It's becoming a different kind of tour for Van Halen. For one thing, it keeps getting longer and longer, which is great news for fans. The band just announced several new dates in August and September, all still in support of their 2012 album, A Different Kind of Truth.
Award-winning producer/songwriter/guitarist John Shanks clearly recalls the first time he heard Van Halen. “I was 12 years old, doing my homework, and I put their first album on,” he says. “All of a sudden, ‘Eruption’ comes on and you’re like, ‘What?’ No one had ever heard that. It freaked us all out. To me, it was Hendrix, Beck, Page, Gilmour and Clapton. That was it — the big five. And of course The Beatles. And then, one day, Van Halen.”
The all-new April 2012 issue of Guitar World counts down the 50 Best Van Halen Songs of All Time. With Van Halen riding high on the release of A Different Kind of Truth, their first new album in 14 years, we celebrate the best tracks in their catalog -- from "Runnin’ With the Devil" to "Tattoo."
On Tuesday, March 13, Van Halen rolled into Manchester, New Hampshire, and played to a packed house at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The city was taken over by Van Halen fever. Every bar I walked into was packed to the gills, cranking stuff like “Drop Dead Legs" from 1984.
Steve Vai and Vai.com have just posted some interesting items to eBay: the modded Marshall full stack Vai used on David Lee Roth's 1986 Eat 'Em and Smile album and lengthy supporting tour. The starting price was $1,000.
You could go back and forth for years trying to choose the best Eddie Van Halen guitar solo on any individual Van Halen album. But to try to pick his best guitar solo ever? Damn near impossible. But that's exactly what we asked you to do two weeks ago.
Van Halen are digging deep into their back catalog on their current tour. They even broke out "The Full Bug" last night at New York's Madison Square Garden, marking the first time the Diver Down track has been performed live since 1983. You can see fan-filmed footage of the performance below.