In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.
VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.
“Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within four [to] six months.
“VAN HALEN’s scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013.”
According to WebMD, diverticulosis happens when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful.
VAN HALEN recently canceled the 31 North American tour dates it initially postponed in May.
Both singer David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen denied rumors that they were fighting again on the road, with fatigue and an over-ambitious schedule given as the reasons for curtailing the group’s live work.
Eddie told Guitar World in a new interview that the band intends to stick around for a while, saying, “It feels more like a band and a family than it ever has . . . We’re all very opinionated about things, but it’s all for the benefit of the music.”
The band has been supporting its new album, “A Different Kind Of Truth”, VAN HALEN’s first album in 14 years and first with Roth since 1984.
The VAN HALEN News Desk have issued the following update regarding the band’s postponed tour:
“First off, no one in the band is sick. No health problems. Second, we knew right away that Rolling Stone’s “source” is completely wrong, and can not possibly be a person with actual inside knowledge of the tour, because all four band members have been getting along splendidly throughout the entire tour. Roth and the Van Halen’s talk every day, and they are all smiles on stage. Everyone who’s seen the tour or even youtube videos can confirm that.
In fact, the band is on such a high from playing together this year and they were really taken aback by the Rolling Stone quote. They’re older and wiser and haven’t had any issues with one another.
Why were these dates postponed? The band has been working tirelessly for the last 18 months – writing and recording A Different Kind Of Truth, filming the ‘Tattoo’ video, rehearsing, putting together the show themselves (lighting, the videos, the stage, routing the tour, and lots of behind the scenes stuff that most people don’t even know about). The band wants the second leg to be as awesome as the first. And for that to happen they want to put more time into the planning of it. Not just continue on with the same show.
Van Halen is very enthusiastic about the rest of the tour and wants be on the road for a long time. Just how long remains to be seen, but we’ll say that the tour will probably continue into next year. They are now considering touring Australia and Japan in the near future.
As it stands now, the 31 postponed US shows are due to be rescheduled. There should be some sort of official announcement forthcoming.”
Van Halen’s A Different Kind Of Truth tour earlier this year did pretty well for itself. That’s why it made sense for them to add another U.S. leg to their touring plans (with even more dates recently added). What doesn’t make sense, though, is most of those dates getting postponed.
According to Pollstar.com, Van Halen have postponed over 30 previously announced shows this Summer. They note that dates following the band’s June 26 show in New Orleans have been completely removed from their website. With the newly added dates, the tour was supposed to run until September. Thus, shows in markets like Philadelphia, Baltimore, E. Rutherford, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Memphis, Spokane, Reno, Fresno, Wichita, Salt Lake City, El Paso, Milwaukee and more have been affected.
Making matters even more strange is that an no explanation behind the sudden change in plans has been given, only that future dates will be announced. So what is the cause of all these dates to suddenly get canned? Until further information is revealed you can check out a full rundown of dates that have been postponed after the jump.
7/ 7 – Uncasville, Ct., Mohegan Sun Arena
7/ 9 – Hampton, Va., Hampton Coliseum
7/ 11 – Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
7/ 13 – East Rutherford, N.J., Izod Center
7/ 15 – Baltimore, Md., 1st Mariner Arena
7/ 17 – Rochester N.Y., Blue Cross Arena
7/ 19 – Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
7/ 21 – London, Ontario, John Labatt Centre
7/ 24 – Toledo, Ohio, Huntington Center
7/ 26 – Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
7/ 28 – Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena
7/ 31 – Fort Wayne, Ind., Allen County Memorial Coliseum
8/ 2 – Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
8/ 4 – Knoxville, Tenn., Thompson-Boiling Arena
8/ 6 – Memphis, Tenn., FedEx Forum
8/ 8 – Birmingham, Ala., BJCC Arena
8/ 10 – Greenville, S.C., BI-LO Center
8/ 12 – Cincinnati, Ohio, US Bank Arena
8/ 21 – Spokane, Wash., Spokane Arena
8/ 23 – Portland, Ore., Rose Garden
8/ 25 – Sacramento, Calif.,Power Balance Pavilion
8/ 28 – Fresno, Calif., Save Mart Center
8/ 30 – Reno, Nev., Reno Events Center
9/ 4 – Salt Lake City, Utah – EnergySolutions Arena
9/ 8 – Albuquerque, N.M., Tingley Coliseum
9/ 11 – El Paso, Texas, Don Haskins Center
9/ 13 – Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
9/ 15 – Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena
Van Halen have just unleashed the official music video for “She’s The Woman,” the latest single from the legendary rock band’s new album, A Different Kind of Truth. The clip features performance footage from the band’s current North American Tour, continuing tomorrow with a sold out show at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL.
A Different Kind of Truth, the band’s first album with lead singer David Lee Roth since the multi-platinum selling 1984, is available now on iTunes. For more on Van Halen, including a full tour schedule and ticket information, visit their official site at www.van-halen.com.
Van Halen have just released a clip featuring David Lee Roth interviewing the Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex. They describe in detail the stories behind their musical upbringing in Holland and journey to Southern California. The clip can be seen here.
Earlier in the week the band released A Different Kind of Truth, which is their first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band’s classic multi-platinum album 1984. The band have also released a video for lead single “Tattoo” which can be seen here.
Van Halen have also announced their return to the live stage with an extraordinary 2012 North American tour. The announcement was made 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 & The Gang will join Van Halen for select tour dates.
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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 & The Gang will join Van Halen for select tour dates.
Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning January 14 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
In addition, Van Halen confirmed their new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, will be released in the U.S. by Interscope Records on February 7. The first single from the album, “Tattoo”, and its accompanying video will be debut simultaneously on Tuesday, January 10th, with album pre-orders starting that day. A Different Kind Of Truth is Van Halen’s first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band’s classic multi-platinum album 1984.
Fans can expect Van Halen to perform selections from A Different Kind Of Truth alongside songs from their arsenal of epic hits that include: “Eruption,” “Running with the Devil,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” “You Really Got Me,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Everybody Wants Some,” “Unchained,” “And The Cradle Will Rock,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Mean Street,” “Somebody Get Me A Doctor,” “Jump,” “Panama,” “Hot For Teacher,” “I’ll Wait,” and more from their classic albums Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down and 1984.
Van Halen – who the Los Angeles Times recently called “a force of nature” and “one of the flat-out greatest rock bands on the planet” – was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2007.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band’s record of achievement is hard to top. Among a long list of awards, recognition and accolades, Van Halen joins an elite short list of two time Diamond Award honorees in the history of the music industry. Presented with two Diamond Award RIAA Certified Status’ for their albums Van Halen and 1984, the band has produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come.
Kool & The Gang found a special sound at the unique intersection of jazz, R&B, funk and pop. Their music has been created by the same core of players for over thirty years: Robert “Kool” Bell, his brother Khalis Bayyan, their longtime friends Dennis “DT” Thomas and George “Funky” Brown.
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VAN HALEN 2012 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Date City Venue On Sale Date
2/18/12 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center January 16
2/20/12 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills January 14
2/22/12 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse January 14
2/24/12 Chicago, IL United Center January 14
2/28/12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden January 14
3/1/12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden January 14
3/3/12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena January 14
3/5/12 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center January 14
3/9/12 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center January 14
3/11/12 Boston, MA TD Garden January 14
3/15/12 Montreal, QC Bell Centre January 14
3/17/12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre January 14
3/21/12 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place January 14
3/24/12 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall TBA
3/28/12 Washington, DC Verizon Center January 14
3/30/12 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center January 14
4/1/12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena January 14
4/10/12 Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center TBA
TMD has obtained NEVER BEFORE CIRCULATED concert audio of VAN HALEN performing the classic song “Mean Street” in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 16, 1981 at the Aladdin Theater during the legendary rock act’s Fair Warning Tour.
Here the listener is taken back three decades and treated to the original VAN HALEN lineup in all its former glory, featuring bassist Michael Anthony, lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and lead vocalist David Lee Roth.
TMD has obtained rare concert audio of VAN HALEN performing “Unchained” at Reunion arena in Dallas, Texas on November 18, 1982. No longer home to major rock concerts and sporting events, demolition on Reunion arena was officially completed on November 17, 2009. Here the listener is treated to the original Van Halen lineup in all its glory:
when Eddie, Alex, David, and Michael were undoubtedly at the top of the Rock N Roll game.
For the 9,000th post at TMD’s site, a true gem has been obtained to celebrate the big milestone… enhanced concert audio of early VAN HALEN performing “House of Pain” at the Starwood in Hollywood, California back on June 30, 1976.
