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This is courtesy of Andrew from Melodicrock.com


VAN HALEN - NOVEMBER 19 DEFINITELY NOT THE END OF ANY ROAD:
They say a week is a long time in politics, but it's even longer in the world of Van Halen.
I have written a lot of Van Halen updates over the time running this site, but none brought me more pleasure than the November 20, 2003 report breaking the news that one of the truly great bands in rock n roll history would finally return to action now that the much loved Eddie Van Halen was over his battle with cancer and singer Sammy Hagar had returned to the fold.
The band had a lot of work to do in order to mend past friendships and build bridges to the future. But the guys were well on the road to doing just that, with an 80 date North American tour the perfect foil for the boys to once again gel and show the world just what a great live performance is all about.
I was disappointed hear about rumors of recent turmoil and when listening to Sammy Hagar's recent radio interview, presumed the worst like just about everyone else had.
But not so!
Overnight Sammy Hagar has printed a personal update on his website, which addresses recent whispers of unrest.
And reports in from live shows this week highlight a warm chemistry between all on stage. Even reports from last night's show in Milwaukee have the band reaching a new level of enjoyment on stage and really soaking up the last few nights of this long tour.
My main reason for this update comes after getting a phone call yesterday from the USA.
It was from a source known to me who has been travelling with Van Halen on their current comeback tour. They wanted to set the record straight on a few things rumors which have been greatly exaggerated or formed for unknown reasons.
The biggest issue that needs to be put straight is Eddie's drinking and the perception he had been drunk throughout the tour. That is just not correct I'm told.
Eddie is in great shape I'm told and is having a blast on tour. Eddie has put in some amazing performances throughout the tour and one only has to check the 2004 Tour Forum at VHLinks.com to take in eyewitness accounts. He has been loose and relaxed and blowing fans away with his impromptu solos.

This has been a long tour, but my source says right now everyone is still having a blast and putting on the best shows possible, but they are all looking forward to a good rest after November 19. The 80 show tour has been the longest tour any of the guys have done in a decade.
The guys will be taking a break and 2005 plans are yet to be worked out, but as far as my source says, the guys definitely want to do this again and they want to continue working as a band. That includes singer Sammy Hagar.

Sammy of course got rumors rolling with his interview on KSHE a week or so back. But in his own words posted overnight: "...all these crazy rumors flying around cyberspace are that. Plain and simple, I never said I was quitting Van Halen. There has been no discussion as to when or where we're going to pick this show up on the road and do it all over again cause quite honestly, 80 shows since June 11. Wow, I'm bushed ...HA!
But baby, we are rockin'. The adrenalin in pumpin'. We're having a blast and you need to come check it out for yourself. If you ain't jacked when you get there, I guarantee you you'll be jacked when you leave."

My source says Sammy was quoted in some areas as saying Eddie has been drunk and that is just plain incorrect. And having listened the interview myself, I can back that up. Sammy, like everyone, is tired after a long tour and his comments from that interview have been skewered towards the negative. This line-up wants to continue working and looks forward to doing just that.
I also spoke to a good friend of mine Steve Lukather, who of course, is best buddies with Eddie. I asked Steve about the rumors and how Ed was feeling. He commented "I spoke to Ed a few nights ago and he sounded great! No bad news from his mouth… As far as he's concerned its all good."
We got talking about Ed's impact on music over the years, to which Steve added "If he never did anything after Van Halen 1 he would still go down as one of the greatest EVER! I also believe he still makes amazing music and is a close brother to me. So leave him the fuck alone!"

I know I speak for many out there, but I am just thrilled the band is back out there working and touring. There have been times over the past few years where we thought it might not happen. I started a guestbook for those wishing to send Eddie Van Halen get well messages and general words of encouragement when he faced his cancer scare.
Entries continue to be added to the tribute page, (Located Here), as proof of the guitarists continued popularity.
Let's hope a well earned rest is followed by an even bigger year in 2005, complete with a kick-ass new studio record.
 
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Thanks for the update Sucka
But I expected as much. It's good to see a fairly reputable source (at least in the public's eyes) finally put this shit into perspective. Everything with this band gets blown out of proportion, and it's good to see someone finally admit that maybe, just maybe, they jumped the gun...AGAIN.

