VH rocks BH

Vanhalen_lYowwwww! Deeedle-leedle-lee! Do you know what that sound is? That is the sweet sound of a Van Halen/David Lee Roth reunion, as well as the sound of a mammoth sheet of ice crystallizing over Hades. It was announced earlier today that Van Halen will perform live with the Diamond One for the first time in more than 20 years, on a 25-date North American tour that begins Sept. 27 in Charlotte, N.C.

At a press conference this morning at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills (where mimosas and bloody Marys were served), DLR turned the charm up to 11, spitting out soundbites like it was 1984 all over again; Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen mostly looked on with amusement. Roth (pictured, left, with Eddie) scissor-kicked off the festivities by stating, "This is the press conference that you probably never thought that you would see happen, certainly not while we were all young, skinny and good-looking." When a woman shouted to him, "How’s your athleticism these days?" he retorted, "Well, let’s have a look at you, hot stuff!" And later, he declared: "Saving the world is Bono’s job. We just want to save 100 cities." (It’s too bad that Alex didn’t bring his drumset to punctuate Roth’s quips.)

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There is a slight catch to this we’re-baaaaack announcement: MichaelAnthony, the band’s amiable bassist (and one of rock’s best backingvocalists), was not invited to the party. (Long, convoluted story, butit has something to do with his friendship/touring schedule with formerVH frontman Sammy Hagar.) Anthony’s duties will be assumed by a16-year-old kid who goes by the name of Wolfgang Van Halen, as inEddie’s son. Don’t worry, the other VH members assure us that hiscradle rocks. And as Dave clarified: "This is not a reunion — this is anew band. This is a revision with hits that you’re so familiar with —it’s as familiar as the roof of your own mouth is to you — but theambition has nothing to do with old history. Usually when a band comesback like us, it’s rockers with walkers, and this is everything but.Meet us in the future, not the pasture." (For the record, the future may include a new album, and the pasture is filled with multiplatinum records and aborted reunion attempts.)

Incase you were wondering, the freshly sober Eddie looked good, and whilehe didn’t spend a lot of time on the mic, he did rave about thenew-union: "It is totally blowing our own minds… It’s better thanit’s ever been." The guitar deity went so far as to refer to DLR as his"new brother." (A new brother that he might kick in the groin by thefourth show? Oh, time — please do tell.) But leave it to Dave to throwdown this challenge to us: "The bar is set unbelievably high. We knowwhat your expectations are. Are you prepared for it to be better thanit ever f—ing was?"

You heard the man. Are you?

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  • jordan

    I was in high school when DLR was in. I was in college when SH was in. With the exception of “Jump”, I prefer the Hagar songs. I liked Roth’s craziness in 1984 when I was 17 but now it’d probably be too much.

  • Jill

    David Lee Roth looks exactly like Carson Kressley from Queer Eye in that picture!

  • Dio_K

    I’m betting a fiver that they won’t make it past Boston at the end of October.

  • Dave

    Holy crap, he DOES look like Carson! WTF? I’m already looking forward to the next edition of Behind the Music featuring the second fall-out between DLR and Eddie and the band’s subsequent takeover by Wolfgang.

  • Shamrock

    Why all the hate? Give them a chance. Van Halen is one of the greatest bands ever. They represent how rock n’ roll should be. Fun. Tired of bands with a political message. Let’s just rock!

  • darrin

    van halen has been on self destruct mode for some time now – the tour will be interesting – the new album won’t happen and no one will care

  • wintersux

    One wonders if Wolfie will be encouraged to cavort with the groupies with his dad looking on. Especially since the groupies will mostly be in their 40′s and 50′s.

  • Joe C

    Speaking as an 80′s fan,I am pumped about this. I’ve been waiting for over 20 years. So far, the tour is not scheduled to come to my town, but this is cool. This is the classic Van Halen lineup.

  • Tommy G.

    I think it’s great – the Rockin’ With Geezers Tour 2007 is on!!! This is the one tour that I’ve always wanted to see (but haven’t yet). Unfortunately their announced tour dates aren’t coming anywhere near here, but maybe if they can keep from killing each other, they’ll announce a second leg.

  • harry

    yyeeeeaaahh!!! this sounds totally awesome!!!

  • Winona

    I was thinking that in some pictures EVH looks like Vern Yip. Regardless, while on paper I am STOKED for this… I will not buy tickets, because I know that I’ll just have to deal with trying to get a refund from Ticketmonster once the tour’s canceled. Which y’all know it will be. This will *not* go off without a hitch.

  • Yeeaahhh!

    Whoopty freaken doo who cares let me know if Van Halen/David Lee Roth get in a fight

  • mark in nyc

    IT’s about time! I went to a VH concert in the 80′s when I was a foolish teenager! I got drunk in the parking lot, very drunk…sorry..very very drunk and passed out beofre VH took the sstage. I woke up in time for thier encore….i have been waiting over 20 years to actually see them again! So, it’s about time.

  • Laurie

    Sad. My brother has a VH tattoo and actually named my nephew after Michael Anthony. He will be very disappointed that MA is not with them anymore.

  • Zod

    Diamond Dave’s bravado is embarrassing.

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