Crowds of people held back by metal barricades and cops has become a common sight on the streets of Manhattan lately, but on Thursday night, January 5, the hordes were not protesting Wall Street but rather hoping for a chance to join the 200 or so journalists, record label execs, and celebrities crammed into Greenwich Village’s tiny Café Wha? where Van Halen performed a steamy, action-packed one-hour set.
They may be an "unofficial" news source, but fan website Van Halen News Desk has been pretty spot on with getting the inside scoop surrounding what's been a pretty mysterious Van Halen camp as of late.
Two videos have recently appeared online featuring Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth having an interview-style conversation with Eddie Van Halen about the good 'ole days, including chats about Wet t-shirt contests and Ed's old Volvo. You can listen to the conversation in the clips below.
Tickets for Van Halen's upcoming 2012 tour don't go on sale until the 10th, but the band aren't waiting to give a lucky handful of music industry folks a taste of what's to come. The band will be playing an intimate gig at New York City's Cafe Wha? this Thursday, January 5.
After a long wait and much speculation, Van Halen have officially confirmed that they will be on tour in 2012. A series of videos posted to their official website confirms as much, with "Van Halen on Tour 2012" and "First Tickets On Sale January 10" scrolling across the bottom of each (you can check out one of the trailers below.)
Late last week, the guys over at the Van Halen News Desk (VHND.com) published several recently unearthed photos of Van Halen making an in-store appearance at a record store during their 1978 world tour.
When I think back to when I was 13 or so growing up and learning to play guitar, there were definitely some moments of discovery that I consider key in my musical journey. The first time I heard Van Halen was one of those moments. It wasn’t only the fact that the songs kicked ass or even David Lee Roth’s swaggering personality; it was the guitar! The guitar sounded HUGE!
For months now, the Grammy people have been hinting -- in a non-subtle fashion -- about Van Halen making an appearance at the Grammy Nomination concert, which took place last night. Well, the concert came and went, and no Van Halen. What gives?!
Edward Van Halen welcomes me to 5150, his legendary 24-track home studio, with a handshake and a slap on the back. For a split second, I am unable to return the warm greeting, as I am dumbstruck: standing in front of me, it seems, is not Edward but his evil twin.