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Van Halen

By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 at 9:18 am in Uncategorized.

I just watched the video of yesterday’s press conference at which Van Halen announced its Fall tour. I came away with two distinct impressions. OK, maybe three:

1. The jury’s out on whether David Lee Roth voice can handle a big tour anymore, but dear God that guy can still talk. His mouth will still be moving in the casket at his own funeral. Even money that Eddie can’t handle the Dave show for more than a year.

2. Eddie’s son shouldn’t be part of this, whether he can play or not. Michael Anthony is the bassist of Van Halen, period. Wolfgang just doesn’t look right up there. He’s 16 and playing with 50-somethings. He should take his last name and go start a band with kids his own age. Plus, I don’t know how they can possibly replace those back-up vocals, and old Dave is going to need all the help he can get.

2a. Who were those people asking questions (though we do now know one was a porn star friend of Eddie’s)? What do you think of Elvis? The why is Valerie letting your kid go on tour question should’ve been the first one asked, instead of the last one squeezed in.

Van Halen was my favorite band growing up. I’ve seen them more than a dozen times, and I can’t help but root for them. This just seems strange to me…but it looks like sobriety is treating Eddie well. Because after that train wreck of a last tour, on which he couldn’t even play, there was just no way he could do another one without straightening up. So, in that regard, maybe it’s a good thing. We’ll see…

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