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Eddie Van Halen spent 3 weeks in hospital with Diverticulitis complications, DLR send best wishes from Japan

by on Sep.01, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Eddie Van Halen spent 3 weeks in hospital with Diverticulitis complications, DLR send best wishes from Japan

After undergoing emergency surgery for diverticulitis, Eddie Van Halen was in the hospital for three weeks and will now need four to six months at home to recover from the procedure. CNN reported that the Van Halen guitarist developed the condition while on the recent tour and then had a serious flare-up once he came off the road.

Diverticulitis is a digestive disease that occurs when pouches of the inner intestine lining become inflamed or infected. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever and cramping. Eddie had surgery to remove the infected intestine that resulted in another infection when Van Halen popped a few stitches, resulting in the three week hospital stay.

Van Halen's November tour of Japan is being rescheduled for sometime in 2013, and this may mean the band's discussed and rumored Super Bowl halftime show performance may not happen in February. Get well Eddie!!

David Lee Roth sent this message to Eddie from Japan, as he was doubling up doing promotion for the now postponed tour and sword training with a Shungendo monk, Sueyoshi Akeshi:

Love and support from all of us in Japan.

Get well soon.


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Veteran Rock bassist James Lomenzo competing on upcoming season of ‘The Amazing Race’

by on Aug.30, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Veteran Rock bassist James Lomenzo competing on upcoming season of ‘The Amazing Race’

I know who I'm rooting for on the upcoming season of the Emmy award winning CBS reality show 'The Amazing Race.' It's veteran rock bassist James Lomenzo! Lomenzo, who has played in numerous high-profile rock bands including White Lion, Slash’s Snakepit, David Lee Roth, Black Label Society and Megadeth, will compete with teammate Mark "Abba" Abbattista, 45, a friend and entertainment lawyer. There is a new twist on the show this year with an opportunity for a team to win even more that the $1 million grand prize.

CBS announced yesterday (Aug. 29) that 11 teams that will make up the cast for Season 21 of the reality series. Hosted by Phil Keoghan, the show pits 11 teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world for approximately 25 days. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination wins $1 million. In a new twist, if the team that wins the first leg ends up as the winners of the entire competition, they will double the prize and receive $2 million.

The new season of 'The Amazing Race' premieres Sunday, September 30 at 8 p.m. Check out more on James and Mark, and the show itself at:

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Van Halen News: Guitar World Interview excerpt, Diamond Dave ‘Love Train’ clip

by on Jul.15, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Van Halen News: Guitar World Interview excerpt, Diamond Dave ‘Love Train’ clip

Guitar World Magazine has posted an exclusive excerpt from their recent interview with Eddie Van Halen. Check it out the below.

Guitar Word: The last time we talked, you said you weren’t sure if you wanted to make a new Van Halen album. What changed your mind?

EVH: I think I was pissed off at the time. I didn’t want to do something new because I felt that even if we did, the fans wouldn’t like it anyway. We just snapped back and realized that, hey, we’re doing this for us, too. This is what we do. We make music for a living. Like I’ve always said, if you like what you’re doing, you’re halfway there; if someone else likes it, that’s even better. If they don’t like it, at least you like it. Not to be selfish, but you kind of have to be.

Guitar Word: What got the ball rolling on this album?

EVH: Wolfgang’s enthusiasm. He was going, “Come on, come on!” We went up to 5150 and started jamming. It felt like a comfortable old pair of shoes. Working with Dave again was like we had never left each other. It was that comfortable. We’ve known each other since high school. When you have old friends, five or six years can go by when you don’t see each other, but you just pick up where you left off.

We started recording at the studio at my house with just Alex, Wolfgang and me. Basically it’s the same way we start any record. We went through our archives of stuff we had already written. Wolfgang picked out a bunch of tunes. She’s the Woman was the first one. We started jamming on songs like She’s the Woman and Bulletheadand reworked them.

