Eddie Van Halen Releases New “1978 High Top” Sneaker

Eddie Van Halen has released a new “1978 high top” sneaker. You can purchase a pair and other merch at eddievanhalenstore.com. Here’s an official description:

“This commemorative shoe, the 1978 High Top, honoring the occasion of Eddie’s groundbreaking debut to the world stage with the release of the first Van Halen album, some 40 years ago. Adding to the growing collection of footwear offered by the EVH™ brand, the 1978 High Tops are a black and white classic high-top sneaker. The outer side features a live photo of Eddie Van Halen playing guitar on the first world tour, and the inner side of the shoe has 1978 prominently displayed in a circular badge. The Eddie Van Halen logo appears on both the tongue of the shoe and on the back sole, and the back panel features his signature white with black striped pattern.”

[via Loudwire]

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Sammy Hagar Says Van Halen’s Management Contacted Michael Anthony About A Reunion Six Months Ago

According to Sammy Hagar, Van Halen’s management actually contacted Michael Anthony about a reunion six months ago. Despite this, the singer says the bassist hasn’t heard anything else since.

Hagar told Eddie Trunk the following:

“He got a call six months ago from [Van Halen’s] management saying, ‘Are you interested?’ And he said, ‘Yeah. I’m doing a record with Sammy right now. We’re booking shows, so you’d have to work around it.’ And they said, ‘Okay. We’ll get back to you.’ And that was it. I can tell you that much.”

Hagar and Anthony are currently performing together in The Circle, but Hagar says the bassist has his blessing to go back to Van Halen if it happens:

“I told Mike, ‘If this happens, you freakin’ have my blessings. You go do this. You’re a founding member in that band.’ And for the fans, he needs to do it. He is the missing element right now. If you want my opinion, without Mike, it just doesn’t seem quite the same. Mikey, he’s the flag bearer — he walks out there with the flag, the VH flag. He holds it high, like the guy in the cavalry. And he’s a special guy and he has my blessings.”

Hagar seemingly addressed the rumor of Anthony splitting duties with Wolfgang Van Halen as well:

“The things I’ve been reading, it aint gonna happen. They think Mikey’s gonna come out and do his bass solo with the Jack Daniel’s bass and say goodbye and stand on the side of the stage and watch Wolfie play his songs all night. I mean, I don’t think the fans are gonna go for that either. That’d be real hard on little Wolf — he don’t deserve that. So I don’t know what to think. Maybe it’s just a rumor. Who knows? Those guys, they don’t tell me nothing, ’cause I don’t wanna know. But you’d think they’d at least tell Mike. [Laughs]

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Anthony Shoots Down Van Halen Reunion Rumors Once Again: “I Personally Haven’t Been Contacted By Them”

Michael Anthony has once again shot down the rumors suggesting that he would be reuniting with Van Halen for a 2019 stadium tour. The bassist told Music Radar the following:

“I’m a ‘never say never’ guy. At this point… I don’t know what kind of rumors are floating around or whatever, but I personally haven’t been contacted by them yet or anything. So, at this point, nothing is happening. But you never know.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Anthony Shoots Down Van Halen Reunion Rumors

Michael Anthony has shot down the recent rumors suggesting that he would be reuniting with Van Halen for a 2019 stadium tour. The bassist told Premiere Radio Networks the following: “The only comment I have is that I haven’t spoken to any of the guys since we last played together back in 2004.” He went on to say that he did speak to drummer Alex Van Halen on the phone “a few years back,” but they didn’t get into anything more than small talk.

Rumor: Van Halen Reportedly Planning 2019 Stadium Tour With Michael Anthony

UPDATE: Michael Anthony has now shot down the rumors.

Original Story:

Here’s a big rumor for you all. Van Halen are reportedly planning a stadium tour with original bassist Michael Anthony. It is still unconfirmed, but radio personality Eddie Trunk says industry sources have claimed that the band will be hitting the road with their original lineup. This news comes after frontman David Lee Roth seemed to hint to Vulture that a Yankee Stadium show was being planned.

Trunk said the following [transcribed by Ultimate Guitar]:

“I hesitate to even talk about this because every year there’s some rumor about Van Halen about to do something or announce something, and ultimately it just doesn’t happen.

