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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 06:57 AM
http://www.eddietrunk.com/index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/431640/pid/400512

The first photo of the members of Van Halen and their new partners at the Interscope label has been released, reports blabbermouth.net.


Van Halen reportedly backed out of their deal with Columbia Records, according to The Hollywood Reporter, because of singer David Lee Roth. Roth, who has separate management, legal representation and accountants from the rest of the band, apparently wanted to sign with a label based on the West Coast.


A source said, "He was never on board (with Columbia). It was as complicated as anyone would imagine, when one side says black, the other says white. The label was pretty skeptical that things would work out."


Interscope and its parent company Universal Music stepped in "at the 11th hour." While Columbia's main operation is located in New York, Interscope is based in Los Angeles and presented the band with "a global plan that included extensive marketing, merchandising, touring and, of course, recordings."


The rest of Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen wanted to keep Roth happy as well. He rejoined the group in 2007 after 23 years apart.


The deal was finalized this week and marks the first time Van Halen has recorded away from Warner Bros. Records, which signed the group in 1977.


The new CD, its first with Roth since 1984 was released on the last day of 1983, will reportedly come out in 2012, possibly in February.


Although it's been strongly hinted that the group will make a "special announcement" on November 30th at the Grammy Awards nominations concert, a source told Rolling Stone magazine that the band's appearance was not happening. Reps for the Grammy Awards have not commented.


Captured at an undisclosed venue in Los Angeles, are (left to right) Alex Van Halen; Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie Van Halen; Jimmy Iovine, Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Irving Azoff, Executive Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and Chairman and CEO of the Front Line Management Group; Steve Berman, Vice Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records; David Lee Roth; and Jim Urie, President and CEO, Universal Music Group Distribution



[Edited on 11/22/2011 by jszfunk]

http://www.eddietrunk.com/index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/431676/pid/400512
Andy Greene of Rolling Stone spoke with Chickenfoot lead singer Sammy Hagar about his former band Van Halen. The interview appears in its entirety below.

RS: We're hearing that Van Halen signed to Interscope this week.


SH: What? VH? Van Halen? I don't think . . . How long has it been since they did a record? And that last one doesn't count. You have to go back to 1995. For them to take that long to make a record, I don't think it's ever going to happen. If it does, it better be good. Oh man. It actually might be. I'm not dogging them. I don't understand why they couldn't do something by now. [Laughs] Though I kind of do understand.


RS: This seems legit. I think they actually, for real, signed to Interscope.


SH: I thought they signed to Sony. Hmmm . . . Interesting. I'll be the first guy waiting in line at the record store, if I could find one anymore. I'll be really curious. I think they owe the fans that. I would love to see them make a great record. They have some of the most loyal fans in rock, and they've been treated so, so bad these last 20 years. I'm a real fan friendly guy.


RS: The fans aren't too happy that they threw Michael Anthony out of the band.


SH: It didn't bother me when they threw me out. I'm a solo artist. I can start a new band. But Mike? He's the most loyal guy, and the best bass player in the world and the best background singer on the planet. His vocal sound is as much a part of Van Halen as anyone's. When they threw him out, I just thought "WHY? This is so wrong. This is so damned wrong!" Then to go back to Dave, FINALLY but they threw Mike out first. Once again, it's not a fan friendly band. Eddie could have played a solo album with Wolfie. He could have produced it and gone on tour and played theaters with him. He could have done so many different things. He did not have to make Wolfie the bass player in Van Halen.


RS: I find it interesting that David Lee Roth has barely made a peep in public since he rejoined the band. Before that, he wasn't exactly a press shy guy.


SH: Yeah, this isn't very Dave-like. Obviously, he's trying to make it work. Look, I've been there. It's not an easy camp. It's gotten crazier and wackier, every day. I think that Dave has just learned that if he wants to make it work, he needs to shut up and hang in there and do what he can, and do what they say. It's a very strange situation.


Look, back in the day, Dave was the boss. He was running the damn show. When I came in, I was the boss. I was running the show, but I didn't want that job. It was always, "Well, what do you guys want to do?" They'd be like, "I don't know. What do you want to do?" Then all of a sudden, it became this wicked, freaking dictatorship and nothing has happened since.


RS: I think nothing would be more fascinating than a Some Kind of Monster-style documentary about the making of this new record. Can you even imagine?


SH: I'd be curious to be a fly on that wall. I heard this record is old outtakes from the old days. I mean, stuff from before I even joined the band. I heard this five years ago though. Michael Anthony was curious if his background vocals would wind up on the album. I don't think it's a bad idea. It's kind of interesting. Bob Seger did it, and so did the Rolling Stones. I think it's an interesting thing to do in your old age if you can't come up with fresh, good stuff or you can't get along. Because from what I heard, they aren't working with new material. Ed and Dave didn't actually write new songs. They took old stuff from previous sessions, and then maybe Dave had to go in and add vocals because they just had scat vocals, or even no vocal part at all.


RS: That's bizarre, because in the few interviews that he does, Ed is always talking about how many great new guitar parts he's written.


SH: Ed talks really weird about all that stuff recently. He goes, "I have all this music! So much music . . . " Well, they really aren't songs [laughs]. They're really not. It was always easy for me to write songs with Ed. He had all these parts, and I had these ideas. I'd be like, "Oh, go to B over there for a bridge write a bridge, Ed." He'd do it, and it would be some bad ass **** . But it wasn't like he wrote instrumentals and I just had to write lyrics over them, like I do now with Joe Satriani. Joe writes friggin' instrumentals. Ed doesn't have any songs. I'm sorry. I love the guy's guitar stuff, but play me a song, will you?







