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Van Halen set to tour (again)

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by captaind, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. captaind

    captaind Well-Known Member

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20160745/

    Won't be the same without Michael Anthony's backup vocals, but I'll still attend if they make a stop near here. I think he's touring with Sammy right now.

    Only took 23 years....
     
  2. Trumpet_Man

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    I have seen Roth with VanHalen at least a half dozen times. Haggar maybe twice. I dig this local so cali group.
     
  3. Thread_Killer

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    I saw Van Halen with Roth two times, and they were terrible.

    The worst was at the US Festival. The lineup was killer: Quiet Riot, followed by Motley Crue, Judas Priest, and The Scorpions. It was a great concert up to that point.

    Then Van Halen made us wait like an hour and a half before they went on. We were all tired, drunk, stoned, and dusty, and those A-holes made us wait around for no reason.

    Then they showed up drunk off their ***, and stunk up the place. :no:
     
  4. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Van Hagar was a great show when I was in high school. Never saw 'em with DLR, so can't comment.

    Speaking of DLR, have you seen + heard his bluegrass shiiit? :icon_eek:
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  5. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    $100 BOLTCASH FOR YOUR PLAYBOY BUNNY
     
  6. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Van Halen is NOTHING without DLR but I think they waited too long for this reunion.
     
  7. Kev

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    I have to agree. I was never a huge fan of the band to begin with, but Van-Hagar just made me want to spew industrial strength chunks.:puke:
     
  8. Monkeybacon

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    Old Van Halen is some of he best stuff ever. My first concert was the Diver Down tour in '82 and it was awesome but this tour is gonna suck. That bluegrass clip is embarassing. DLR and Eddie are both beyond repair.

    To quote a line from Pet Sematary "Sometimes...dead is better"


    :devil: :icon_guitar: :elephant: :puke: :icon_beerbang: :rockout: V
     
  9. Thread_Killer

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    Yeah. Wish they would've done this about 7 years ago, when the idea first came up. :no:

    Kev: Van Hagar was a run of the mill top 40 band. What a waste. :tdown:
     
  10. 17Rocks

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    Unchained was an AZZKICKER:yes:
     
  11. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    No Micheal Anthony, no point in going.

    Van Halen sucks now.
     
  12. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    I hated Van-Hagar!!!!
     
  13. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    More like a VH1 band.
    Something for couples and elderly folks!!! :lol:




    Sure as Hell was NOT Metal!!!!!
     
  14. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Halen

    Van Halen
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    Van Halen

    The original Van Halen logo
    Background information
    Origin Pasadena, California

    Genre(s)
    Hard rock

    Years active 1974 - present
    Label(s)
    Warner Bros. (1977-2002)

    Website Van-Halen.com

    Members
    David Lee Roth
    Eddie Van Halen
    Alex Van Halen
    Wolfgang Van Halen

    Former members
    Michael Anthony
    Sammy Hagar
    Gary Cherone
    Mark Stone

    Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in the 1970s. They enjoyed immediate popularity and influence with the release of their debut album, Van Halen in 1978, and to date have released eleven studio albums,[1] selling more than 80 million albums worldwide[2] and earning the band the Guinness Book of World Records title for the most number one hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock List.[3] According to the Recording Industry Association of America Van Halen is #19 on the list of top selling artists of all time (having sold more than 56 million albums in the U.S.)[4] and is one of only five rock groups that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. The band and its best known former members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 12, 2007.
    In addition to being recognized for artistic contributions and success, the band is known for the drama surrounding its lead singer spot. Although the instrumentalists have remained the same (Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and until 2006, Michael Anthony), the band has recorded/toured with three different vocalists: David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone. Each departed (at least once) under cloudy circumstances. More recently Michael Anthony was replaced in the band by Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang, but this new lineup is not yet known to have performed or recorded.
    Following their 2004 concert tour the band was on hiatus until September 2006, and since then the status of the band has been discussed by its members numerous times, though current details are vague. Other than three new songs in 2004, the band has released no new material since their last album Van Halen III was released in 1998.
    Contents
    [hide]
    • 1 History
    o 1.1 David Lee Roth era (1972 - 1985)
     1.1.1 As Mammoth
     1.1.2 Career breakthrough
     1.1.3 Departure of Roth
    o 1.2 Sammy Hagar era (1985 - 1996)
     1.2.1 Departure of Hagar
    o 1.3 Semi-reunion with Roth (1996)
     1.3.1 Second departure of Roth
    o 1.4 Gary Cherone era (1997 - 1999)
     1.4.1 Departure of Cherone
    o 1.5 Without a singer: Four years of silence (2000 - 2004)
    o 1.6 Reunion with Hagar (2004 - 2005)
     1.6.1 Second departure of Hagar
    o 1.7 Reunion with Roth (2006 - present)
     1.7.1 Departure of Anthony
     1.7.2 Hall of Fame induction, reunion tour planned and canceled
     1.7.3 Recent events
    • 2 Influence on culture, music, and business
    • 3 Lineups
    • 4 Discography
    • 5 Audio samples
    • 6 Notes
    • 7 See also
    • 8 External links

    [edit] History
    [edit] David Lee Roth era (1972 - 1985)
    [edit] As Mammoth
    In 1972, the Van Halen brothers formed a three-piece band. In their early days, Van Halen were known as Mammoth, with Eddie Van Halen as lead vocalist and guitarist, Alex Van Halen on drums, and Mark Stone on bass. They rented a sound system from David Lee Roth, but decided they could save money by letting Roth and his P.A. system into the band. He had previously auditioned for them unsuccessfully.[5] The band decided Stone did not suit them, and Michael Anthony was called over to David Lee Roth's father's basement (where the band rehearsed)[5]) to see how he compared. Anthony, the bassist and frontman of the band "Snake," had seen Mammoth performing at a festival. Eddie, Alex, and Anthony jammed late into the night and hired Anthony as the band's new bassist/backup vocalist.
    The band discovered that the name "Mammoth" was already being used, and renamed themselves "Van Halen." The newly-renamed band started playing clubs in Pasadena and Hollywood more frequently and to growing audiences, working hard to increase their popularity through self promotion: before each gig they would pass out flyers at local high schools in Pasadena and the vicinity.[5] They quickly developed a cult following, and Van Halen fans soon became notorious for being troublesome. The band was denied access to an audition for a club in Pasadena because their fans were too rowdy[citation needed]. Also, when the police were called to a backyard barbecue where Van Halen were performing, a mob of Van Halen fans allegedly flipped over several police cars and handcuffed one officer to a tree.[citation needed]
    The band became a staple act on California's Sunset Strip during the mid-1970s, consistently playing at well known clubs such as the Whisky a Go Go. In 1977 Gene Simmons, of the rock band Kiss, saw one of Van Halen's shows and financed their first demo tape, flying the band to Electric Ladyland studios in New York City to record "House of Pain" and "Runnin' With the Devil". Eddie disliked his playing on the demo, because he was not using his own equipment and had to overdub guitar parts.[5] Simmons wanted to change the band's name to "Daddy Longlegs" and had designed cover art (a daddy longlegs wearing a top hat), but the band stuck with Van Halen. Simmons opted to forgo any more involvement with the band, and returned to Kiss.[5]
    Later in 1977, Mo Ostin and Ted Templeman of Warner Bros. records saw Van Halen performing at the Starwood in Hollywood. Although the audience was small, the two were so impressed with Van Halen that within a week they offered them a recording contract, and in October of that year, Van Halen entered Sunset Sound Recorders studio and recorded their eponymous first album.
    All of the tracks were laid down very quickly (about three weeks), with little over-dubbing or double tracking. Minor mistakes were left on the record and a very simple musical set-up was used to give the record an almost-live feel. After adding vocals, the album was essentially ready to be mixed. Despite the simple studio set-up, Van Halen featured innovations in musical technique, production, and arrangement.
    [edit] Career breakthrough
     