“But, a little more so than normal as we close out 2018, I’m starting to hear some rumblings. I have sources and people I hear from and stuff that – as I was saying the other day, has to remain off the record.

“So I cannot cite my source, but I did hear from somebody who is in the music industry, who told me that he has spoken to some people and he’s hearing from some people that there indeed will be some Van Halen activity in 2019 in terms of live shows.

“And the rumors are – and it’s again, I stress rumors, rumors, rumors. Did you hear me say rumors?

“The rumors from reliable sources – but still rumors that are unconfirmed – is that the band will tour in 2019 with the original band, which would mean the return of Michael, and that there it’s gonna be some sort of stadium package

“So again I cannot stress enough that is not confirmed in any way shape or form but there are starting to be some real substantial rumors about that as we close out 2018.

“And somebody who will remain anonymous, who contacted me because he was listening to this show yesterday, said that he also has heard that – and he is actively in the industry.

“And that would tie into what David Lee Roth said when he’s running around selling his skin cream or whatever it is that he’s doing – that Van Halen would play Yankee Stadium [in New York City].

“I don’t think that Van Halen – even with the original band, I think Van Halen would need to have to do a full stadium tour of America.

“Even bringing Michael back, hypothetically, I still think they probably want a little more meat on the bone to sell it – meaning I don’t think they would do it just then.

“I’m thinking if it were to happen, it would be more of a – sort of like Def Leppard and Journey did some stadiums. Maybe not that much of a pure co-headline, but Van Halen with one or two real-name acts on as support.

“And that would also tie into one of the things that Roth said because he mentioned some other bands that they might be playing with.

“It’s something to hope for but I can tell you there are people that are actively in the music industry that listen to this show and I got an email from one yesterday saying, ‘Yeah I’m hearing it too. I’m hearing stadiums and I’m hearing, ‘original band’.”

Eddie Van Halen Suing Videographer Over Unreleased Van Halen Rehearsal Footage

According to TMZ, Eddie Van Halen has filed a lawsuit against videographer Andrew Bennett, to prevent the release of 2006 Van Halen rehearsal footage featuring him, his brother Alex Van Halen, and his son, Wolfgang Van Halen. Bennett was hired to film for a DVD/video project, but plans were scrapped when Eddie didn’t like the footage. Bennett tried to release it years later after claiming he was never paid, but Eddie says everything was settled in 2015, and that he owns the rights to the footage. Now, Bennett is trying to sell the footage again and even shared a trailer for it on his website. The site was “suspended for copyright infringement”, but Bennett just switched to another site with a similar name. Eddie is now trying to get a judge to remove the video, and to stop Bennett from releasing or selling it.

Van Halen Announce 2015 North American Tour

Van Halen have announced a 2015 North American tour. The band will also be joined by special guest, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, on all dates.

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Tour Dates:

07/05 – Seattle, Wash. @ White River Amphitheatre
07/07 – Portland, Ore. @ Amphitheater Northwest
07/09 – Concord, Calif. @ Concord Pavilion
07/11 – San Bernardino, Calif. @ San Manuel Amphitheater
07/14 – Irvine, Calif. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/16 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheatre
07/20 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/22 – Bonner Springs, Mo. @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/24 – Chicago, Ill. @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/26 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/28 – Burgettstown, Pa. @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/30 – Bangor, Maine @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
08/01 – Mansfield, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
08/03 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio @ Blossom Music Center
08/05 – London, Ontario @ Western Fair District
08/07 – Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/09 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/11 – Hartford, Ct. @ Xfinity Center
08/13 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
08/23 – Hershey, Pa. @ Hershey Park
08/25 – Darien Center, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/27 – Camden, N.J. @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/29 – Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
08/31 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
09/02 – Noblesville, Ind @ Klipsch Music Center
09/04 – Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/06 – Bethel, N.Y. @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
09/09 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
09/11 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
09/13 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/15 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
09/17 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
09/21 – Austin, Texas @ Austin360 Amphitheater
09/23 – Dallas, Texas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/25 – Houston, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/28 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/30 – Chula Vista, Calif. @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/02 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl