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10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

March 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't "live...like there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...
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Van Halen Shoot Down European Tour Rumors

March 13th, 2013 10:39am EDT
David Lee Roth
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 ...
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12 Music Acts That Need To Headline Halftime At The Super Bowl

October 17th, 2012 3:01pm EDT
Beyonce
Now that Beyonce has officially been named the headliner for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, we've decided to put together a little wish-list of acts that we think should provide the entertainment during the 30 minutes of downtime the players have to get rejuvenated for the second half of the big game.

With this year's addition of Beyonce, last year's headliner Madonna, and 2011's Black Eyed Peas shows we also think it's time to get back to some tried-and-true rock and roll.

Check out our picks after the jump...

Alice Cooper

The original shock-rocker puts on a ...
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Wolfgang Van Halen Slams One Direction After Hotel Meeting

October 17th, 2012 1:37pm EDT
Wolfgang Van Halen
Van Halen rocker Wolfgang Van Halen has called out the members of One Direction after the boyband allegedly snubbed him in a hotel lobby.

The bassist, whose dad is legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, took to his Twitter.com page on Tuesday to tell followers about his less than friendly exchange with the pop stars in Birmingham, England.

In a series of posts, he writes, "Fun fact: Was just insulted by that s**tty boy band One Direction in the lobby of our hotel this morning! Greetings Birmingham! No joke. That actually happened.That group of kids in One Direction were d**kheads to (my b...
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Eddie Van Halen Undergoes Emergency Surgery For Diverticulitis

August 30th, 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...
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Van Halen Cancel Postponed Summer Concerts

July 2nd, 2012 11:55am EDT
Van Halen
Legendary rockers Van Halen have scrapped their postponed summer tour dates, according to a report.

The group announced in May it was axing 30 dates following its June 26th concert in New Orleans, Louisiana, prompting speculation the band mates were not getting along.

Group leader Eddie Van Halen dismissed the gossip, explaining, "We bit off more than we could chew... We went on tour earlier than we wanted to so we could play (New York's) Madison Square Garden (before a renovation), and that threw the schedule out of whack."

He insisted the band would pick up where it left off later o...
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Eddie Van Halen And Son Share Performance Anxiety

June 13th, 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...
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Van Halen Getting Along Just Fine; Shows Postponed Over Exhaustion

May 20th, 2012 10:59pm EDT
Van Halen
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 ...
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Is Van Halen Breaking Up Again? Band Cancels 30 Tour Dates For No Apparent Reason

May 17th, 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 RollingStone.com Eddie Van Halen...
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Eddie Van Halen Reveals His Cancer Returned Twice Last Year

April 17th, 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...
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David Lee Roth Breaks Up Fight At Van Halen Show

March 14th, 2012 8:49am EDT
David Lee Roth
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...
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Patrick Wilson Recruits Brothers To Form Van Halen Cover Band

February 23rd, 2012 8:46am EST
Patrick Wilson
Actor Patrick Wilson has teamed up with his brothers to form a Van Halen tribute band.

The Watchmen star is such a big fan of the rock group, he recruited his musically-inclined siblings to take up guitar so they could perform at fundraisers and parties as Van Wilson.

He tells People magazine, "It's always been this hilarious passion."

And Wilson's two children with actress wife Dagmara Dominczyk love his new gig.

He adds, "I tell my wife, 'You don't have to stay the whole time.' At the end of the night, she's still there! And my sons like seeing Daddy, Uncle Paul and Uncle Mark act...
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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...
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Adele Keeps Van Halen Off The Top Of The U.S. Album Chart

February 15th, 2012 9:33pm EST
Adele
Adele's Grammy hype has helped the singer score another big week on the U.S. album chart - keeping reunited rockers Van Halen off the top.

Van Halen's long-awaited comeback "A Different Kind of Truth" was expected to end Adele's 19-week reign at number one on the Billboard 200 - but the Brit's "21" has scored a 20th week at the top thanks to a Grammy-related sales surge.

Adele made a stunning live comeback after throat surgery in 2011 at the Grammys on Sunday and took home six awards, including Album of the Year.

And partly thanks to the buzz, her 21 sold a stunning 237,000 in the U.S. l...
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Sammy Hagar Unimpressed With Van Halen's Comeback Album

January 31st, 2012 9:57am EST
Sammy Hagar
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...
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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...
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Van Halen Announces 2012 North American Tour, February 7 Release Of New Album, 'A Different Kind Of Truth'

January 8th, 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 ...
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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...
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Van Halen Announces 2012 Tour With Teaser Video

December 26th, 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...
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Eddie Van Halen To Auction Off Guitar For Charity

December 23rd, 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 CharityBuzz.com 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.
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Ozzy Osbourne Lands His Own Radio Show

November 21st, 2011 2:29pm EST
Ozzy Osbourne
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has landed his own radio show.

The star will host new SiriusXM program Ozzy's Boneyard when it launches later this year.

Osbourne will showcase tracks from his favorite artists, among them Metallica, Van Halen and AC/DC, share some of his own career highlights and personal stories, and also feature special broadcasts with his wife Sharon and their children, Jack and Kelly Osbourne.

He says, "After everything I've been through in my career I never imagined I'd end up with my own radio channel on SiriusXM. This is f**king amazing! Does this mean I can play whatever ...
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Van Halen Sign To Interscope Records; Tour Plans & New Album Announcements Expected Soon

November 14th, 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...
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Sammy Hagar Doesn't Like 'Bad Guys' Eddie & Alex Van Halen

August 24th, 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 Billboard.com 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...
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Sammy Hagar: 'I Miss Van Halen'

August 16th, 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...
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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...
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Sammy Hagar Still 'Angry' Over Van Halen Split

April 5th, 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....
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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...
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Sammy Hagar Was Abducted By Aliens

March 21st, 2011 11:47pm EDT
Sammy Hagar
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar insists he was once abducted by aliens.

In his new book, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Hagar reveals he was studied by extra-terrestrials after they made contact with him in the foothills of California, and now he's talking about the encounter for the first time.

Hagar tells MTV, "It was real. Aliens were plugged into me. It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. There weren't even wireless telephones.

"Looking back now, it was like, 'F---, they downloaded something into me!' Or they uploaded something fr...
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Sammy Hagar Shocked By Eddie Van Halen's Disgusting Living Conditions

March 11th, 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...
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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 ...
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