Here the listener will be treated to the original VAN HALEN lineup in all its former glory, featuring bassist Michael Anthony, lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and lead vocalist David Lee Roth.
VAN HALEN News Desk has issued the following update:
“The following breaking news is sure to come as a welcome Holiday gift for Van Halen fans around the world who’ve been dying to know if the band is planning on releasing new music or touring in the near future.
Sources tell the Van Halen News Desk that the band is very eager to tour, and that they want to tour behind new material. Eddie Van Halen has been very busy during most of 2010 writing music. Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen often join Eddie in the 5150 studio and the three of them have been hard at work jamming and recording demos. The three Van Halens have been sending the music to DAVID LEE ROTH, who’s adding the lyrics. Two of our sources have heard some of the early versions of the tracks (without vocals) and were very pleased. The music is said to sound like straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll and “very Van Halen.”
After talking to several producers, the band has chosen Grammy award winner producer/songwriter/musician John Shanks (whom Clive Davis calls “the father of that guitar-driven kind of pop sound”). In January, 2011, David, Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang will head into the studio to begin recording with the much sought-after producer. The band is hopeful that the recording sessions will lead to a full studio album that would be completed and available sometime next year.
Interestingly, the band is planning on recording in John Shank’s Henson Studio as well as Van Halen’s 5150 Studios, making next month the first time Van Halen will record anywhere outside of their own studio since it was built, in 1983.
We are excited to learn that the band is re-exploring Eddie’s extensive library of unreleased songs and riffs, even reaching back to their early unreleased demos for added inspiration. The band is retooling and tweaking some of this mostly-unheard, incredible music, which have completely new lyrics from Roth. Eddie is even considering developing a song or two from the material that he wrote for The Wild Life movie score in the mid 1980?s.
Although this news is not coming straight from the band or their publicist, we can tell you with certainty that it isn’t just another rumor that will turn out to be false, as most rumors do. These are indeed Van Halen’s current goals. We at the Van Halen News Desk have several reliable sources close to, or within the Van Halen camp, who give us solid Van Halen updates whenever they make any major plans. Our relationships with these contacts were established during the years of our publishing the official Van Halen fan magazine, The Inside, and through our associations while running VHND.com and VanHalenStore.com.
We want to clarify that, while this news sounds very promising for fans, NOTHING is set in stone as far as a definite album or tour. The band is hoping to have a new album and tour, but only time will tell if it all comes to fruition. There is no timetable for anything yet.
Despite their grand plans, it is very unlikely that there will be any confirmation from Van Halen themselves about any of this. The band has a definite policy of not talking until their plans are 100% solid and everything is in place. They don’t want to announce any plans that might not pan out, so as to not disappoint fans.
A source close to David Lee Roth tells us that he’s been getting in top physical shape for the potential tour and has been writings tons of lyrics.
We also have another source who’s spent some time with Eddie Van Halen recently. Ed seems to be doing better than ever these days. He’s been completely sober for over 2 1/2 years. He has surrounding himself with positive, encouraging people, among them his wife Janie, bandmates Alex and Wolfgang, and friend and business partner, Matt Bruck. His schedule is early to bed, early to rise, and he’s keeping very focused on staying sober, writing new music and running his EVH brand. We are really happy to hear he’s in a wonderful place these days.
The TRUTH about the Van Halen rumors:
And now for the die-hard fans, the Van Halen News Desk will tackle all the currently widespread rumors and either shoot them down or confirm them as true.
Rumor: Van Halen are working towards finishing recording of a new studio album with David Lee Roth and a single is slated for release before the end of this year.
FALSE. The band starts recording in January.
Rumor: The band will tour extensively in 2011, taking in North America, and likely European and Australian dates.
FALSE. Although a 2011 tour may occur, no such tour is currently planned.
Rumor: Numerous reports about new music coming from the band are true. There is new music recorded with the expectation of an all-new studio album featuring David Lee Roth to be released in 2011. What is not known right now is the time frame for this.
Mostly TRUE. The band has written lots of new music and hopes to complete an album, but a nothing is definite right now.
Rumor: DLR’s vocals are being recorded away from the 5150 studio.
Partially True. This is true, but only in regards to the early demos, not the final recording. This is what many bands do before entering the studio. The entire band will reconvene in the studio in January.
Rumor: Eddie has recorded most of the bass parts for the album.
