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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!!, Batteries for Everything!

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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Top 30 list of richest drummers in the world

by on Aug.27, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Top 30 list of richest drummers in the world

We now know who the richest drummers in the world are, and it really should be no suprise who is #1. compiled all information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements to come up with the figures. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents fees, and lifestyle. Check out the Top 30 below., Batteries for Everything!

The 30 Richest Drummers in the World:
1. Ringo Starr – $300 Million (The Beatles/Solo)
2. Phil Collins – $250 Million (Solo/Genesis)
3. Dave Grohl – $225 Million (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)
4. Don Henley – $200 Million (The Eagles)
5. Lars Ulrich – $175 Million (Metallica)
6. Charlie Watts – $160 Million (The Rolling Stones)
7. Larry Mullen Jr. – $150 Million (U2)
8. Roger Taylor – $105 Million (Queen)
9. Joey Kramer – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
10. Chad Smith – $90 Million (The Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot)
11. Travis Barker – $85 Million (Blink 182/The Aquabats)
12. Stewart Copeland – $80 Million (The Police)
13. Alex Van Halen – $75 Million (Van Halen)
14. Nick Mason – $75 Million (Pink Floyd)
15. Tommy Lee – $70 Million (Motley Crue)
16. Bill Ward – $65 Million (Black Sabbath)
17. Jon Fishman – $60 Million (Phish)
18. Carter Beauford – $55 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
19. Rick Allen – $50 Million (Def Leppard)
20. Tre Cool – $45 Million (Green Day)
21. Danny Carey – $40 Million (Tool)
22. Tico Torres – $40 Million (Bon Jovi)
23. Max Weinberg – $35 Million (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band/Conan O’Brien)
24. Mickey Hart – $30 Million (The Grateful Dead)
25. Bill Kreutzmann – $25 Million (The Grateful Dead)
26. Neil Peart – $22 Million (Rush)
27. Taylor Hawkins – $20 Million (Foo Fighters)
28. Questlove – $16 Million (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon)
29: Steven Adler – $15 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
30. Mick Fleetwood – $8.5 Million (Fleetwood Mac)

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Van Halen ‘Mean Street’ vintage Italian TV clip

by on Aug.18, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Van Halen ‘Mean Street’ vintage Italian TV clip

Check out this Van Halen clip from November 14th, 1981 of the band lip-syncing 'Mean Street'. The clip was aired this summer on Italian television channel Rai Storia. Real clean video for 1981., Batteries for Everything!



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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., Batteries for Everything!

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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Pollstar Top Grossing Tours of 2012 (so far)

by on Jul.14, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Pollstar Top Grossing Tours of 2012 (so far)

Pollstar has released the list of the top grosses tours for the fisrt six months of this year and Van Halen and former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters were among the top-grossing acts.

Van Halen sold 448,506 tickets, resulting in a final gross of $44.9 million. Waters topped that, selling 575,444 tickets for a final gross of $61.9 million, making him the top grossing rock act. Waters was #2 overall, behind the 'Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson: The Immortal' tour, which grossed $78.5 million. Van Halen was #3 overall.

Here's the rock represented in the top 20:
#7: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - $30.0 million
#8 - Elton John - $26.0 million
#9 - Dave Matthews Band - $24.4 million
#10 - Radiohead - $22.8
#14 - Nickelback - $21.0
#17 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - $18.3
#20 - The Black Keys - $18.0
Check out the rest of the top North American tours here: Pollstar’s Boxoffice Department determined that the Top 100 Tours in North America generated a combined gross of $1,125.9 million, up 1.2 percent over last year.

Ticket prices dropped an average of $6.34, or 9.4 percent, to $60.68, the lowest since 2007 when the average ticket price was $58.61., Batteries for Everything!

On the global chart Roger Waters finished #1, with 63 shows in 40 cities. He sold 1,431,852 tickets for a total gross of $158.1 million.  By comparison, second-place Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played 34 shows in 29 cities, selling 925,839 tickets for a total gross of $79.9 million. Van Halen charted at #6.

Other rock represented in the top 20 worldwide:
#6 - Van Halen - $44.9 million
#9 - Paul McCartney - $ 40.1 million
#11 - Elton John - $37.4 million
#15 - Rammstien - $28.7 million
#18 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - $24.7 million
#19 - Dave Matthews Band - $24.4 million
#20 - Radiohead - $22.8 million

Check out the top 50 global tour list here:

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