[Edited on 11/22/2011 by jszfunk]

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 07:27 AM
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David Lee Roth. Roth, who has separate management, legal representation and accountants from the rest of the band, apparently wanted to sign with a label based on the West Coast


A trainwreck in the making. I am afraid this wont last long.

Still same Ol Dave

Although, I have never seen them with Dave, so I do hope this works out.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 09:46 AM
Agreed Wharfy. I think VH should just call it a day and everyone move on and do their thing. I'm sure the band members have plenty of money to not sweat the day-to-day stuff.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 10:34 AM
It lasted for a tour and the recording of an album. Longer than most gave them to begin with.

Look forward to it. Any act with both VH brothers would be considered VH so playing as something else makes no sense and too talented to just sit and do nothing.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 11:56 AM
I for one am looking forward to hearing this new material. What can I say, I'm curious what EVH sounds like these days.

I'm also curios if this is a multi-album deal. Any idea Canadian?

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 12:52 PM
Don't quote me but I believe it is one studio and an option for a live DVD/CD. Who knows it may be a chance or a few live covers to bulk up material or a release like they did with Sammy after the 1st album with him.

As for Dave, I would want my own manager too. VH's management might be a bit biased in favor of the VH boys. that would be the interesting contract to see.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 01:46 PM
Thanks for the info., Canadian. I think one album and a final tour would be a good way to wrap up their career. Too bad Michael Anthony couldn't be a part of this last hurrah (if indeed that's what it is).
 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 02:09 PM
Sorry, but I'm still so upset about how the gave Michael Anthony the shaft that I will probably not buy the new disc or pay good money to go see them live. It's been 30 years since the last time, anyway, and I thought DLR was a clown then. I regret not ever having seen them live with Sammy.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 02:50 PM
I saw them on the 5150 tour in 1986, at the Worcester Centrum, with
Bachmann Turner Overdrive opening up. That was a GREAT show.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 03:29 PM
I saw the 1984 Tour, 5150 (w/BTO opener), OU812 and the reunion tour with DLR a few years ago. The OU812 tour was interesting because they had dumped Jump and Eddie only played keys on 1 song I believe. It rocked. 1984 (minus the cheezy synth on a couple songs) was dynamite. I would have really loved to have seen them a couple years before that though.

The playing at the reunion gig was solid but the PA/Sound system were terrible. They changed sound guys almost immediately afterward. When they returned to Atlanta for another show at the Gwinnett Arena, the sound was apparently much better.

I can't wait to hear the music and I'd see them on tour again. I learned a long time ago as an Allman Brothers fan to appreciate who is on stage, and not be hung up on who isn't.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 03:49 PM
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I saw the 1984 Tour, 5150 (w/BTO opener), OU812 and the reunion tour with DLR a few years ago. The OU812 tour was interesting because they had dumped Jump and Eddie only played keys on 1 song I believe. It rocked. 1984 (minus the cheezy synth on a couple songs) was dynamite. I would have really loved to have seen them a couple years before that though.

The playing at the reunion gig was solid but the PA/Sound system were terrible. They changed sound guys almost immediately afterward. When they returned to Atlanta for another show at the Gwinnett Arena, the sound was apparently much better.

I can't wait to hear the music and I'd see them on tour again. I learned a long time ago as an Allman Brothers fan to appreciate who is on stage, and not be hung up on who isn't.
Tim, while I appreciate what you're saying, it's not the fact that MA isn't there, it's HOW he's not there. Hell, they tried to remove him from their history and album covers. I've never really been opposed to nepotism, but this is ridiculous...LOL

 

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  posted on 11/22/2011 at 06:06 PM
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David Lee Roth. Roth, who has separate management, legal representation and accountants from the rest of the band, apparently wanted to sign with a label based on the West Coast


A trainwreck in the making. I am afraid this wont last long.

Still same Ol Dave

Although, I have never seen them with Dave, so I do hope this works out.


Didn't even need to read the article to tell this, because the picture tells it all. DLR is standing 4 positions away from the other guys in the band. Pretty easy to tell, if you ask me.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 07:34 AM
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David Lee Roth. Roth, who has separate management, legal representation and accountants from the rest of the band, apparently wanted to sign with a label based on the West Coast


A trainwreck in the making. I am afraid this wont last long.

Still same Ol Dave

Although, I have never seen them with Dave, so I do hope this works out.


Didn't even need to read the article to tell this, because the picture tells it all. DLR is standing 4 positions away from the other guys in the band. Pretty easy to tell, if you ask me.


I do not know anyting when it comes to the record business, and I know it happens
when each or some members of a band have there own "manager/people." To me that does not seem very "band like" and could cause and effect friction,tension,band cohesion and etc... and it seems like the music and/ or group would suffer in the end.

It's a shame things have to be that way. I guess things are maybe better or seem to be
when a band first starts out, young hungry,all in the same groove ,brothers and etc,they seem to thrive more as a unit before all the suits,corps and whoever start coming in.

I love VH just as much as anyone and this will be interesting to see and hear what they can do musically. Sam seemed kinda rough on Ed when he was talking in the last paragraph about writing a song and using old material. Thought provking statements.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 07:53 AM
sammy is a little harsh but its true. the 3 new tunes on the 2004 compilation were musically old ideas. the music to 2 songs were from the aborted 2nd gary chrerone album and the 3rd song was music from the 1996 DLR sessions that produced "me wise magic" and "can't get this stuff"
 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 10:34 AM
Sammy goes from being "surprised" when intervieiwer mentions Van Halen signs a record deal to being a no all ghuru in the end of it ? That is odd..

 

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  posted on 11/23/2011 at 02:52 PM
I didn't think he was harsh at all. I thought he had a good attitude about it all.
 
 


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