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Eddie Van Halen Undergoes Emergency Surgery For Diverticulitis

8/30/2012 7:59am EDT
Eddie Van Halen
Van Halen have postponed their upcoming tour of Japan after Eddie Van Halen underwent emergency surgery for a digestive disease.

The guitarist was admitted to the hospital for the operation to treat a "severe bout" of diverticulitis, a disease of the large intestine, and is expected to make a full recovery within four to six months.

As a result, the band has been forced to cancel its November shows in Japan.

A post on the group's website reads, "Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is ex...

Eddie Van Halen And Son Share Performance Anxiety

6/13/2012 12:08pm EDT
Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen and his bassist son Wolfgang have bonded on the road over their shared pre-show anxiety.

The famous guitarist has recruited his 21-year-old son to play bass on his band Van Halen's latest tour, and reveals they both suffer from tremendous jitters before every performance. Wolfgang handles his nerves by practicing constantly backstage, while his dad rushes to the toilet to vomit.

Eddie tells the USA Today, "Really. I did it (threw up) just before the show last night. Then I don't eat, so by the time I get offstage, I'm cooked... I don't know what I'm afraid of. I guess I...

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

5/17/2012 10:57pm EDT
Van Halen
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 Eddie Van Halen...

Eddie Van Halen Reveals His Cancer Returned Twice Last Year

4/17/2012 4:20pm EDT
Eddie Van Halen
Legendary rocker Eddie Van Halen experienced a major health scare last year - his cancer returned a decade after he lost part of his tongue.

The Van Halen guitarist was diagnosed with oral cancer in May, 2000, and he immediately began months of treatment, which resulted in the loss of a third of his tongue.

Medics gave the music icon a bill of good health in 2002 but now Van Halen reveals doctors discovered cancerous cells in his throat last spring and he was forced to undergo a second round of surgery.

However, his problems didn't stop there - in the autumn surgeons removed another s...

Celebrity Birthdays - January 26, 2012

1/26/2012 3:00am EST
Ellen DeGeneres
Happy Birthday to:

Comedienne/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (1958)

Actor Christopher Massey (1990)

Actress Sara Rue (1979)

Wham! half Andrew Ridgeley (1963)

Cinderella singer Tom Keifer (1961)

Soul singer Anita Baker (1958)

Dutch-born guitarist Eddie Van Halen (1955)

Late film critic Gene Siskel (1946; d. 1999)

Actor Scott Glenn (1941)

Baseball player/actor Bob Uecker (1935)

French director Roger Vadim (1928; d. 2000)

Legendary actor Paul Newman (1925; d. 2008)

Actresses Joan Leslie (1925) and Anne Jeffreys (1923)

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

1/10/2012 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'

1/8/2012 8:45pm EST
Van Halen
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 Announces 2012 Tour With Teaser Video

12/26/2011 3:00pm EST
Van Halen
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...

Eddie Van Halen To Auction Off Guitar For Charity

12/23/2011 12:25pm EST
Eddie Van Halen
Rocker Eddie Van Halen is auctioning one of his guitars to raise funds for a children's charity based in Los Angeles.

Van Halen has owned the instrument since 1999 and it was one of the first Wolfgang guitars ever produced.

The Dutch rocker is to personalize his axe for the successful bidder when it is sold on for Drop In The Bucket, which raises money for needy children across the world.

The guitar, which comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Van Halen, is expected to raise $10,000 by the time bidding closes on January 19th.

Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

11/23/2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...

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

11/14/2011 10:44pm EST
Van Halen
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 Doesn't Like 'Bad Guys' Eddie & Alex Van Halen

8/24/2011 8:37am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar appears to have written off any possibility of reteaming with Van Halen after revealing he no longer likes the brothers behind the band.

The ex-Van Halen frontman tells he's "disappointed" with guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his drummer brother Alex for the way they have treated bass player and his Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony.

He says, "I'm so disappointed in those guys. I'm not even angry. I'm just disappointed. I really don't like them anymore, and I can't tell you how sad it is to me that what we had as creative guys, and as a friendship, how it...

