According to Billboard, Van Halen, along with Diamond David Lee Roth, are expected to sign a contract with Live Nation for a 40-date amphitheatre tour this summer. You heard right: The original sound of Van Halen will be offered for the ears of the young and old alike.
Van Halen last toured in 2004 with Sammy Hagar, which reaped $40 million. Despite the phenomenal success of that voyage, Hagar has since refused to join the band, declaring that, "I don't get along with Eddie anymore, and that's all there is to it." There seems to be a funny connection between working with Eddie Van Halen and not liking him afterward.
As for the ever-boasting David Lee Roth, 2007 is already more of a smashing success for him than 2006 was. It would be cruel of me to remind you again of his bewildering stint as a radio host and his CD release of Van Halen songs in bluegrass form, so I’m not going to. On top of landing the reunion gig, he and Van Halen have been invited to bask in the warm glow of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Roth has always been adamant about his desire to take part in a Van Halen reunion tour, saying last August: "I see it absolutely as an inevitability. To me, it's not rocket surgery. It's very simple to put together. And as far as hurt feelings and water under the dam, like what's-her-name says to what's-her-name at the end of the movie ' Chicago ' -- 'So what? It's showbiz!' So I definitely see it happening." It’s really going to be great just hearing him belt out classic Van Halen tunes instead of, you know, talking.
As we previously reported, Eddie Van tapped his 15-year-old son, Wolfgang, to play bass with the band. Sammy Hagar has deemed it necessary to share his doubts about the young pup playing with rock legends: "That's a lot of pressure for Wolfie. Just 'cause he's Eddie's son doesn't mean he can go out and play in arenas and perform and entertain an audience for two hours. I would love to see Eddie and Alex get behind Wolfie, with a kid of his age singing, and produce the record for him and help him launch a career. I'd rather see it go that way than come out and say 'Wolfie's the bass player in Van Halen and maybe singing, too.' Van Halen's got way too much history to have that put on him."
All Wolf uncertainty aside, this is great news for all fans of classic rock. Supposedly Eddie was the only thing holding up this tour, so thanks to him for noticing the thirst in people for some live, nostalgic rock. And yes, he will have quite a deposit to make into his account when all is said and done, thus making the time spent with Roth seem worth it.
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