FALSE. Eddie could have recorded some of the bass parts for the early demos when Wolfie wasn’t around, as he often did when Michael Anthony was in the band. Wolfgang has been recording demos all year, and he’ll be playing all the bass parts on the finished tracks.
Rumor: There is a deal in place between Warner Bros. and the band for a new album.
FALSE. If a new album is released, it will most likely be a direct deal with Walmart or BestBuy.
Rumor: Van Halen has chosen Ross Hogarth to produce new music.
FALSE. The producer they chose is John Shanks. Hogarth is an engineer rather than a producer, and is not involved with Van Halen whatsoever.
Rumor: Chris Cornell from Soundgarden has recorded some background vocals on some of the new music.
Rumor: A spokeperson for Van Halen recently clarified that the band isn’t doing anything and that there will definitely be no new album or tour next year.
FALSE. A spokeperson for Van Halen did indeed shoot down the recent rumors of planned tour and an album near completion. He was being honest in doing so, since there is currently neither a tour planned, nor an album near completion. However, he did say that the band is currently “working on stuff”, but gave no further details.
Rumor: The main reason that the band never released a DVD of the 2007-2008 tour was because the band members could not reach a financial agreement over the deal.
FALSE. The reason that it wasn’t released had nothing at all to do with finances. The band simply wasn’t happy enough with the footage and felt that many camera angels weren’t right.
Rumor: Warner Bros is preparing to release Blue-Ray editions of Live Without a Net and Live Right Here Right Now.
Unknown. We don’t know if this is true or not.
Rumor: Warner Bros is releasing limited edition remastered vinyl releases of Van Halen II, Women And Children First, and 1984 on Dec. 13th, 2010.
True, except for release date. The 3 vinyls will be released, but they’ve been pushed back until sometime in early 2011.
Rumor: Warner Bros is preparing to release re-masters of the SAMMY HAGAR era catalogue.
Partially True. They are talking about releasing remasters of the Sammy Hagar era albums, but nothing has been decided yet.
Stay tuned to VHND.com for the truth about Van Halen 2011!”
As previously reported:
You loved the Van Halen collection so much; Lick Library just had to add Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 to their catalogue. With five new tracks, the 2 DVD set features over three hours of guitar lessons including covering Eddie Van Halen’s ground breaking solo techniques and killer riffs.
Van Halen is one of only five bands that have had two albums sell more than ten million copies in the USA. Fronted by the inimitable Eddie Van Halen, who is undoubtedly one of the most influential, original and talented rock guitarists of the twentieth century, the band are getting set for the release of a new studio album and a tour in 2011.
The DVD is presented by Jamie Humphries who specializes in all things rock and is renowned for his fastidious transcriptions and awesome backing tracks. This double DVD set give you the chance for one to one guitar tuition with Jamie and is not to be missed.
Learn To Play Van Halen Vol 2 features the Van Halen version of THE KINKS classic ‘You Really Got Me’ from their debut album. This track was responsible for jump starting Van Halen’s career. Also taken from this album is ‘I’m The One’. Jamie then moves to Van Halen’s second album and takes a look at the concert staple ‘Beautiful Girls’. Their fourth album is regarded by many as their best and the DVD guitar lesson looks at the opening track ‘Mean Streets’. Finally you can study ‘Drop Dead Legs’ from Van Halen’s most popular sixth album MCMLXXXIV (1984).
As you look at each track with Jamie, he will break it down into small manageable pieces, playing it slowly, then up’ing the tempo to a medium one before playing it up to tempo. All the time, because it is a Lick Library guitar lesson, you can see what both of Jamie’s hands are doing with the familiar split screen. Jamie talks you through the techniques needed to nail that two handed tapping so indicative of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing, and get that Van Halen feel in your playing.
To find out more about Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 visit LickLibrary.com where you will also find details of Learn To Play Van Halen, Van Halen The Solos, Quick Licks Fast Rock in the style of Van Halen and Guitar Techniques Van Halen as well as the many other guitar tuition DVDs from Lick Library.
TMD has obtained the isolated master guitar track for VAN HALEN’s classic song “Running With The Devil” off the legendary rockers 1978 eponymous debut album. In 2009, it was named the ninth greatest hard rock tune of all time by VH1.
When Eddie first burst onto the scene at just 23 years of age, he was undoubtedly the hottest heavy metal guitar player in the world. With one listen of the blazing guitar giant on this isolated
performance… you will come to respect him even more.