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.
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.”
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.”
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.
UPDATE: Michael Anthony has now shot down the rumors.
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’.”
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.