Good news, and we can all look forward to a better and tighter Van Halen in 2005... STILL BACK BABY!!! OH YEAH... CAN YA FEEL THAT!!?!?? <evh51501008 dry humping the corner of his desk>
 

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More good news:

>THE WICHITA EAGLE
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>First rock concert? Gotta be Van Halen
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>The legendary rock band will perform for fans, old and new, Saturday at the
>Kansas Coliseum.
>BY TRAVIS HEYING, The Wichita Eagle
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>In the fall of 1980, my older brother, Craig, returned home from a trip to
>Rapid City, S.D. The next morning he spun tales of a wild experience from
>the night before.
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>It was his first rock 'n' roll concert.
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>There were explosions, he said. Loud guitars, gigantic drums and lots of
>girls. He was in sixth grade.
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>Six years later, when I was 13, Craig took me on that same trip to Rapid
>City to witness it for myself.
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>It was Van Halen.
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>I stood inside Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, wearing a new black concert
>T-shirt, and stared at the stage, too stunned to speak.
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>So when the members of Van Halen announced last spring that they were headed
>out on the road together for the first time in six years, my brother and I
>did what came naturally.
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>We loaded up his 7-year-old son, hauled him to Denver and made sure his
>first rock 'n' roll concert was Van Halen.
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>Standing on a chair to see, he wore a new Van Halen shirt and, like his
>uncle 18 years before, stood wide-eyed, too stunned to speak.
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>On Saturday, the legendary American rockers will bring their 25-year catalog
>of music to the Kansas Coliseum for generations of fans old and new.
>
>Known for their internal squabbling and singer-swapping as much as for their
>music, Van Halen set aside a nine-year war of words and egos with singer
>Sammy Hagar to return to the road.
>
>In July, the band released a two-disc greatest hits album featuring three
>new songs with Hagar at the helm.
>
>While on a tour stop in Calgary last week, drummer Alex Van Halen said in an
>interview that the diverse faces in the audiences on this tour are a
>testament to the band's longevity.
>
>"It means the music held up," he said. "It's probably one of the most
>rewarding aspects of making music."
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>The cliche says that rock 'n' roll is the elixir of youth. Like the Rolling
>Stones, Van Halen is clearly a case study in this theory.
>
>Singer Hagar, who replaced original vocalist David Lee Roth in 1985, turned
>57 last month.
>
>"That guy's made of cast iron," Alex Van Halen said.
>
>Guitarist Edward Van Halen has spent the previous four years battling tongue
>cancer. These days he jumps around on stage with an artificial hip.
>
>Alex Van Halen admitted that getting old is a fact of life.
>
>"At our age, you don't want to stop. Because if you stop, you might not get
>back up."
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>Speaking of stopping, the last date of the tour is Nov. 19 in Tucson.
>
>The buzz on radio and the Internet is again predicting the band's demise,
>saying internal tensions have taken their toll.
>
>Alex Van Halen tried to lay those rumors to rest.
>
>"Our disagreements are about our music," he said.
>
>The band plans to take a break after the tour and then enter the studio to
>begin work on a new album, he said.
>
>With Sammy Hagar on vocals?
>
>"With Sammy," he said
 

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Believe me, it is my pleasure. All this shit just echos the stuff I said on here weeks ago about a new studio album with Sam. It's gonna happen, it's just a question of when. I think a new album produced by Glen Ballard will really be pretty interesting.
 
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<evh51501008 still humpin' away>


More positive write ups... that's what I like to see!

Glad to also hear something positive directly from another member, as well.
 

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You just stay away from my leg Chad!
 

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Thanks for the update.
Why is it when I go to sleep and wake up the next day all the great shit been happening over night? This makes my day again just like when Sammy posted on his site. I am still chasing my wife BTW. And Chad....I am glad my desk is in Sydney! Desks of OHIO beware!
 

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awesome news...can't wait to see what happens next....lets get another album like 5150 out there...come on Ed, you know you wanna bust out the stinberger
 

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HHmm.. Sources sya close to the band Eddie is not drunk. Give me a break. I have seen him and he was drunk off his ass. What are the sources supposed to say?? New album? Maybe. With Sammy. Please no more up for breakfast songs. I do think learning to see was brilliant though. Do I think all is hugs and warm woodies in the VH camp?? Nope, but I think they will stay together. VhH is bigger with Sammy than with another singer. (I dont mean Dave. Dave would be much , much bigger). I have followed the band since VH 2 and I do pay attention to the news. I think Mike and Sammy are Buds and the SIsters hate em. But hey without em? Good luck on the Tuba Eddie.
 