Sammy Hagar: 'I Miss Van Halen'

8/16/2011 8:14am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar still misses his former band mates despite their acrimonious break-up.

Hagar parted company with the Jump hit-makers in 1996 after 11 years as the group's frontman, claiming he had been fired after a bust-up with founder/guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

While the rocker hasn't forgiven Eddie and his drummer brother Alex, he still believes they made great music together.

He tells The Pulse of Radio, "You know, I miss Van Halen. I don't like them f**kers... Bad guys. But I miss 'em, you know. I miss that musicianship and that creative spark and that frict...

Sammy Hagar Still 'Angry' Over Van Halen Split

4/5/2011 8:39am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is still confused and "angry" about his departure from the band and he's convinced they could have achieved great things if he had stayed on as singer.

Hagar parted company with the Jump hit-makers in 1996 after 11 years as the group's frontman, claiming he'd been fired after a bust-up with founder/guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

He admits he's still furious over the incident, and he's confused as to why he is no longer with the band, as its work rate has slumped since he left.

Hagar tells Dr. Drew, "I don't really know what (Eddie's) whole problem is....

Sammy Hagar Shocked By Eddie Van Halen's Disgusting Living Conditions

3/11/2011 8:40am EST
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar was shocked to see one-time bandmate Eddie Van Halen when the pair attempted an ill-fated reunion in 2004 because the guitar great had turned into a black-toothed, unwashed tramp who lived in squalor.

Hagar agreed to meet with Van Halen at his Malibu, California, home after he had divorced actress Valerie Bertinelli and before he was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue - and he admits it was sobering to see his former pal living like a dog.

In his new biography, Red, the rocker recalls, "It looked like vampires lived there. There were bottles and cans all over the place...

Sammy Hagar Believes He'll Reunite With Van Halen

3/5/2011 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 ...

Eddie Van Halen's Guitar Heads To The Smithsonian

2/10/2011 8:25am EST
Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen's most famous guitar has been handed to the Smithsonian museum - but it won't be on display to the public.

The rocker's iconic red, white and black instrument - nicknamed Frank 2 - has found a new home at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

However, Van Halen fans will not be able to view the homemade, Fender-style guitar - a spokesman for the Smithsonian tells the instrument will not go on show.

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Van Halen Records New Tracks With David Lee Roth

1/25/2011 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.

Valerie Bertinelli Weds At Her Malibu Home

1/2/2011 10:10pm EST
Valerie Bertinelli
Actress Valerie Bertinelli celebrated the first day of 2011 by marrying fiance Tom Vitale at her Malibu, California home.

A big Southern California freeze and high winds gave way to a beautiful sunny day as the couple exchanged vows on Saturday.

Bertinelli's ex-husband, rocker Eddie Van Halen and their son Wolfgang were at the wedding, according to reports.

The bride and groom have been dating since 2003. They got engaged in May.

Van Halen To Tour In 2011?

10/5/2010 10:23pm EDT
Van Halen
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

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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New Van Halen Album And Tour Due In 2011

8/7/2010 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...

Valerie Bertinelli:'Did I Just Get Dissed By Christina Aguilera?'

6/16/2010 4:00pm EDT
Valerie Bertinelli
Actress Valerie Bertinelli has been left with a nasty impression of Christina Aguilera after she was rudely brushed off by the singer during a chance meeting in 2004. The One Day At A Time star, who was previously married to rocker Eddie Van Halen, was excited to come face-to-face with Aguilera when they both attended a Van Halen concert.

However, the meeting quickly turned sour after the Genie In A Bottle hit-maker snubbed the actress - and Bertinelli will never forget just how rude the pop star was to her.

Bertinelli says, "Christina Aguilera, I met her and she was so mean to me. I th...

Valerie Bertinelli To Wed

5/20/2010 11:31am EDT
Valerie Bertinelli
Actress Valerie Bertinelli is engaged to marry her boyfriend Tom Vitale.

The former One Day at a Time star admits she was hesitant to wed again following her marriage to Eddie Van Halen, which ended in divorce in 2007, but she's now excited to tie the knot with Vitale, her partner of nearly six years.

And she's even agreed to let the financial planner organize their nuptials.

She tells, "I can't imagine my life - for the rest of my life, till the day I die - without him. Marriage at this age is so much different than when I was first married at 20. I feel incredibly lucky...

Valerie Bertinelli Felt 'High' After Completing Boston Marathon

4/20/2010 2:33pm EDT
Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie Bertinelli is celebrating after successfully completing her first marathon, just days before she turns 50.

Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife has been training for the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts since last summer, when she dropped 50 pounds and took part in a 13.1-mile race.

And her hard work has paid off - Bertinelli crossed the finish line at Monday's sporting event in five hours, 14 minutes and 37 seconds, much to the delight of her longtime boyfriend and workout partner Tom Vitale, who cheered her on from the sidelines.

Speaking shortly after the race, Bertinelli told

Sammy Hagar Bashes Eddie Van Halen

4/1/2010 2:00am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Rocker Sammy Hagar would only consider a return to Van Halen if band leader Eddie Van Halen agreed to work faster.

The singer is disappointed the reformed Van Halen haven't returned to the studio with original frontman David Lee Roth - and he claims any new material will be a long time coming if his experiences with guitarist Van Halen are anything to go by.

The Chickenfoot star tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune newspaper he's amazed the band hasn't released a new studio album in 17 years and recalls his last studio experience with the group was not fun.

Hagar reveals that he recorded...

Quotes: Celebrities React To Michael Jackson Death

6/26/2009 12:33am EDT
Michael Jackson stars remember celebrity quotes
Celebrities are expressing their shock, grief and remembrances after the news of Michael Jackson's death. Below is a collection of quotes from various stars about the King of Pop's tragic death.

"I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless." - Madonna

"I can't find the words right now to express how deeply saddened I am by Michael's passing. We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 26

1/26/2009 3:00am EST
Eddie Van Halen
Happy Birthday to Wham!'s other half Andrew Ridgeley (1963), hockey legend Wayne Gretzky (1961), comedienne Ellen DeGeneres (1958), soul singer Anita Baker (1958), Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen (1955), film critic Gene Siskel (1946; d. 1999), actor Scott Glenn (1941), baseball player/actor Bob Uecker (1935), French director Roger Vadim (1928; d. 2000), "Road to Perdition" star Paul Newman (1925), and American actresses Joan Leslie (1925) and Anne Jeffreys (1923).

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Music Technology: Then And Now

5/2/2008 1:38pm EDT
Almost everyone owns an Ipod, or some other form of music listening device, that we can thank to the benefits of the changes in music technology. If we were to consider however how the "music" itself has changed due to technology, then the changes in music technology can be viewed from a whole other point of view.

From a broader perspective we can perhaps say it really started with the German Electronic pop group Kraftwerk. They were essentially the first band to have the foresight to mix electronic sounds provided by the "new technology" on hand in the 70's and mix it with the pop s...

Concert Review: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Atlanta, GA

4/29/2008 1:43pm EDT
There are a handful of acts that certain music lovers yearn to experience in their lifetime. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Doors. The Clash. When it becomes apparent that experiencing some of these acts may not happen, it's a bitter pill to swallow. I have never seen a Springsteen concert. I yearned to see one before it was all over. When keyboardist Danny Federici lost his long battle with cancer last week, the E Street Band's immortality was in question. This was one, I thought, that I must see.

Bruce began the show with a tribute to Federici. The lights stayed off w...

Concert Review - Van Halen: The Reunion That No One Bet On

2/19/2008 11:44am EST
Van Halen
2/10/08 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

They say all good things must pass. David Lee Roth was out. Sammy Hagar took over. Then it was Gary Cherone for an eye blink. In 2008, that guy that Eddie Van Halen couldn't stand is now back in front. DLR in all his three-ring circus glory is back. Is this a good thing? Will it last? Will they avoid killing each other? Whatever your opinion, this was the near-original Van Halen lineup. The one asterisk would be the absence of bassist Michael Anthony. Recently fired, Anthony's bass was picked up by 16-year old Wolfgang Van Halen, son of ...