According to Cleveland.com and reported by Blabbermouth.net, Eddie Van Halen will receive a short on-air tribute as part of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s 2020 Induction Ceremony Special. The plan is for “multiple guitar gods paying homage to the Van Halen guitarist,” to be included in the Rock Hall special’s in memoriam section, which also honors other rock and roll legends who have passed away since the last ceremony. Continue reading
Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen was honored last night at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards in Los Angeles last night (October 14) held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood without an audience in attendance and livestreamed to fans around. The show played a clip of Van Halen performing the smash hit “Panama” at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, followed by a single shot of the world-famous and iconic Frankenstrat guitar on stage in the spotlight. Kelly Clarkson, who hosted the program, paid tribute to Eddie at the ceremony, saying: “Just a few days ago, a true giant was taken from us: Eddie Van Halen. He was a legendary guitarist, an amazing musician and an incredible songwriter.” After the performance of “Panama”, she added: “That moment is one that all who saw will always remember.”
Jack White (The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, Third Man Records) was the last-minute musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night and used it to pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen, who died last week at age 65. Not only did White play an EVH model guitar, his solo during the song “Lazaretto” featured two-hand tapping, which Eddie made famous the world over.
As we reported earlier, the music world is reeling from the loss of Eddie Van Halen, who died today, October 6th, 2020, at age 65 after a long bout with cancer. The outpouring of love and support has been immense since the news hit social media. You can read posts from his son Wolfie, former singer Slash, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons, Flea, Def Leppard, Anthrax, and countless others who sent their love and tributes out to Eddie.
Sad news to report as music legend and guitar innovator Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen has died. He was 65. The news was broken by Eddie’s son Wolfgang (Wolfie) on social media. Eddie babble tongue and throat cancer for years and the secret musician rarely appeared publicly discussed his ongoing battle. We’ll continue to track this story as news becomes available, and we send our condolences to the Van Halen family, friends, peers, and millions of fans everywhere.
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020
Wolfgang wrote: “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.
“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.
“My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.
“I love you so much, Pop.”
The popular fan site Van Halen News Desk has uncovered a doozy of a lost take. The site shared a clip from YouTuber Groovefunkel Second Helping has uploaded an alternate take of the classic first song heard on Van Halen’s 1978 debut, featuring a different vocal track by David Lee Roth and an extended Eddie Van Halen guitar solo. Check it out right now! Continue reading
Van Halen famously released 13 singles in Japan between 1978 and 1984. Like many bands of that era, their fame in Japan was huge and helped catapult the band to one of the biggest in the world. Those singles will now be collected in a new 7″ vinyl set from Rhino. Each replica single features the original sleeve artwork and comes housed in a cigarette-style box. Two versions of The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 will be available on November 1: a black vinyl version and a limited-edition version of 750 copies on red vinyl, which is available now to pre-order at Rhino.com. Both versions have a suggested retail price of $129.98. Watch the teaser trailer for the collection below. Continue reading
Normally we don’t do the rumor mill here at Ghost Cult HQ, as some of our brethren at other metal sites do. When it is a monumentally important artist, we listen to new information and try to be respectful. One story we have been tracking is the end of the Van Halen reunion with David Lee Roth, which we broke the news last week of Roth saying definitively the band is done with him. In that same interview Roth gave, he alluded to health issues from Eddie Van Halen being the culprit and even said that Eddie needs to address the public. Now TMZ has reported that Eddie has had a relapse of his throat and tongue cancer that he has battled for the last 20 years. According to a published report, Eddie has been traveling to Germany for routine treatments. In a recent article, Eddie alluded to the fact that he believes he got his initial tongue cancer from holding metal guitar picks in his mouth during his solos like ‘Eruption’, and not from Smoking. One wide-spread report last winter had the band booking a summer tour of baseball stadiums with Foo Fighters, Metallica and others, but that it fell apart over the involvement of bringing founding VH bassist Michael Anthony back in on a part-time basis. We wish Eddie the best and we will keep following this news. Continue reading
In a new interview with Meltdown of the Detroit radio station WRIF, David Lee Roth says Van Halen, as we know it, is finished. He also said Eddie Van Halen has his own story to tell about the current state of the band and discussed his upcoming Las Vegas residency, which is due to begin in January. Earlier this year, rumors were rampant that the classic-era lineup of Van Halen would reunite for the first time since 1984 and possibly embark on a co-headline tour of baseball stadiums with Foo Fighters. There were even tour posters leaked to press. It’s unclear why the tour didn’t happen, though there has been online chatter that a health setback involving Eddie Van Halen might have been responsible. Roth also spoke earlier this summer with podcaster and comedian Marc Maron on his WTF show and claimed he and the Van Halen Brothers have “no relationship.. and never have”.
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth appeared as a guest this week on Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast”. In a great and wide-ranging interview, Roth weighed in on many topics including the current state of affairs between himself and Eddie and Alex Van Halen. Notably, Roth commented that the band has “always hated each other” and rarely gotten along, even in the best of times. He expanded this by discussing the dynamic of the three leaders of the band, both historically before they worked together, right up to their very last tour together. He also mentioned recently performing a remix of ‘Jump’ at Pinkpop Festival with Armin Van Buren, and many stories from his life. Listen to the podcast below and read some quotes we transcribed. There has been much speculation that Van Halen would announce full reunion with bassist Michael Anthony to perform at festivals or tour dates this summer, but a published report revealed it was called off. Continue reading