Things That Make Me Die Inside (Vol. 16)

Following the inevitable postponement of Van Halen’s blink-and-you-missed it reunion tour plans with David Lee Roth at the helm, Yahoo!’s Launch has reported that Velvet Revolver is now set to perform in the band’s place at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. In fact, it’s not even certain that any member of Van Halen will be present at the ceremony, so Velvet Revolver is also slated to accept the honor on their behalf. Now, granted, the dream of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth standing within 50 feet of one another every night throughout an entire summer tour was a long shot. But bands with far more fractious histories have managed to hold it together long enough to show up for one night and accept their induction to the Hall.

Then there’s the notion that "supergroup" Velvet Revolver, a band with one record to its name, has been selected to represent Van Halen as it is honored for lifetime achievement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Slash, Duff, Weiland and the boys grew up worshiping Van Halen and are stoked by the whole idea, but it smells fishy when you realize that this seemingly random choice (did the gala planners simply look for the next "V" band in the Yellow Pages?) coincides with the upcoming release of Velvet Revolver’s second album, Libertad, and their scheduled tour with Aerosmith.

Which is sadder — that Van Halen couldn’t stick together long enough to accept a career achievement award, or that their honor is being hijacked to provide a promotional opportunity for a band with far less history?


Comments (12 total) Add your comment
  • Tommy G

    You’d think that they’d be able to check their egos for one evening, wouldn’t you? But no – the spotlight is only so big. It’s too bad – I was kinda looking forward to seeing these old geezers belt out some quality 80’s rock & roll again.

  • Howard

    Can we answer C – Both of the Above?

  • Greg

    I’m sure Gary Cherone is free that night.

  • Tabasco Babe

    Velvet Revolver has Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and you’re crying about not enough history? The band formation may be relatively new, but the bandmembers are veterans.
    I agree, it’s a pain that Eddie and David can’t keep their animosity in check for one evening, but they were always less like professionals with creative differences and more like bitter divorcees. This new turn of events hardly surprising.

  • Ep Sato

    Given the supergroup status of Velvelt Revolver’s line up, i find their music to be less than the sum of all parts and terribly disapointing. And Weiland looks like he’s still on heroin…

  • Aron

    Normally another band accepting an award for Van Halen would seem silly. But Velvet Revolver is not only a great band, they were part of two other bands that will no doubt be in the same hall of fame. They may have a new album coming up, but still, who better then them?

  • Joe C

    I can’t help but wonder if Eddie’s cancer has come back? I know that they can’t get along, but come on, for just one night? Meanwhile I am still disappointed that there’s no VH tour; I was really looking forward to it.

  • skr

    I’m sorry, did you say far less history? You do realize that VR is basically Guns N’ Roses with a different frontman, and that frontman happens to be the lead from Stone Temple Pilots? At the end of the day you could have Slash walk out on stage and put on a top hat and that would be a performace worthy of inducting most bands.

  • briantologist

    Okay, look: Yes, there’s a lot of history when you add up the collective experience of Velvet Revolver. But there’s absolutely no comparison between the two groups, in terms of history or in terms of Van Halen’s monumental influence on rock. I love GNF’NR probably more than the next guy, but Eddie Van Halen invented the guitar style and techniques that an entire generation of players — Slash included — idolized, mimicked, and then built on.
    Even if Eddie is now crazier than a crackhouse roach.

  • James

    Mike,
    This isn’t the first time this has happened. Back when Van Morrison was enshrined, Counting Crows played instead of the no-showing Morrison. Counting Crows hadn’t released an album yet. I believe David Browne, EW’s music critic, mentioned it in his review of “August and Everything After.”

  • m.e.

    .that Van Halen couldn’t stick together long enough to accept a career achievement award.
    definitely.

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