Michael Anthony On The Possibility Of A Van Halen Tribute Show: “It All Really Hinges Upon Alex Van Halen”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Michael Anthony discussed the possibility of a Van Halen tribute show. According to him, the idea “all really hinges upon Alex [Van Halen].”

Anthony said the following:

“I haven’t spoken to him in a little while, but I have spoken with Alex on occasion. And for the most part, we don’t even speak that much about music — more about just family, how we’re doing and stuff like that. I know it still pains him a lot as far as Eddie [Van Halen; late VAN HALEN guitarist and Alex’s brother] goes and will probably for the rest of his life. But I spoke with him and Dave last year about a possible something, but Dave just starts going [talking really fast] And I’m, like, ‘Okay.’ And we basically just had kind of a conference call about having a conference call to discuss it, and then that other call didn’t happen for whatever reason on their end. I told them that I’d obviously be interested. And it would be more like a celebration of the music rather than putting together something and calling it VAN HALEN because that just wouldn’t be right at this point.”

He continued when asked about ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted making headlines for saying he was approached about taking part in a Van Halen tribute tour with Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani:

“That’s the first that I’d even heard about anything like that. And it was kind of interesting because he said he spoke to [Dave and Alex] about a year ago, and that’s about the time I was speaking with them. So I don’t know. I’m gonna have to call Jason and ask him. [Laughs]”

He also added the following when asked about David Lee Roth saying that two musicians would be required “for every position”:

“I was kind of thinking along those lines also, but then one thing made me kind of change my mind and make me think, ‘Well, Dave’s just kind of being Dave,’ and maybe he’s just saying that it would take at least two people to be able to duplicate what one person in this band did, and the reason I thought of that was all of a sudden he brought up the name Pink. He was saying that Pink would have to be one of the David Lee Roth characters, or singers, and I’m, like, ‘Huh.’ That just sounded a little too ‘Dave’ to me.

But I don’t know. At this point, I’ve gotta tell you, I don’t know if anything will ever happen. ‘Cause Alex is — he’s really hurting. Him and Edward were so close on all levels — musical levels and personally and whatever. It just seems to me like it might be really hard for Alex to even enter into something to bring back all those memories. I don’t know. I could be wrong. I’m the guy that always says, ‘Never say never.'”

Anthony went on to say a single show would be more likely than a tour:

“What was being talked about was not actually doing a tour. You take something like this on tour and people are gonna think it’s a cashgrab. I’d rather have something, like a memorial-type thing, done at a venue. And there were actually a couple of venues discussed. But do it that way instead of taking it on the road. And make it just a real celebration of the music…

I actually would not be up for doing a tour right off the bat. I think holding a celebration of Eddie and the music and the whole VAN HALEN legacy is great. And let’s face it — none of us need the money. I don’t need the money. I’d rather take the money and throw it in a charity.”

“I think it all really hinges upon Alex. And he’s gotta be the person, really, that wants to do this and give his blessing to the whole thing for it to move forward. And like I said, when we speak, we really don’t even speak about doing anything like that at this point. He’s still healing. And if it gets to that point, I’m sure Alex will be the first one that’ll wanna do something like that.”

Anthony also confirmed that there has been no bad blood between him and Alex and Dave:

“Not at all. I only spoke to Dave that one conversation we had last year and I couldn’t hardly get a word in edgewise, which is… that’s typical Dave. But I have spoken to Alex on occasion, and it’s great. We’ll speak for, like, 45 minutes, an hour. And probably about the first 20 minutes is Alex, sometimes he’ll vent to me a bit about all the circumstances around how everything happened with Eddie. But we basically just talk about family and we actually bring up some of the old times on the road, to lighten things up a bit.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Van Halen’s David Lee Roth: “I’m Only In The Middle Of My First Retirement”

It looks like David Lee Roth (Van Halen) is rethinking his retirement plans. The frontman told Fox News the following when asked if he will be returning to the road:

“There’s always a tomorrow for a singer, not so much for a trombone player these days. How many times did Rocky retire? Seven. I think No. 3 was my favorite? How many times did Rambo have to come out of retirement in order to make the sequel?”

