2009 11:01am EST
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Eddie Van Halen has given Van Halen fans cause to celebrate after revealing he's planning to regroup with his son, brother and frontman David Lee Roth to record new material.

The Van Halens and Lee Roth hit the road for a successful hits tour in 2007, and now the quartet is intent on releasing an album of new songs.

Guitar great Eddie Van Halen tells Spinner.com he plans to hit the studio with his son Wolfie, brother Alex and Lee Roth after his June wedding to publicist Janie Liszewski.

He says, "I hope that after Janie and I get married, and Wolfie graduates, that we sit dow...

Slideshow: Hair Challenged Musicians - Who's The Worst?

September 30th, 2008 3:20pm EDT
One of the best things about being a rock star is that you don't have to stay in shape to be successful. You can be skinny and scrawny like Jimmy Page and Flavor Flav or you can be large and in charge like Meatloaf and Heavy D however, to have bad hair can be some what of a set back.

Here are some Musicians who have carried on, persisted and triumphed despite being follicly handicapped.

When you're done here, be sure to check out Male Musicians Who Look Like Girls.

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David Lee Roth Imposter Facing Charges

July 15th, 2008 7:00am EDT
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A David Lee Roth imposter faces obstruction of justice charges after convincing police in Ontario he was the real Van Halen frontman. Two Canadian police officers claimed they helped to save the rocker's life last month after finding him suffering from anaphylactic shock in a car by the side of a highway.

The man they found in trouble told them he was Roth, explaining he had suffered a severe allergic reaction to a nutty snack.

But the baffled rock star released a statement last week explaining he isn't allergic to anything - and the cops had the wrong guy.

His comments promp...

David Lee Roth Suffers Near Fatal Allergic Reaction

July 9th, 2008 1:49pm EDT
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Two Canadian police officers have been credited with saving the life of Van Halen singer David Lee Roth - after he suffered a severe allergic reaction. The rocker was pulled over on a stretch of highway in Oakland, Ontario, in Canada last month, and when cops approached the vehicle, they realized the star was in anaphylactic shock.

Roth has an allergy to nuts and was suffering a severe reaction after coming into contact with a contaminated substance.

The officers called an ambulance and kept Roth calm until paramedics arrived on the scene, according to Blabbermouth.net.


Slash Feared AIDS Would Ruin His Sex Life

May 13th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Rocker Slash was terrified of contracting if Van Halen singer David Lee Roth was diagnosed with the disease, admits he took "a few" Aids tests.

And he insists he was never worried about becoming a victim and dying, but he was concerned that the disease would end his sex life.

He tells Britain's Mojo magazine, "The first time I was tested, I didn't care about the result in terms of my own mortality. I was more concerned about the fact that, if it was positive, I wouldn't be able to get laid for however long it took me to kick the bucket."

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Van Halen Dates Resume After Short Postponement

April 20th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
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Rock legends Van Halen made a triumphant return to the stage in Nevada on Thursday, more than five weeks after postponing their reunion tour due to guitarist Eddie Van Halen's ill health.

The group was forced to put their roadshow on hold in March, to allow the 53-year-old guitarist time to "continue medical tests to define a course of treatment."

The precise reason for his brief medical hiatus has not been disclosed, but the former alcoholic and cancer survivor joined his bandmates on stage in Reno on Thursday night, two days before they were expected to return to the road.


Bret Michaels Partied With A Spurious David Lee Roth

April 14th, 2008 9:57am EDT
Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels was overjoyed to find himself partying with his rock hero David Lee Roth when he first moved to Los Angeles - until someone told him he was actually hanging out with an impersonator.

The Poison frontman was amazed to find himself watching what he thought was legendary group Van Haven in small Hollywood club Whiskey A Go Go in the mid-'80s, just weeks after moving from Pennsylvania to California.

Michaels says, "When I came out here (Los Angeles), one of my best experiences ever was going to the Whiskey A Go Go. I was a Van Halen freak, so I went down there (after) ...

Van Halen Cancel Reunion Tour?

March 3rd, 2008 1:08pm EST
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Van Halen's U.S. tour has been canceled because frontman Eddie Van Halen is battling "issues", it has been claimed. The group cancelled two concerts in Virginia and Georgia late last month but rescheduled the dates for mid-March. No reason was given for the postponements.

However, internet reports claim the remaining tour dates have now been pulled indefinitely. According to website TMZ.com, the cancellation has been blamed on guitarist Van Halen's poor performances, after he turned up for several gigs apparently intoxicated.

The rockers - who reunited with original singer David...

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