Dave was onboard from the beginning. I was already recording and engineering demos of She’s the Woman, Bullethead and Let’s Get Rockin’, which is now Outta Space. I sent Pro Tools files of recordings over to Dave, who was working over at Henson Studios, where he likes to record, which got him totally excited. He said, “Let’s get going!”

Guitar Word: How did you choose John Shanks [Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac] to produce the album?

EVH: The most difficult part of the process was deciding whether or not we should use a producer and who we should use. We had a big list of producers. Ever since we did that interview together with Tony Iommi [for GW’s Anniversary 2010 issue], I’ve been in contact with Tony a lot. Sabbath is doing their reunion also, and they’re working with Rick Rubin. I don’t think Rick is the right producer for the kind of band that Van Halen is, but his name was in the hat.

So was Pat Leonard [Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Madonna]. Dave doesn’t have a home studio, so he goes down to Henson to record, write and keep his voice in shape. One day he told me that he ran into this guy named John Shanks. I thought he was an odd choice, but we were open to anything. John asked what we had. I played him our three demos, and he loved them.

It was actually Wolf’s idea for the album to be a collection of our B-sides along with three reworked songs, which would be new to our audience. Instead of the "Best Of" it would be the B’s Of” — you know, songs like Drop Dead Legs, Girl Gone Bad… It would be a record of our more hardcore songs and none of the pop stuff. That was the initial plan for this album, but the deeper we dug, the more we found. At the same time I was writing new songs.

Dave got very excited about that. We all did. We ended up recording demos for 35 songs. All of those songs were ready to go, and we were able to play them all. We called John again and asked, “Are you busy? Do you want to come up and take a listen?” He was like, “Whoa! You’ve got a shitload of songs here!” We pretty much left it to John and Wolfgang to pick the songs, and it all went from there.

For the new album, Wolfgang pulled out some songs from the band’s past, which is something the group had done for previous records. For example, on Fair Warning, the band was still drawing on material like Mean Street/Voodoo Queen, which were from the demos you recorded before the first album came out. We were doing things like that even later.

Seventh Seal [from Balance] is a song that I wrote before Van Halen was even a band. Hang ’Em High [from Diver Down] was written long before we put it on an album. Same with House of Pain [from 1984], which was also on the demos we recorded in 1976 with Gene Simmons.

We approached this record no different than any other. The internet has changed everything. Now everyone knows where things came from. Before the internet nobody would have known that these were songs that we had already written but never released. When the album first came out, some people were saying that we purposely did old songs to get the public to relate to our old sound. But this record wasn’t planned that way. Whenever we make a record the first thing we do is go over what we already have in the bag that we can pick from, and then we focus on writing new material.

When we were digging around, I was amazed how fresh some of the songs sounded. I was going, “Did I really write that way back then?” The biggest trip is that I wrote some of those songs when I was still in high school and even junior high. A good idea is a good idea no matter when you do it.

You can order the issue at the Guitar World Online Store.

A video called '50 Rides On The Love Train,' which is 50 completely different versions of DLR singing 'Love Train' accompanied with video of him dancing at various places has been posted. In a David lee Roth scrapbook video, in the beginning it mentions that he warms up to 'Love Train' (originally by The O'Jays in 1972). Sometimes when he’s warming up they actually record him singing along with 'Love Train'. It is  entertaining but you may have to view it over time, since it is almost 2 1/2 hours long and you can only handle so much of the Love Train at any one time.

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Van Halen News: VH Interviews – Part 6; band talks pre-1978, Japan Tour TV promo ad, Guitar World Magazine cover


Van Halen News: VH Interviews – Part 6; band talks pre-1978, Japan Tour TV promo ad, Guitar World Magazine cover

The sixth video interview from Van Halen features Eddie and Alex Van Halen along with David Lee Roth talking about what it was like before they skyrocketed onto the scene in 1978, can be seen below:


Van Halen will bring their 'A Different Kind Of Truth' 2012 tour to Japan in November. It will be the first time they’ve played there in 14 years. The dates are as follows:

20 - Osaka
27 - Tokyo
29 - Nagoya

Van Halen News Desk has posted a 30-second promo video for the band's November 27th concert in Tokyo:

The August issue of Guitar World Magazine features a cover story with Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen. In the interview, Edddie talks of a very bright future for Van Halen.

"We truly are a band; it’s not just a one-off thing. I don’t want to say it’s a rebuilding process. If anything it's continuation. It feels more like a band and a family then it ever has, and not just because three quarters of it is family. Working with Dave (Lee Roth) has been very productive. We're all very opinionated about things, but it’s all for the benefit of the music. We're working together better than ever. I can see, I see us doing this for a long, long time. When things feel right, why the hell not keep doing it?

I can’t think of anyone on the planet who is more lucky and blessed. Not only do I get to play with my brother but I also get to play with my son. If my dad was still here now that would really make things amazing. I have a wonderful wife, wonderful friends, and a son who doesn’t smoke, drink or do drugs. I’m just a guitarist in a kick ass rock and roll band. What more could I ask for?"

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Van Halen News: Adam Sandler pays tribute to VH in ‘That’s My Boy’, EVH talks tour postponement and more (video)

by on Jun.24, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Van Halen News: Adam Sandler pays tribute to VH in ‘That’s My Boy’, EVH talks tour postponement and more (video)

Even if the first week box office returns and reviews have indicated that Adam Sandler's new movie 'That's My Boy,' is going to be a flop, there will be a few scenes Van Halen fans will want to see.

Three classic Van Halen songs are featured in the movie: 'And The Cradle Will Rock…,' 'Dance The Night Away' and 'Ice Cream Man.' 'That's My Boy' starts off in 1984, when Adam’s character has a major crush on his high school teacher and asks her out on a date to see a Van Halen’s concert. The teacher gets pregnant with his child and Sandler's character ends up finding his way back into his boy's life years later. Sandler’s character wears Van Halen shirts in the movie; wearing the Men's Grey Vintage Eagle Shirt as a teenager and the White 1982 Vintage Lion Shirt as an adult. Both of these shirts are officially licensed and are exclusives to  According to, Adam Sandler was officially proclaimed the "Customer of the Year" at Van Halen Store last year, where he placed five huge orders.

Last month, Van Halen released a video in which singer David Lee Roth discussed why the veteran rockers decided to cancel a lengthy run of dates on their current North American tour in support of their 'A Different Kind of Truth' album. In a recent USA Today interview, guitarist Eddie Van Halen reinterated much of what Roth said.

"We bit off more than we could chew," said Eddie. "This record took a lot out of us. And we went on tour earlier than we wanted to so we could play Madison Square Garden [before renovations began on the famed venue], and that threw the schedule out of whack."

Eddie also shared some details about the band's upcoming plans, explaining, "In November, we'll hit Japan, and in the new year, we'll possibly do something special, but I can't talk about it." Speculation is that the band may be playing the Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday, February 3rd in New Orleans.

Addressing the rumors that Roth and the Van Halen's haven't been getting along on the tour, EVH says they're untrue. "Dave's the same as he's always been, funny, witty. Sometimes I can only take that in small doses, because he just goes on and on." Eddie's son, Van Halen bassist Wolfgang added that Roth is "like the Energizer Bunny-- wind it up and see what happens."

Eddie also praised his son, stating: "He's 21 years old, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't drink, he doesn't do drugs. What more could I ask for? He's never done a [expletive] thing wrong." He added that playing with Wolfgang "just feels so natural. Looking back at all the years I've been making music, it feels like he's been there all the time."


Van Halen will tour Japan this November, with dates booked so far in Osaka (Nov. 20), Tokyo (Nov. 27) and Nagoya (Nov. 29).

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