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Read up People. Update:

THE GOOD VIBES CONTINUE TO FLOW FROM VAN HALEN:
Following my report from Friday, Alex Van Halen has been hitting the campaign trail, selling the concept of Van Halen for 2005. Good news for sure. The article from the Journal Gazette reads, in part, as follows:
"Van Halen is a volatile band, and drummer Alex Van Halen is the first to admit it. “We're volatile only to the extent that we're as good of friends as we are,” Van Halen says in a phone interview. “It's because we are so intense. It's part of our nature. As much as I love (brother and guitarist Eddie), if you put us in a room with no one else for 15 minutes, we'd be at each other's throats. But it's always about creative differences. Always. It's never personal.”
“Music is a dialogue. It's about an emotional reaction. We're very needy people, you know,” Alex Van Halen says, laughing.
Gary Cherone's short-lived stint as lead singer produced one of the worst albums of the band's career. Alex Van Halen has nothing bad to say about Cherone. “He was just the wrong choice. It's that simple. No harm, no foul,” Van Halen said. “Nobody sets out to make a bad record. I just think the chemistry was wrong. It was just one of those things.”
And the guys even touch on David Lee Roth: "Every time it looks as if Van Halen is about to take on a new or slightly used vocalist, there is always much speculation about whether the band's first frontman, David Lee Roth, will return.
Van Halen says Roth fans just need to accept the fact that Diamond Dave is history, at least as far as this group of guys is concerned. “I can say something comic, but let me preface that by saying, 'He needs meds.' I am very serious about that. It's that simple. It's not even his fault, really. Whatever our personal differences are, there are no bigger fans of this band than the people who are in this band. So we understand why people would love to see that sort of reunion. But that's just not going to happen. Some things are impossible. The Beatles will never get back together and David Lee Roth will never again sing with Van Halen.”
And the best news fans could wish for: Van Halen says the band is currently writing material that he believes is its best in a great while.
“I can't put it into words, unfortunately, but the stuff is absolutely brilliant,” he says. Alex Van Halen says the band has purged itself of angst over profits, pans and chart positions. Now it's just about the music. “When you leave the planet, you leave music behind. You don't leave behind box office scores or how many dollars changed hands. You come to the planet with nothing and you leave with nothing, so you'd better do some good while you are here.”

And at the same time - this from the Wichita Eagle in Kansas:
"Known for their internal squabbling and singer-swapping as much as for their music, Van Halen set aside a nine-year war of words and egos with singer Sammy Hagar to return to the road. In July, the band released a two-disc greatest hits album featuring three new songs with Hagar at the helm.
While on a tour stop in Calgary last week, drummer Alex Van Halen said in an interview that the diverse faces in the audiences on this tour are a testament to the band's longevity. "It means the music held up," he said. "It's probably one of the most rewarding aspects of making music."
The cliche says that rock 'n' roll is the elixir of youth. Like the Rolling Stones, Van Halen is clearly a case study in this theory.
Singer Hagar, who replaced original vocalist David Lee Roth in 1985, turned 57 last month. "That guy's made of cast iron," Alex Van Halen said.
Guitarist Edward Van Halen has spent the previous four years battling tongue cancer. These days he jumps around on stage with an artificial hip. Alex Van Halen admitted that getting old is a fact of life. "At our age, you don't want to stop. Because if you stop, you might not get back up."
Speaking of stopping, the last date of the tour is Nov. 19 in Tucson. The buzz on radio and the Internet is again predicting the band's demise, saying internal tensions have taken their toll. Alex Van Halen tried to lay those rumors to rest.
"Our disagreements are about our music," he said. The band plans to take a break after the tour and then enter the studio to begin work on a new album, he said. With Sammy Hagar on vocals? "With Sammy," he said

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Damn I have so much respect for these guys as well as other bands of their same age. I hope they never slow down because it looks my boys Judas Priest are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Thank God for this genre of music because for me, there is no other. My music (our music) is as essential for life as breathing. I love to get positive news like this.
 
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