Looks like Van Halen picked the wrong week to release the new ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ album, as Adele’s ’21’ beat out Van Halen for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart.

Adele’s ’21’ got a pre-grammy boost and sold 237,000 in the week that ended on February 12th, posting a gain of 95%. Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth arrives in the No. 2 position with 187,000 according to Billboard Magazine.

The new Van Halen album is the band’s 14th consecutive top 10 album, going back to 1979’s Van Halen II, which topped out at No. 6. The only release in the veteran act’s catalog that missed the top 10 was its self-titled 1978 debut, which peaked at No. 19. The group’s last studio record, 1998’s Van Halen 3 (with Gary Cherone on lead vocals), debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 191,000 in its first week.

Van Halen News Desk is reporting that David Lee Roth says the band is “totally okay with” fans shooting photos or video at the shows during their 2012 tour, which kicks off this Saturday in Louisville, KY. But just cell phones or small cameras will be allowed, no professional cameras or video equipment.

Roth has recorded and released a potporri of various videos detailing various observations, memories and tracks on the new album. Check them all out below:
“Brown M&M’s”


“Honey Baby Sweetie Doll Word Jazz”

“Song By Song: As Is”

“Super Later”

“You And Your Blues”

“Word Jazz Lyric Test: As Is”

“China Town”

Rollingstone.com recently conducted a fantastic interview with former VH vocalist Gary Cherone. Some great insight from the ‘forgotten’ VH vocalist. Check it out here.

Miked665, who I follow on Youtube, always has kick-ass video from Southern California concerts. Check out his collection of video from the Van Halen Los Angeles Forum show on Feb. 8th. Some great stuff!

The Howard Stern Show recently reached into the vault and presented a tribute to the Van Halen’s history. The special included the good, the bad and the ugly as it played out on the world’s greatest radio stage. From Roth to Hagar to Roth to Cherone to Hagar back to Roth. Check it out in its entirety below: