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VAN HALEN will co-headline the inaugural edition of the Stone Music Festival at Sydney,

ANZ Stadium over the April 20-21 weekend.

A single-day ticket for the festival — which was inspired by the '70s cult biker film "Stone" — starts at AUD 179 and a weekend pass at AUD 319 and go on sale from noon on Thursday, February 21.

David Lee Roth recently gave a lengthly interview to Rolling Stone and says he wants co-founding bassist Michael Anthony back in VAN HALEN — among other things. Apart from the

Sydneyicon1.png appearance and a trio of Japanese shows in June, the band remains in a state of limbo. Last summer, VAN HALEN backed out of 31 North American dates, citing exhaustion, and then Eddie Van Halen was sidelined for four-to-six months after undergoing surgery for the inflammatory intestinal affliction diverticulitis.

Roth was pretty candid in the interview about the state of the band, especially on the prospect of coming up with some new songs, explaining, "I would certainly look forward to working with Ed on some new material, but we have yet to do that. Almost all of the music that you hear on our most recent album was written and demoed before the first album. . . I'm not sure what's in Ed's mind at this point. I'm gonna guess that his plans are to write with his son, and I'm not sure where that actually leads. But truth be told, Edward and I haven't written a new song in 20 years."

Roth went on to say that there is no game plan for VAN HALEN on the horizon. "There's nothing on the ticket as far as travel, and that's a disappointment, frankly," he said. "How long have I been back with the gang? Maybe six years, we'll say and we have yet to travel to Europe,

South Americaicon1.png, Japan, anywhere outside of those basic 50 cities in the United States. And again that's been a disappointment. We have an audience and we have a potential future in many, many places. . . And I don't know where the VAN HALEN future lies aside from the States. We'll always be able to play our hits — and keep in mind we have more hits than Beethoven, we have more hits than Tony Soprano — so getting onstage and playing that is glorious, and certainly getting onstage with the brothers will always be an excitement for me. But in terms of taking the music past where we found it, I'm not sure where that's going to go."

Roth touched upon the touchy subject of ousted bassist Michael Anthony replacing current bassist — and Eddie Van Halen's son —Wolfgang Van Halen, from here on out. "But Ed has his own vision, I'm assuming," he said. "We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band. Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo. . . what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever — that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in EARTH, WIND & FIRE, as identifiable as the high voice in the BEACH BOYS. VAN HALEN is an indelicate house blend of both — that's intentionally."

He went on to say that he's pitched some ideas to help light the creative spark for the band. "So I would always look forward to that reunion, and I would always look forward to writing a whole variety of material," he said. "I've offered the fellows, come on out here to the land of the gods. And if you don't want to make it that far we'll make it halfway — Konishiki(Roth's friend and former champion sumo wrestler) has said he'll lend me his house in Hawaii, Let's go woodshed. But so far there hasn't been any response, so hope and faith are not actual tactics and strategies — they're strippers from

During the press conference announcing their 2007 reunion dates David Lee Roth promised that VAN HALEN was truly a new band. "This is not a reunion, this is a new band," he said. "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 the ambition has nothing to do with old history. Usually when a band comes back like us it's rockers with walkers and this is everything but. Meet us in the future, not the pasture."

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Any fans of the band?

Seen them live on the reunion tour? (or before for that matter)

Fav album?

Fav Song?

Fav Member?

Discuss.

My feeling on Van Halen is lukewarm. They put out some decent stuff, but I don't believe they are in the same league as all the greats - Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, etc., etc. Many of the mid 80's/90's bands are better too - Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, to name a few.

Live? Never seen them live

Album? Women And Children First

Song? Don't have one

Member? Don't have one

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Better, how?

Van Halen - DLR version - went multi-platinum with every release from 1978-1984, 6 discs. EddieVan Halen one of the top-5 or so most influential guitarists ever. Then they changed singers and sold more, stayed relevant. Whether it sold or not, their recent release is an amazing disc, best 'comeback' disc heard in years - IMO. Which leads me to my last statement. If you don't have a favorite member (or at least a time period of the group) and you don't have a favorite song - why the hell would you write an opinion of the group?

