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  posted on 9/21/2011 at 01:17 PM
From MelodicRock.com

VAN HALEN - COLUMBIA RUMORS FIRM UP - AND EUROPE IN MAY/JUNE:

A couple of small Van Halen updates for you today. First., the following article from The Hollywood Reporter (link):
"After 35 years at Warner Bros., the band has reportedly left for Sony. An insider tells THR that Columbia A&R executive Stephen Ferrera has been tasked with overseeing a new Van Halen album, its first with David Lee Roth since 1984.

The rumor mill is abuzz with talk of a new Van Halen album -- their first with original singer David Lee Roth since he left the band in 1985, the band's first since 1998's Van Halen III and the first to be released on a label other than Warner Bros. Records, where they spent the better part of 35 years.

Several reports cite that Sony-owned Columbia Records will be Van Halen's new label home, with new music due out in 2012. Indeed, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter, “Nothing has been signed yet, but Columbia has been in the lead for some time,” adding that A&R executive Stephen Ferrera has been tasked with overseeing the album.

Ferrera came to Columbia in June after spending three years at EVP of A&R at Island Def Jam, where he worked with such acts as Bon Jovi and Ne-Yo. Before that, he held a senior A&R role at RCA, where he worked with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
Producer-songwriter John Shanks (Michelle Branch, Melissa Etheridge) tweeted early this year that he was in the studio with the band and THR hears Ross Hogarth (Sick Puppies, John Mellencamp) recently finished mixing the album.

Van Halen's current line-up includes Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his son and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen.

A Columbia Records rep could not be reached for comment."


[Edited on 9/21/2011 by Chain]

 
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  posted on 9/24/2011 at 12:24 AM
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eddie trunk must smoke a lot of crack. van halen more influential than the who, the beatles, the rolling stones,cream or black sabbath?


That's funny.

I get what he means though but I think it was EVH that influenced maybe even more than the band as strange as that seems.

i hope the don't try and hold Dave back with lyrics like the tunes on the greatest hits. Dave needs to be a fool for it to work. If they let him loose, it will have more character which I found the Sammy VH lacked a bit.

I too could go on about III. Tones and playing styles that Eddie never used before. They didn't even really try for a hit as all the songs were too long.

the albums will come out for sure. already cash spent plus Eddie knows it is time to put something out.

Agree about Mike but that won't change. As for Wolfie, I would bet Eddie played bass on the album just as he did when Mike was in the band.

 

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  posted on 9/23/2011 at 10:58 PM
If the album comes out, and that's a big If, it will be interesting to hear what it sounds like. However, I will not go see the tour since Michael Anthony is not on bass anymore. Nothing against Wolfgang, but it's not the same without Mikey.
 

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  posted on 9/23/2011 at 06:34 PM
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eddie trunk must smoke a lot of crack. van halen more influential than the who, the beatles, the rolling stones,cream or black sabbath?


I kinda took in in the context of the type of music they played and how it influenced all the other " clone " type bands.


oh ok. then yeah i guess so

 

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  posted on 9/23/2011 at 08:57 AM
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Described to me as heavier than they have been in a while on some tracks with EVH firing off leads and going a little Whammy crazy at times much like the Women and Children First era.

A couple of other tunes as being potential hits. One guitar based and the other centered around the keyboards. The guitar one has a similar feel to Dance The Night Away. My buddy said the keyboard track not his style but admits it was pretty catchy.

EVH went back to his vault of demos to try and bring back some lost ideas. That could mean the well was dry or that he really wanted some of the old magic. The average song length is shorter than on III which tended to have longer songs. I personally liked the stretching out and not going for hits but .oh well.

Again I have heard nothing but trust my friend's taste and judgement completely. He has worked off and on with them for a long time and knows his way to tip toe around the VH brothers. Said not ground breaking stuff but kicks ass and should please some of the older fans.


Thanks for the comments, CanadianMule. For what it's worth, I also enjoyed the stretching out EVH did on VH III. While that album certainly has its issues, it was refreshing to hear a different side of the hit machine Van Halen had been up to that point. I hope there's a little of that "spirit" on this new album. Personally, I think this is their last go around and so it'd be nice to hear something like the early stuff that was not only hard, but also had that "swing" which I've always felt sort of made VH unique in the hallows of American made hard rock. And while I don' think EVH will ever have the impact he did in the early years, I'm looking forward to hearing what I've read is a sober Eddie with a bit of fire back in his playing. I'm also curious as to what lyrics a mid 50's DLR will deliver. While he's always been a ham, I've felt his lyrics in the early years where pretty interesting on some of the early VH stuff. Not necessarily the hit tunes, but some of the more obscure stuff. Quirky, smart-allecky, dark, even sinister at times. Some of that would be cool to hear again.

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  posted on 9/23/2011 at 08:51 AM
Wonder if they revisited the stuff they did with Roth when Micheal Anthony was still in the band back in 2000.

Either way, really looking forward to the new material.

 

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  posted on 9/23/2011 at 08:11 AM
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eddie trunk must smoke a lot of crack. van halen more influential than the who, the beatles, the rolling stones,cream or black sabbath?


I kinda took in in the context of the type of music they played and how it influenced all the other " clone " type bands.

 

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  posted on 9/23/2011 at 07:04 AM
eddie trunk must smoke a lot of crack. van halen more influential than the who, the beatles, the rolling stones,cream or black sabbath?
 

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  posted on 9/23/2011 at 06:44 AM
This is a quote from Eddie trunk on Van Halen , which is 100% dead on right!!

“Apart from Led Zeppelin, there is not a more influential band than Van Halen”

Yeah I did hear he went back through some of the older material.
I am not sure if Ed and the boys think they are or wanting to be big like early to mid 80's with this new release. Unfortunatley that era/style of music has waned, but hey you never know. Look what Santana did about 10yrs ago or so.

But I just want to hear some good time VH hard rock. I miss that from them.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwAgmnXgK7U


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  posted on 9/22/2011 at 03:16 PM
Described to me as heavier than they have been in a while on some tracks with EVH firing off leads and going a little Whammy crazy at times much like the Women and Children First era.

A couple of other tunes as being potential hits. One guitar based and the other centered around the keyboards. The guitar one has a similar feel to Dance The Night Away. My buddy said the keyboard track not his style but admits it was pretty catchy.

EVH went back to his vault of demos to try and bring back some lost ideas. That could mean the well was dry or that he really wanted some of the old magic. The average song length is shorter than on III which tended to have longer songs. I personally liked the stretching out and not going for hits but .oh well.

Again I have heard nothing but trust my friend's taste and judgement completely. He has worked off and on with them for a long time and knows his way to tip toe around the VH brothers. Said not ground breaking stuff but kicks ass and should please some of the older fans.

 

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  posted on 9/22/2011 at 07:17 AM
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The album has been done for a while. A buddy has heard some stuff and told me it was pretty good. I think it will be interesting to hear what Dave does with them again.


I've heard the album is done as well. Can you mention any more about the quality of the new material? While I have no interest in seeing them live, I am intrigued about what a new VH album circa 2011 would sound like. Any nuggets you can share would be most appreciated.

 

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  posted on 9/22/2011 at 12:21 AM
The album has been done for a while. A buddy has heard some stuff and told me it was pretty good. I think it will be interesting to hear what Dave does with them again.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2011 at 02:02 PM
I believe Ross Hogarth worked with Mule several years ago.
 
 


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