Original Van Halen bassist Mark Stone has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. Stone performed alongside Eddie and Alex Van Halen in pre-Van Halen bands Genesis and Mammoth and was a member of Van Halen from 1972 to 1974. His brother Brad Stone issued a brief statement: “My beloved brother Mark passed this morning. #markstone #vanhalen #fanhalen”.
After David Lee Roth exited Van Halen in 1985, Eddie Van Halen invited Scandal’s Patty Smyth to join the band. However, Smyth ended up declining the invitation. Now, during a recent interview with Stereogum, she revealed that her decision was related to the group’s drinking habits and the fact that she didn’t want to move to Los Angeles.
Smyth said the following:
“They were heavy drinkers. I don’t drink. I never saw myself living in L.A. I was, like, ‘I’m from New York. We don’t move to L.A.’
It’s all semantics because if [Eddie] had said to me, ‘Let’s make a record,’ then I would have said yes to that. But joining the band — to me then, ‘Oh god, they fight all the time, him and his brother, and I don’t want to get into a volatile situation.’ And I was probably heavily hormoned out because I was eight months pregnant, so there was a state of mind that I was in of how I need to take care of myself. But I regretted turning him down. For a long time, I regretted it. When you start to have regrets, I was, like, ‘Oh, man. I would’ve made so much money.'”
She continued after being asked if her negative experiences in Scandal influenced her decision:
“Yeah, that definitely has something to do with it. I’m sure. And also just the fact that it was, like, ‘I’m going to have to move to L.A.’ I should have just had the conversation [with Eddie]. It was such a weird conversation. But if he had said to me, ‘Look, just come out for a few months and make a record. Have the baby, come out and let’s make a record.’ That to me would’ve been more doable.
And I never said anything about it for years. I got a call from Ed, and he was, like, ‘Look, I’m not saying that I asked you to join because I don’t want Sammy Hagar to look like [he was] second choice,’ and I was, like, ‘Okay.’ So I never spoke about it after that. I’m, like, all right I don’t need to tell people. If someone asked me, I didn’t lie but I didn’t really talk about it that much.”
As previously reported, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth recently said that he doesn’t know if Eddie Van Halen will ever tour again. The guitarist is rumored to be battling throat cancer and Roth said he doubts that he will want to “rally for the rigors of the road.” However, after the story was posted on Loudwire‘s Instagram account, Eddie’s son, Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, offered the following comment: “Yeah I don’t really think that’s up for him to decide.” So at this point, we will just have to wait and see what happens.
During an interview with The New York Times, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth said he doesn’t know if Eddie Van Halen will tour again. The guitarist is rumored to be battling throat cancer and Roth says he is unsure if he will ever want to “rally for the rigors of the road.” Here’s Roth’s full statement:
“I don’t know that Eddie is ever really going to rally for the rigors of the road again. I don’t even want to say I’ve waited — I’ve supported for five years. Because what I do is physical as well as musical and spiritual — you can’t take five years off from the ring. But I did. And I do not regret a second of it. He’s a band mate. We had a colleague down. And he’s down now for enough time that I don’t know that he’s going to be coming back out on the road. You want to hear the classics? You’re talking to him.”
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Sammy Hagar talked about the possibility of a Van Halen reunion. The singer said he has no inside information about a possible reunion, but he did add that he thinks it will happen one day
Hagar said the following:
“I foresee it happening. I’m not trying to plant a seed like I know something is happening. I know nothing. I just know what I know in my heart and my head, which is that it has to happen. Whether it’s Sam and Dave or not, I don’t know that either. But I know that Eddie and I are not done. If enough water goes under the bridge before we die, it’ll happen. It has to. God is going to slap us both around if he has to.”
The frontman, who hasn’t spoken to Eddie Van Halen since 2004, also added that he doesn’t agree with David Lee Roth’s recent comments in which he claimed that the band was “finished”:
“Until Ed or Alex Van Halen die, they’re not finished. Those are two great musicians that can friggin’ do as good as most people at half-mast. As a drummer and as a guitarist and creative person, Eddie, I can’t see them ever being finished. I wish they were more active, but I think Van Halen will never be finished.
If they want to get it together, they just have to call Dave or have to call Sammy. They can go out with Wolfie as a trio, but that’s not the legacy of Van Halen. I think they know that. I’m not predicting what’s going to happen, but I would tell you if there’s concerts next year, Van Halen will probably be on tour next year.”