Soundgarden, RHCP, Pearl Jam, c'mon man!

:huh:

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Any fans of the band?

Yes - Not like when I was younger, but still a fan

Seen them live on the reunion tour? (or before for that matter)

3 times -

Fair Warning - Boston Garden 1981

5150 Tour - Worcestor Centrum 1986

DLR Band - Worcestor Centrum 1986

Reunion - (Sort of ... no Michael Anthony) - Worcestor Centrum (now DCU Center) 2007

Fav album?

1st

Fav Song?

Top 5

Little Dreamer

Atomic Punk

You're No Good

Light Up The Sky

Somebody Get Me A Doctor

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Chase, thank you for the earlier post on the latest news.

Concerts:

1988

1992

2007

2012

Fav Disc: varies, but always come back to Fair Warning.

Fav Song(s):

Unchained

Everybody Wants Some!!!

Little Guitars

So This Is Love?

She's The Woman

Fav Band Member: Eddie

Huge fan back in the early 80's, fell out during the Hagar years, back in with the return of DLR still am with their latest release! :yesnod:

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Van Halen - DLR version - went multi-platinum with every release from 1978-1984, 6 discs. EddieVan Halen one of the top-5 or so most influential guitarists ever. Then they changed singers and sold more, stayed relevant. Whether it sold or not, their recent release is an amazing disc, best 'comeback' disc heard in years - IMO. Which leads me to my last statement. If you don't have a favorite member (or at least a time period of the group) and you don't have a favorite song - why the hell would you write an opinion of the group?

Soundgarden, RHCP, Pearl Jam, c'mon man!

:huh:

Yes Soundgarden, Pearl Jam & RHCP!

I do own everything up to & including 5150. The music of Van Halen is slightly better than BLAH for me - much of the stuff sounds the same. Not until Haggar arrive did their music expand.

My favorite period is form Women And Children First & Fair Warning. 5150 was good too.

I'm probably the only one in the world that thinks Van Halen's album 1984 sucks. Was never a fan of 1984 - Hot For Teacher, Panama, Jump? Lame!

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I agree with you, 1984 was their worst disc with Roth - so you are certainly not alone there. Never was a fan of Sammy in VH, but their sound did expand - for better or worse.

Did you listen to last year's release? Old ideas brought to new light - I really enjoyed that and still do on occasion.

To each his own, but I still believe they trump the 3 earlier mentioned bands, for a number of reasons...

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As far as 1984 goes,I always felt they left the fans short changed, and I blame that on Diver Down being half covers half originals. I thought it could've used 2 or 3 more songs.

Van Halen had planned to do something with the songs that wound up on A Different Kind of Truth years ago. The tribute band Atomic Punks were going to make an album out of most of those songs, but they were going to stick to the original versions. Van Halen's management prevented them from doing it. Now we know why...

It's cool to see Dave surfacing over the past few months and letting people know what's been going on, working with John 5 again, and Wolfgang out on the road with Mark Tremonti, before Alter Bridge regroup this year. I think Alter Bridge is going to get some renewed attention because of Myles with Slash last year (including the GNR Rock Hall induction) and Tremonti putting a kick ass solo album out.

What's always been funny to me is how Dave turned out to do far more experimental stuff than Van Halen had done. I do like parts of VHIII, but Ed was being an epic ass that year about the reunion falling through. All they had to do was the one tour and do whatever they wanted after that.

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Agree with everything you said there, dalsh327. I didn't know about the Atomic Punk trying to record those songs though.

Dave is the only one giving insight into the band at this point. I know it's a pipe dream to get back with the original 4, but glad to hear Dave is publicly pushing for it - however that might be a reason to push him back out again. What a saga they are.....

:peace:

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I know it's a pipe dream to get back with the original 4, but glad to hear Dave is publicly pushing for it - however that might be a reason to push him back out again. What a saga they are.....

If it weren't for the joy of performing with his son Eddie would probably elect to remain inactive. There is no way Wolfgang is getting replaced.

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If it weren't for the joy of performing with his son Eddie would probably elect to remain inactive. There is no way Wolfgang is getting replaced.

