Van Halen To Release “The Japanese Singles 1978-1984” In November

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:

Disc One:

A. “You Really Got Me”
B. “Atomic Punk”

Disc Two:

A. “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”
B. “Runnin’ With The Devil”

Disc Three:

A. “On Fire”
B. “Jamie’s Cryin'”

Disc Four:

A. “Dance The Night Away”
B. “Spanish Fly”

Disc Five:

A. “Somebody Get Me Doctor”
B. “Women In Love”

Disc Six:

A. “And The Cradle Will Rock”
B. “Could This Be Magic?”

Disc Seven:

A. “Unchained”
B. “So This Is Love?”

Disc Eight:

A. “(Oh) Pretty Woman”
B. “Happy Trails”

Disc Nine:

A. “Dancing In The Street”
B. “The Full Bug”

Disc Ten:

A. “Jump”
B. “House Of Pain”

Disc Eleven:

A. “I’ll Wait”
B. “Girl Gone Bad”

Disc Twelve:

A. “Panama”
B. “Drop Dead Legs”

Disc Thirteen:

A. “Hot For Teacher”
B. “Little Dreamer”

Tool Fan Unknowingly Asks Eddie Van Halen To Take A Picture For Him

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.

Eddie Van Halen Reportedly 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.”

Van Halen Rumored To Be On Hiatus Due To “Health Issues”

David Lee Roth recently said that he thinks “Van Halen’s finished” and now it appears that there may be more to the story. During a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, Toto’s Steve Lukather claimed that the band are on hiatus due to “health issues.” He said the following:

“[Eddie] and Alex are sitting there laying back and they’re waiting to see what happens next. I think they’re on a hiatus. There’s been some health issues that they’re dealing with and stuff like that. We’re older guys now, and to go on the road, and stuff like that, it requires a lot of extra effort in terms of as a human being…I’m not the guy to say anything. I love those brothers so much and we’ve always had a great relationship. I’m a big fan and also adore them as human beings.”

[via Metal Injection]

David Lee Roth: “I Think Van Halen’s Finished”

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, David Lee Roth said that he thinks Van Halen is done. He had the following to say after being asked if he was “bummed” about not touring with the band this summer:

“That’s been canceled a number of times, and I think VAN HALEN’s finished and this is the next phase. I’ve inherited the band de facto — whatever that means. I think it means if you inherit it, carry this proudly. VAN HALEN isn’t gonna be coming back in the fashion that you know. And that being said, Eddie’s [Van Halen] got his own story to tell. [It’s] not mine to tell it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Anthony Further Discusses Failed Van Halen Reunion

Michael Anthony previously revealed that he was contacted about possibly reuniting with Van Halen for a summer tour, but nothing ever came of it. Now, during an interview on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation,” the bassist discussed the situation further saying he “would have been in pre-production rehearsals with Van Halen right now” if everything would have worked out.

Here’s what Anthony had to say:

“The reason THE CIRCLE is taking a break right now is that if things would have worked out as they were starting to go and was planned, we would have been in pre-production rehearsals with VAN HALEN right now.

“I’m sure you know Sammy [Hagar] had made a statement [earlier in the year] saying I was offered [to do a tour with VAN HALEN]. And I can tell you, I spoke with [VAN HALEN’s manager] Irving Azoff last October — that’s when I first heard from him — and he asked if I would be interested in any kind of a reunion, and I told him, I said, ‘Yeah.’ I was finishing up a couple of shows with Sammy and I said, ‘Yeah, I’d be interested to hear what you guys have going on. I’ve got these few dates left, and give me a call.’ And I never heard a call back. And then, right after the first of the year, I got… [VAN HALEN singer] David Lee Roth’s, Dave’s business manager or lawyer, or something, got ahold of me about a meeting or something. And so at that point, I gave it over to our manager, because I didn’t wanna start getting in this whole thing — I wanted to do it the correct way, especially after the way things went for me in 2004.”

“From what I’ve heard, and I haven’t spoken to any of the guys, they were gonna try to plan a thing for this summer. And for whatever reason… I was never… My people were never… They never got in touch with us about any kind of a contract or any kind of a meeting to discuss or whatever. And the next thing I knew, the plug got pulled on it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Anthony Says He Was Contacted About A Van Halen Reunion In October But “Something Broke Down On Their End”

Michael Anthony recently shot down the rumors suggesting that he would be reuniting with Van Halen for a stadium tour. However, the bassist has since confirmed that he was contacted about a reunion in October. He said the following on “The Howard Stern Show”:

“I was actually contacted by their management last October, to see if I would be interested in something. And that’s basically as far as it went. I think they were trying to put something together on their end, management was, and something broke down on their end and the plug got pulled.”

[via Blabbermouth]