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.
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?!
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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.
What do Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Andy Summers, The Edge, James Hetfield and Jimi Hendrix have in common? They are all great rhythm players. These guys, and so many more, have restructured and redesigned the role and sound of playing rhythm guitar. And since 80 percent or more of your musical life may very well be spent playing rhythm, we should talk about it.
Van Halen News Desk have an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming hardcover photo book, simply titled Eddie Van Halen, by Neil Zlozower, in which AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young talks about King Edward in depth. You can check out an excerpt of their excerpt below.
Billy Sheehan has probably received more worldwide press than any contemporary rock artist not on a major label. In much of this coverage, Sheehan is referred to as "the Eddie Van Halen of bass," a title based on Sheehan's virtuosic command of the instrument, together with his ability to play fiery two-handed fretting moves -- a technique Van Halen brought to national attention with his band's debut album in 1978.