He also added the following when asked about the previous reports of a Van Halen tribute tour:

“Ya, I wrote the songs … I was the one who named the band. I’m only in the middle of my first retirement.”

David Lee Roth Comments On Potential Van Halen Tribute Tour

As previously reported, Joe Satriani recently confirmed that he was in talks about doing a Van Halen tribute tour with Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The guitarist made the comment after Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) revealed that he was also approached about taking part in the project. Now, Roth has shared his thoughts on the idea in a statement issued to Van Halen News Desk:


Joe Satriani Confirms He’s “Been Talking With Alex Van Halen And David Lee Roth” About A Van Halen Tribute Tour

During a recent appearance on “Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen,” Joe Satriani confirmed that he was in talks about doing a Van Halen tribute tour with Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. This news comes after Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) previously revealed that he was approached about taking part in the project.

Satriani said the following:

“I’ve been talking with Alex and Dave for about a year about doing something — a tour, something like that — that was gonna be a true tribute to Eddie [Van Halen] and the VAN HALEN legacy.

For me, it was a terrifying prospect of doing something like that, but I realized that it was something that would be a real labor of love for me. I was just so honored to take on the challenge.

It’s very complicated. And all I can really say about it is that if it does happen, I know we’ll make it the greatest thing ever for the fans and we’ll all celebrate together not only the great Eddie Van Halen but the legacy that that band created, the amazing amount of music and the goodwill and good vibes they created as a band.”

The guitarist went on to say that he was surprised Newsted broke the news about the project:

“These things are always happening in the music industry, and you’re supposed to keep very quiet about it [laughs], because sometimes they don’t work out. There’s usually about 10 crazy ideas that float around and musicians are always, like, ‘Okay, I won’t say anything about this ’cause it may not work out. I don’t wanna hurt this person’s feelings or disrupt any other business plans.’ So, yeah, we were all pretty shocked that Jason wanted to go public with it ’cause we were all sworn to silence. [Laughs]”

He also added:

“I have to say that just getting to know Alex has been really wonderful. He’s a great human being, and, obviously, I can’t imagine losing a brother that way, so soon. And they were really close; their relationship was really quite unique.

I don’t know Dave that well. I think I’ve only met him once — maybe when Steve [Vai] invited us to see the David Lee Roth tour. I was in Australia with Mick Jagger at the time, so we all went; it was quite an experience. But, yeah, I’ve only spoken to Dave on the phone a number of times over the last — I don’t know — 25 years or so. But he’s David Lee Roth; they’re VAN HALEN. It’s a big deal.

Like I said before, if it ever does happen, it will be a great honor and a terrifying challenge. Eddie, you can’t reproduce what he did — you can’t. You can learn the notes and you can be taught all the fingerings and get the gear and everything, but there was only one Eddie and he was the epitome of an original genius. But if it does happen, I know that Alex will make sure that it’s the right way to do it.”

Satriani also compared the project to Chickenfoot, which finds him joined by ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony:

“I looked at it from a musical point of view. I spent most of my life trying to memorize my own catalog — there are a lot of notes to memorize and to pull off a show and to stay focused on it. So every time something like this comes up, like CHICKENFOOT, it’s, like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta make space in my brain for a whole other way of playing.’ The great thing is when you get together with the guys in CHICKENFOOT, their personalities are so huge and they bring so much talent that you don’t really have to be so big; you just be a part of something.

But the thought of representing all the eras of VAN HALEN, that’s pretty daunting; that’s a lot of stuff. And just from a guitar player’s point of view, Eddie progressed remarkably as a player and as an inventor, and those two things, they kind of went together from ‘Van Halen I’ all the way to the last album. And when you sit down to actually learn it and pull it off, you go, ‘Wow! Not only do I need talent but I need [to use specific] gear,’ ’cause certain things won’t work unless you’ve got this amp and it’s doing that. So that’s also another thing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jason Newsted Says Alex Van Halen Approached Him And Joe Satriani About A Possible Van Halen Tribute Tour

During an interview with The Palm Beach Post, Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) revealed that Alex Van Halen approached him and Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot) about doing a Van Halen tribute tour. The bassist went on to say that he agreed to jam with the drummer and guitarist in California, but he didn’t think they could honor the Van Halen legacy:

“How could you? There’s nobody that can top it, so how do you show it honor? I didn’t want it to be viewed as a money grab. And then it kind of just all fizzled.”