  15. Trumpet_Man

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    Cover from 1978 debut album Van Halen with one of the earliest pictures of the band in their original lineup as Van Halen (clockwise from upper left corner: Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and Alex Van Halen). In the centre is the band's distinctive original logo, used until 1986.
    Entitled Van Halen, the album was released to immediate commercial success, reaching #12 on the Billboard pop music charts, one of rock's most commercially successful debuts.[6] It is a highly regarded hard rock album.[7] While it included original songs by the band, such as "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "Eruption," and "Runnin' With The Devil," the album also featured covers of the Kinks' song "You Really Got Me" and John Brim's "Ice Cream Man." The band toured for nearly a year on the basis of Van Halen, opening for Black Sabbath and establishing a reputation as a talented and exciting live band. The band's early chemistry came out of a contrast between Eddie Van Halen's technical wizardry and David Lee Roth's flamboyant antics, a rivalry that would later erupt into full-blown conflict. They returned to the studio in 1979 for Van Halen II, similar in style to their debut. This album yielded the band's first hit single, "Dance The Night Away."
    Over the next four years, the band alternated album releases and touring to increasing commercial and critical acclaim. By 1980, Van Halen was perhaps one of the world's most successful and influential hard rock bands. Their party-loving spirit and hard rocking anthem-like sound made them popular with teenagers. Women and Children First was released in 1980, further cementing Van Halen's status with popular songs like "And the Cradle Will Rock..." and "Everybody Wants Some!!". Despite success, in 1981, during the recording of their fourth album, Fair Warning, tensions began to rise. Eddie Van Halen's desire to experiment with more serious songs and complex structures was at odds with Roth's pop instincts and increasingly cartoonish, irony-laden persona. Although Roth (and producer Templeman) acquiesced to Eddie's wishes, Fair Warning was a relative sales disappointment, with no hit singles.
    The following album, Diver Down, performed better, and at the end of the supporting tour the band earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest-paid single appearance of a music group: their inebriated, $1 million, 90-minute set at the US Festival in 1983.
    [edit] Departure of Roth


    Cover art for the hit single "Panama" (1984) - one of the last photos of the 1974 - 1985 lineup
    Van Halen's next album, 1984 (released on January 9, 1984) was their commercial pinnacle, and many claim their artistic apex as well. Recorded at Eddie Van Halen's newly-built 5150 Studios, it featured keyboards, previously heard only rarely, now fully integrated into the band's sound. The album's lead single, "Jump", featured a bouncy synthesizer hook and anthemic lyrics, and became the band's first and only #1 pop hit, garnering them their first Grammy nomination.[citation needed]. Other hit singles included "Panama," "I'll Wait," and "Hot For Teacher," and many of the songs became major music videos on the increasingly popular MTV television channel, especially "Hot For Teacher," which featured a skimpily dressed model playing the part of an elementary-school teacher and school-age boys portraying younger versions of the band members. The album 1984 was praised by critics and fans alike[citation needed], peaking at #2 on the Billboard charts behind Thriller by Michael Jackson (Eddie Van Halen played the guitar solo on the hit song "Beat It," on that album).
    However, the album was also a breaking point for the original line-up. In the midst of their greatest commercial success and tour, the artistic and personal tensions among the musicians reached a fever pitch. Roth was upset about Eddie playing music outside of Van Halen and Eddie was sick of Roth's flamboyant behavior and cartoonish stage persona. Roth exited the band on April 1, 1985.
    [edit] Sammy Hagar era (1985 - 1996)


