Van Halen set to release live album
Van Halen has been hard at work in the studio remastering tracks for a live album release that will feature original singer David Lee Roth. Excited yet? We are too!
The aforementioned album, entitled "Tokyo Dome Live in Concert," was recorded at the famed venue in Tokyo, Japan on June 21, 2013. Van Halen will reportedly release the live recording on March 31, 2015 in a multitude of formats including: a double disc set, a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and also as a full digital format.
"Tokyo Dome Live in Concert" features Roth on vocals, Eddie Van Halen on guitar, Alex Van Halen on drums, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen (Eddie's son). Among some of the hits features are "Dance the Night Away," "Beautiful Girls," "And the Cradle Will Rock," "Unchained," "Everybody Wants Some," and many more.
It was also reported that Van Halen would be releasing newly remastered versions of their 1978 debut and "1984" on CD, digital and vinyl.
Eddie Van Halen recently told The Associated Press that he's ready to get back on the road. That announcement came during a stop at the Smithsonian for a sold-out even in which he donated instruments to the National Museum of American History. During the event he also discussed making music and his innovative guitar and amp designs, as well as his immigrant roots.
"We showed up here with the equivalent of $50 and a piano," Van Halen said at the event. "We came halfway around the world without money, without a set job, no place to live and couldn't even speak the language."
Of course Van Halen would become one of the most popular rock bands of the 1980s, and is still going strong today.
Van Halen takes Tokyo (Updated July 18, 2013)
It's not often that one would associate Japan as a hotbed of hard rock. But when Van Halen invaded the Tokyo Dome in June 2013, they played before 55,000 rabid fans. That stop was also just one of four concerts in "The Land of the Rising Sun" as part of Van Halen's "A Different Kind of Truth" tour, some eight months after those dates were originally scheduled.
Van Halen's 27-song set from Toyko was identical to the tour opener in Nagoya, with just one exception: they swapped songs from their 1978 debut, replacing "Jamie's Crying" for "I'm The One." All dates had been rescheduled from last fall when the group went on hiatus while Eddie Van Halen recovered from a severe case of Diverticulitus.
On the flip side, Eddie's scheduled guest appearance with LL Cool J at the Hollywood Bowl was postponed shortly after the Tokyo tour wrapped. The guitar icon was scheduled to join the rapper on Sunday, July 7 at the Greek Theatre on the final stop of LL's "Kings of the Mic" Tour, but failed to show. (Van Halen collaborated with LL on his new album "Authentic," which hit stores in April. He appears on the tracks "We're the Greatest" and "Not Leaving You Tonight.")
Eddie and Van Halen are still on the books for two US dates this month: They're scheduled to be at the RockUSA Festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 20, and they'll play the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California on July 24.
About Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen's dream was to completely revolutionize the guitar rock and hard rock industry in a way that could only be described as 'godly.' The 'godliness' wasn't without its turmoil, though. Eddie was a transport from the Netherlands who moved to Pasadena, California, in 1962 and began playing rock music with his brother Alex. After meeting with frontman David Lee Roth, they joined together and recruited bass guitarist Michael Anthony to begin their journey toward rock stardom.
It was shortly after meeting legendary Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons that Van Halen would seal a record deal with Warner Bros. Records, though without Simmons' direct involvement. And even when the band stirred some recognition for its debut album in 1977, it wasn't until 1984 when they reached true commercial success with the album "1984." The single "Jump" truly propelled them to stardom, becoming the quintessential pop-rock anthem.
Van Halen had an excellent flair, particularly with another single by the name of "Hot for Teacher." Unfortunately, turmoil disrupted the momentum the group found with success, leading to the multiple exits of lead singers Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone. With each departure and reunion, conflicting press statements would be made from the band regarding the revolving door of talent.
The band was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, with some 75 million albums sold worldwide. They toured again with Roth in 2007 and 2008, and in December of 2011 announced a tour for 2012. They released their first album in 14 years, "A Different Kind of Truth," on February 7, and toured through June to support the project. The band is currently taking time off, but plans to play several shows in Japan this fall.
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After nearly 50 years, Van Halen is still alive and kicking. The iconic rock n' roll band are taking the month of March by storm, first with news of a live album release, several television appearances, and--most importantly--a massive North American tour announcement. Tokyo Dome: Live in Concert will be released to the public on March 31, featuring…Read more
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