Van Halen To Be Honored With Stage Named After Them At New Pasadena Park

According to KABC, Van Halen are set to be honored with a stage named after them at a new park in Pasadena, CA. The park, which was initially going to be named after science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler before receiving the name Playhouse Village Park, is being built at 701 East Union Street between El Molino and Oak Knoll avenues. It is expected to be finished this summer.

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Eddie Van Halen Memorial Plaque Unveiled In Pasadena, CA

A memorial plaque honoring the late great Eddie Van Halen was unveiled near the Convention Center in Pasadena, CA earlier today (October 11). The ceremony was attended by the city’s mayor Victor Gordo and council members Tyrone Hampton, Andy Wilson, Gene Masuda, and Felicia Williams. The plaque was donated by Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, who raised the money for it through GoFundMe. Williams told Pasadena Now the following:

“This event brings together history and community to celebrate a world-renowned artist. It’s not just the history of Eddie as a guitar legend, but also the challenges he faced growing up mixed race in Pasadena, which always spoke to me. And the community support and initiative to make this happen is inspiring. Thank you to everyone.”

Eddie Van Halen’s Son, Widow, And Former Bandmates Pay Tribute To The Legendary Guitarist On The First Anniversary Of His Death

It’s officially been one year since the world lost Eddie Van Halen. To mark the sad occasion, his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, his widow, Janie Van Halen, and two of his former bandmates, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, have all shared new tributes for the legendary guitarist. You can find those below:

Wolfgang Van Halen:

Janie Van Halen:

Sammy Hagar:

Michael Anthony:

“Eruption: Conversations” Book To Tell Eddie Van Halen’s Story In His Own Words

Music journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill will be releasing a new book, titled “Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen,” on October 5 via Hachette Books. The effort will tell the legendary guitarist’s story in his own words. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Get a completely new look at guitar legend Eddie Van Halen with this groundbreaking oral history, composed of more than fifty hours of interviews with Eddie himself as well as his family, friends, and colleagues.

When rock legend Eddie Van Halen died of cancer on October 6, 2020, the entire world seemed to stop and grieve. Since his band Van Halen burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album in 1978, Eddie had been hailed as an icon not only to fans of rock music and heavy metal, but to performers across all genres and around the world. Van Halen’s debut sounded unlike anything that listeners had heard before and remains a quintessential rock album of the era.

Over the course of more than four decades, Eddie gained renown for his innovative guitar playing, and particularly for popularizing the tapping guitar solo technique. Unfortunately for Eddie and his legions of fans, he died before he was ever able to put his life down to paper in his own words, and much of his compelling backstory has remained elusive—until now.

In Eruption, music journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill share with fans, new and old alike, a candid, compulsively readable, and definitive oral history of the most influential rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix. It is based on more than 50+ hours of unreleased interviews they recorded with Eddie Van Halen over the years, most of them conducted at the legendary 5150 studios at Ed’s home in Los Angeles. The heart of Eruption is drawn from these intimate and wide-ranging talks, as well as conversations with family, friends, and colleagues.

In addition to discussing his greatest triumphs as a groundbreaking musician, including an unprecedented dive into Van Halen’s masterpiece 1984, the book also takes an unflinching look at Edward’s early struggles as young Dutch immigrant unable to speak the English language, which resulted in lifelong issues with social anxiety and substance abuse. Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen also examines his brilliance as an inventor who changed the face of guitar manufacturing.

As entertaining as it is revealing, Eruption is the closest readers will ever get to hearing Eddie’s side of the story when it comes to his extraordinary life.”