Van Halen to tour in September

An August 14th article informed me that the legendary Van Halen held a press conference to announce a 25-date concert tour beginning Sept. 27 in Charlotte, N.C. After performing throughout North America, Van Halen plans to hit Asia and Australia. The re-formed group features three original members – singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen – along with Eddie’s 16 year old son, Wolfgang, on bass! The band has had numerous controversies and in-fighting with the Van Halen brothers (who appear to be one big entity) on one side and former bass player Michael Anthony and Roth and former singer Sammy Hager on various sides. The band has also sunk low in the eyes of longtime fans due to their treatment of Anthony, bass player for the band from the late 70s till 2006. In their new website, they removed his image from the cover of their Van Halen album (replaced by an image of Wolfgang), and the group photo from the Women and Children First album was taken off entirely.

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They may have lost a few fans in the process & having not released a new album (three new songs in 2004 is their only new material) since 1998! Man that is a long time even for a legendary rock band. And they have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. To tell you the truth, even I don’t really listen to them now. But the thought of a new album in the near future excites me. They’re in their 50s now (with the exception of Wolfie), and they’ve traded their long heavy-metal locks for close-cropped cuts, but the original members of Van Halen are back in business and promise that they’re better than ever.

Song for the day – “Jump” – VAN HALEN