Eddie Van Halen has reportedly been battling throat cancer and David Lee Roth has since told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the guitarist is “not doing well.” The singer made the comment while discussing his decision to relaunch his solo career:
“Ed’s not doing well, and singing and dancing is a perishable skill. If you have the capacity, it’s something that has to be used routinely, if not for the thrill of it and the magic of creating with other incandescent spirits.”
According to TMZ, Eddie Van Halen has been released from the hospital after being admitted for complications related to his treatments for throat cancer. Sources close to the guitarist reportedly told the site that he was having intestinal issues and abdominal pain after having a reaction to the drugs. He was released on Sunday and is believed to be doing fine.
Van Halen have announced that they will be releasing a new 7″ vinyl set set, titled “The Japanese Singles 1978-1984,” on November 1. The set, which can be pre-ordered HERE, will feature 13 singles that were released in Japan between 1978 and 1984.
The following description was shared on Rhino.com:
Van Halen released 13 singles in Japan between 1978 and 1984 that are collected in this new 7” vinyl set. Each replica single features the original sleeve artwork and comes housed in a cigarette-style box.
THE JAPANESE SINGLES 1978-1984 encompasses the first six albums released by Van Halen, which featured guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, singer David Lee Roth, and bassist Michael Anthony. Those albums include the band’s self-titled debut and 1984, which were both certified Diamond for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million. This rare feat places them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees.
The original album version of each song is featured in this set except for: “Hot For Teacher,” which has a unique single edit that was issued exclusively in Japan; along with the single edit versions of “(Oh) Pretty Woman” and “I’ll Wait.”
THE JAPANESE SINGLES 1978-1984 opens with a trio of singles from Van Halen (1978): “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love,” “On Fire” and a blistering cover of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” which was the band’s first single and first Top 40 hit. The band’s 1979 follow-up Van Halen II (certified 5x platinum) generated two singles on the collection: “Somebody Get Me A Doctor” and “Dance The Night Away.”
The multi-platinum albums Women and Children First (1980) and Fair Warning (1981) are represented by “And The Cradle Will Rock” and “Unchained” respectively. The 1982 album Diver Down (certified 4x platinum) contributes two singles: “(Oh) Pretty Woman” and “Dancing In The Street.” THE JAPANESE SINGLES 1978-1984 concludes with “I’ll Wait,” “Panama,” “Hot For Teacher” and the #1 smash “Jump” – all from VAN HALEN’s seminal album, 1984.
“The Japanese Singles 1978-1984” Track Listing:
A. “You Really Got Me”
B. “Atomic Punk”
A. “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”
B. “Runnin’ With The Devil”
A. “On Fire”
B. “Jamie’s Cryin'”
A. “Dance The Night Away”
B. “Spanish Fly”
A. “Somebody Get Me Doctor”
B. “Women In Love”
A. “And The Cradle Will Rock”
B. “Could This Be Magic?”
B. “So This Is Love?”
A. “(Oh) Pretty Woman”
B. “Happy Trails”
A. “Dancing In The Street”
B. “The Full Bug”
B. “House Of Pain”
A. “I’ll Wait”
B. “Girl Gone Bad”
B. “Drop Dead Legs”
A. “Hot For Teacher”
B. “Little Dreamer”
Eddie Van Halen attended Tool’s October 21 show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA and a Tool fan, who apparently had no idea who he was, asked him to take a photo of him standing in front of the stage. Eddie’s son Wolfgang shared the amusing story on Instagram:
“A guy asked my dad if he could take a picture of him with the stage behind him, having no idea who he just asked, and that was my favorite moment from the #Tool show last night.”
This news comes after reports recently surfaced and seemed to suggest that Eddie is battling throat cancer.
According to TMZ, Eddie Van Halen has been battling throat cancer. The legendary guitarist has reportedly been flying back and forth between the U.S. and Germany to receive treatment for five years. The article goes on to say that Eddie believes the disease was possibly caused by a metal guitar pick that he used to put in his mouth. However, Dr. Tom Micklewright, the medical officer at Push Doctor, told Insider that copper and the metals found in brass are not considered carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Eddie was previously treated for tongue cancer in 2000 and had to have a third of his tongue removed. TMZ reports that there were also times when cancer cells moved to his throat and had to be scrapped out. Treatment has reportedly kept the disease in check, but his current condition is unknown. However, some people who know Eddie believe he is doing okay. This news comes after Toto’s Steve Lukather recently claimed that Van Halen are on hiatus due to “health issues.”