I agree Steve. It seems that is what keeps Eddie touring with the band at this point. Btw, Eddie's playing was fantastic when I saw them last year. His best solo I have witnessed in the 4 times I saw him perform. Thanks for your input SAJ.

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A 5 pc lineup would be a great solution .. Wolfgang can play Drums, Bass, Keyboards and Guitar..

Who knows? Wofgang might want to branch out.. Looks like he has with some of the projects he's been doing lately..

Also, a lot of people rag on the kid unfairly.. for being fat and in Van Halen... He must be a little fed up with it.

Michael Anthony could tell them to jump in a lake too...

He actually gets to play his Bass in Chickenfoot .. instead of riding 8th notes on the E string all the time .. like Ed always made him do.

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Saw VH 7 times. 5 times with David and twice with Sammy. EVERY time I saw them with David they just kicked serious butt, EVERY single time I saw them with Sammy they just didn't have that same energy nor that same VH sound. The 1st was their debut when they "warmed up" for Black Sabbath. Warmed up?? No, they blew Sabbath off the stage, and Sabbath was really good. The last was in 2007 with the reunion tour in Phoenix. That concert was a close 2nd with the 1st concert for sound and energy. I'm just curious as to why the band has not released a Blu Ray of the 07 reunion tour?!

Jeff

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I'm just curious as to why the band has not released a Blu Ray of the 07 reunion tour?! Jeff

If an attempt was made to properly record one or more of the shows it's possible it was an off-night for Eddie (and there were more than a few). The other thought that comes to mind is they may have felt releasing a live blu-ray/dvd would cut into ticket sales for the more recent tours.

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If an attempt was made to properly record one or more of the shows it's possible it was an off-night for Eddie (and there were more than a few).

Eddie's playing was much better this past tour than any of the other times I had seen him perform, so I get what you're saying Steve.

Sombrero, I completely agree with your statement about the energy! When I saw them in 07/08 the energy was much greater than this past time. Plus the set list was better too! When they performed songs off ...Truth, they seemed more energized - but overall there was not the same spark as when they came around with Dave/Wolfie the first time.

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Interesting numbers, Virgil. Proves my earlier point that VH is probably the biggest hard rock band since Zeppelin and to not give them their due, based purely on opinion, is idiotic.

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Dave is the only one giving insight into the band at this point. I know it's a pipe dream to get back with the original 4, but glad to hear Dave is publicly pushing for it - however that might be a reason to push him back out again. What a saga they are.....

:peace:

I think I read where Sammy had suggested the same thing in consideration of his good friend Michael Anthony and the fans.

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The latest I've read (in addition to that interview Dave did with Rolling Stone) is this brief article from Billboard where Wolfgang says VH is at work on new material. There's not a lot of details beyond that. I think it's admirable that Dave is standing up for Michael Anthony but I don't believe it's realistic at this point to think that he'd ever return to the band. If he pushes it too hard it could lead to the demise of VH (again).

So If both Dave and Sammy are standing up for Michael, what does that tell you about Eddie?

I thought Dave and Sammy didn't like each other much?

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I don't think it's any secret that Edward isn't exactly a saint. It was always assumed that Dave was the prima donna and the one most difficult to work with but when news of Roth returning to the band initially surfaced back in 1996 Edward (along with Alex) revealed himself to be an absolute asshole in interviews with MTV. What struck me as odd in the new Rolling Stone interview with Dave is that he's apparently buddy-buddy with Alex, whereas before, Alex always strongly aligned himself with Edward. It may just be Roth flapping his trap, there's really no way of knowing for sure.

I'm not sure how deep that runs. I know they evidently got along with each other well enough to tour together back in 2002. In subsequent interviews Hagar complained about how Dave was pretty much off-limits during the tour. Again, is there any real animosity there? It's hard to say. Hagar wrote a tell all type book that was published last year called Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock. I've never read it but in the one excerpt I saw, he didn't hold back at all when it came to dishing on Edward. I'm not sure how Roth fared in the book.

Very interesting information, thanks. I've seen a bunch of the interviews on youtube and I come off thinking that Eddie is an asshole, while Dave is just wacky.

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