    Cover art for the hit single "Love Walks In" (1986) at start of Hagar's tenure with Van Halen
    Eddie Van Halen asked Patty Smyth of Scandal to perform with the band, but she turned the offer down. The band was then introduced to singer/guitarist/song-writer Sammy Hagar, formerly of the 1970s band Montrose, and at that time a solo artist coming off a very successful year (his 1984 album VOA had yielded the hit single "I Can't Drive 55'"). Hagar agreed to join the band. The 1986 Van Halen album 5150 was an immediate hit, becoming the band's first #1 album on the Billboard charts, driven by the keyboard-dominated singles "Why Can't This Be Love?", "Dreams" and "Love Walks In." The album included diverse songs ranging from the near thrash of "Get Up" and party rock of "Summer Nights" and "Good Enough," to the more introspective "Best Of Both Worlds" and a guitar heavy title track. 5150 is generally considered the strongest album of the "Hagar era."


    The Van Halen logo used during the Hagar and Cherone eras of the band (1986-2006).
    During Hagar's tenure, the band established a musical formula that proved commercially successful in the United States. Hagar's style enabled Van Halen to become accessible to a wider audience, with lyrics that were more conventional and refined. Eddie's keyboard work brought a wider variety of sonic textures within each song, and the production was altered toward the pop side, and the songs became longer: During the Roth era, Van Halen songs rarely stretched beyond three and a half minutes, and some albums struggled to cross the thirty minute mark. With Hagar, some songs exceeded five minutes in length. The result was markedly different from the hard charging, rollicking riffs of the group's earlier work. The mix of pop and hard rock styles created a new sound for Van Halen.
    All four studio albums produced during this period reached #1 on the Billboard pop music charts. Also during this time, 17 singles breached the top 12 of the mainstream rock tracks chart. In addition, Van Halen was nominated for two Grammy Awards, winning the 1991 Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal award for the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Van Halen continued to enjoy tremendous popular success throughout the mid-90's, while many other trends and bands fell from favor, overtaken by anti-establishment "Grunge Music." In 1995 Van Halen surprised many fans by supporting Bon Jovi on their European summer stadium tour.
    The band's commercial success and new "Van Hagar" sound did little to woo a small contingent of fans that still held a strong resentment over Roth's departure and refused to embrace Hagar. Throughout the era, when questioned about ever working with Roth again, Eddie repeatedly said he was happier with Hagar at the helm and that "Roth was not coming back."
    [edit] Departure of Hagar
    During the recording of their contribution to the film Twister, escalating tension between Hagar and the Van Halen brothers boiled over publicly as Hagar departed on Father's Day, 1996. Hagar claimed that he was fired; Eddie Van Halen claimed that Hagar quit. The media storm surrounding the dramatic exit of Hagar helped him to immediately restart his solo career. However, the publicity was not helpful for Van Halen, only serving to shine a bright light on the vacant lead singer spot. The commercial success that Van Halen reached with Sammy Hagar set high expectations, and fans everywhere were watching and waiting for the band's next move.
    [edit] Semi-reunion with Roth (1996)
    Soon after Hagar's departure, David Lee Roth re-entered the studio with the Van Halen brothers, Michael Anthony, and producer Glen Ballard. Two songs from those sessions were added to the band's Greatest Hits album and released as singles to help promote it, This helped to bring it to #1 on the US pop charts. However, unknown to Roth, Eddie and Alex were still auditioning singers secretly.
     
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    Fixed it.
     
  17. Boltjolt

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    Yea, Eddie is sore at Michael Anthoney for touring along with Sammy. Says his Kid is a better player than he is but who knows if he can sing a lick. Somebody has to sing backups.

    Anyways he still dont like Roth but wants to cash in so he will tollerate him.

    Heard him say all this on Howard Stern some months ago.
     
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    :lol: Took me a while to figure out that was DLR...Holy smokes!
     
  19. LV Bolt Fan

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    I've seen Van Halen, Van Hagar, Sammy all GREAT shows. Saw DLR about 5 yrs. ago at HOB. Kicked ***.

    I'll believe this tour happens when I see it. Eddie will become a dick after about the 3rd. show.
     

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