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Van Halen members act friendly and whatnot

Are the hatchets really buried?

By Mark C. Brown Feb 7, 2012 3:22PM
Van HalenAnyone worried about the tensions inside Van Halen might have their fears eased by this -- a new interview with the three founders of the band. Not just any chat -- it's David Lee Roth interviewing Eddie and Alex Van Halen about their music, family and influences, and everyone's having a marvelous time. The last reunion tour was pretty hot even though the relationships seemed contentious; if this video is any indication, the chemistry might kick up a notch or two this time around. The new album, "A Different Kind of Truth," is out today. See the MSN Music review of the disc.

And it's not just MSN that likes the new music - "A Different Kind of Truth" is getting uniformly rave reviews across the country. The band reached back to some demos that pre-dated its first album in the '70s, updated them and mixed them in with newer material. Even the most skeptical fans went from "This can't possibly work" to "Hey, this is pretty good." It's a return to the crunching, riff-driven rock the band started out with, coupled with Diamond Dave's wailing vocals and swagger to spare.

The band's tour, its first since 2007-2008, will start in Louisville on Feb. 18 and is already sold out in most cities across the nation. After announcing the show at a somewhat-rough "secret" gig at Cafe Wha? in New York City, the band held another private show last week in Los Angeles that smoked. The last tour was a good start. But if the members can show the same easy camaraderie, respect and chemistry evident in that show and the intimate interview linked above, this could be the true rebirth of the Van Halen legacy.

Predictably, ousted VH singer Sammy Hagar is unimpressed.

For the moment, only U.S. dates have been announced; no word on traveling overseas.


18th – Louisville, KY

20th – Auburn Hills, MI

22nd – Indianapolis, IN

24th – Chicago, IL

28th – New York, NY


1st – New York, NY

3rd – Uncasville, CT

5th – Philadelphia, PA

9th – Buffalo, NY

11th – Boston, MA

15th – Montreal, QC

17th – Toronto, ON

21st – Ottawa, ON

24th – Atlantic City, NJ

28th – Washington, DC


1st – Rosemont, IL

10th – Sunrise, FL

12th – Tampa, FL

14rh – Orlando, FL

16th – Jacksonville, FL

19th – Atlanta, GA

21st – Greensboro, NC

25th – Charlotte, NC

27th – Nashville, TN


1st – Tulsa, OK

5th – Tacoma, WA

7th – Vancouver, BC

9th – Calgary, AB

11th – Edmonton, AB

17th – Winnipeg, MB

19th – St. Paul, MN

22nd – Kansas City, MO

24th – Denver, CO

27th – Las Vegas, NV


1st – Los Angeles, CA

3rd – Oakland, CA

5th – San Jose, CA

12th – Anaheim, CA

14th – San Diego, CA

16th – Phoenix, AZ

20th – Dallas, TX

22nd – San Antonio, TX

24th – Houston, TX

26th – New Orleans, LA

Feb 13, 2012 8:59AM

This album is really good....haters...leave please!  sit back drink some cold ones and listen...THEY ARE BACK..tensions?..who cares! u can make anything of anything...dag!...just enjoy the music!

Feb 13, 2012 8:18AM
"getting uniformly rave reviews across the country".  Am I delirious? Are they serious? I have heard two singles off this album so far, "Tattoo" and "She's the One(?)" and they are awful! They sound like a bad VH cover band. "Tattoo" is just a flat out mess. IMHO, a lot of songs that bands put out that were previously unreleased were unreleased for a reason! And going for "crunching, riff-driven rock" is no excuse for not putting in some freakin' rehearsal time. I have heard actual garage bands that sound tighter and more cohesive. But hey, maybe this is just the ranting of a chick who is old enough to remember them the first time out.
Feb 9, 2012 6:47AM
Feb 8, 2012 6:46PM
van halen with shammy was nothing more than a love song pop band.shammy needs to shut up and do his own thing.i dont here the boys in van halen putting him down,even though roths vocals arent what they used to be,musically this blows away anything chickenfoot has put out.
Feb 8, 2012 6:43PM
Wow I disagree with the whole point of this article...I could actually see the tension in the air...the hostility from Al towards DLR is just barely under the surface....this is a nice chat between 3 guys who clearly do not like each other...VHs don"t like Roth I should say...when he steps on Alex's answers the body language is loud and clear. 

Feb 8, 2012 6:03PM

I've heard Anthony was no saint in the situation either. But he holds no ill will toward VH so why should you? Michael was even asked if he would go after royalties for the 70"s demos used on A Different Kind Of Truth and he said NO. Sounds to me like Anthony has buried the hatchet as well....


As for the album, it is smokin'! Honestly everything I could want from DLR VH even though I was always more of a SH VH fan...

Feb 8, 2012 6:01PM

I was looking forward to going to see them but they cant even get a fing date any where in ohio but can go some where in BFE, MI screw van halen


Feb 8, 2012 4:59PM

Agreed without Anthony I could care less it is a shame what Eddie has Done.

Feb 8, 2012 4:17PM

right to my opinion...yeah eddie has a har d on for him for sure.

i will confess that wolfgang is not half bad as a bass player.

he has some chops

Feb 8, 2012 4:10PM
Could care less about this band... Not after what they did to Anthony.
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