New Van Halen album in first half of 2011?

From MelodicRock.com: Wednesday, June 30, 2010: VAN HALEN – POSSIBLE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?: It’s been a while since I reached out to one of my best sources of Van Halen info over the years, but it had to be done. And I got the information I was hoping for – independent […]

Van Halen Star Guitar

By Dweezil Zappa From Dweezil Zappa World: This guitar comes with a great story. Picture this if you will. It’s 1982 and the biggest rock band in the world is VAN HALEN. I was 12 years old and had only been playing guitar for 9 months. “Eruption” and the “Mean Street” intro were on a […]

Sammy Hagar autobiography due in 2011

From Artist Direct: More Details About Sammy Hagar Autobiography Surface It Books, HarperCollins, to release in 2011 HarperCollins imprint ItBooks will release Sammy Hagar’sautobiography in 2011. Hagar will provide readers with those behind-the-scenes stories from his multi-platinum career, things that you always wanted to know, but had no way of knowing, until now, including his […]

Video: Eddie Van Halen on Lopez Tonight

Two days ago the VHND was contacted by someone in the Van Halen camp that asked us to spread the news about a Van Halen-related segment that would be on the 100th Episode Celebration of the Lopez Tonight show the next day. We were given the impression that the VH segment would be more extensive […]

Lopez Tonight

Thursday June 24th is the 10oth Episode Celebration of LOPEZ TONIGHT on TBS. Guests stars are to be Kobe Bryant, Dane Cook and Louis C.K. The show bills itself as “high-energy, opinionated, irreverent and very funny”. But that’s not the only reason why we suggest that Van Halen fans be sure to watch the episode. […]

How much duct tape to make a Frankenstrat?

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Ever wonder how much duct tape it would take to make a near-perfect replica of an Eddie Van Halen guitar? The answer is more than 300 rolls. The giant red, black, and white rock ’n’ roll homage was the first piece of duct tape art that greeted visitors at the seventh annual Avon Heritage Duct […]

5 Questions With … Sammy Hagar

From Atlantic City Weekly:

The Red Rocker is co-owner of an Atlantic City beach bar, and will be performing at the resort town’s Boardwalk Hall with Aerosmith later this summer.

By Ray Schweibert
Posted Jun. 21, 2010

Cases are rampant of those who rise out of modest means to hit the heights of stardom only to crash hard. Sammy Hagar climbed that ladder, but his life could serve as the antithesis, the archetypal opposite of a celebrity train wreck. He’s a humanitarian, a successful businessman, and of course a rock ‘n’ roll hall-of-famer who’s enjoyed prosperous careers as both a solo artist and as a member of several bands, most notably as Van Halen’s frontman from 1985-’96.

He currently tours with two groups — Chickenfoot and the Waboritas — the latter of which will perform in Atlantic City with Aerosmith at Boardwalk Hall in August. A close friend of Harrah’s Eastern Division president Don Marrandino, Hagar and Harrah’s teamed to open Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar (formerly Bally’s Beach Bar) over the 2010 Memorial Day weekend.

Hagar is also the founder/proprietor of the Cabo Wabo brand, which includes a premium line of tequilas and three Cabo Wabo cantinas, including the original in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He recently spoke with Atlantic City Weekly by phone.

Where did your nickname, The Red Rocker, come from?

I wrote this song called “Red” back in 1976 and I have a fixation with the color red. When I get into a red

Happy Birthday, Michael Anthony

Bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) is 56.

Neil Zlozower shares some of his favorite Van Halen Stories

Rock Photography icon Neil Zlozower shares some of his Van Halen favorite stories with Nikki Sixx in a new interview on Nikki’s website, SixxSense.com. In this interview, Zlozower recalls some memorable tales of Van Halen’s climb to superstardom from 1978 – 1980. Length is 19:36. As part of Van Halen’s entourage, “Zloz”, toured America with […]

Van Halen hot rods on display

Two Van Halen hot rods will be on display at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis from June 12 through September 12, 2010. The exhibit is called “Rock Stars, Cars and Guitars.” David Lee Roth’s 1951 Mercury custom four-door convertible with toothy 1953 DeSoto grille. This extensively modified 1951 Mercury was featured in Van Halen’s “Panama” […]

Steven Pearcy on the influence of early Van Halen

DLR backstage w/ Ratt '84 or '85

Steven Pearcy from Ratt memntioned Van Halen during an interview with the San Diego Reader: Ratt ‘n’ Roll By Andrew Hamlin Published Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Ratt left San Diego in the ’80s and scrabbled to the big prize in L.A. with their triple-platinum debut LP. After years of decadence, a few more albums, and […]

David Lee Roth signed acoustic guitar auction for charity

DLR guitar for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society auction

From Yahoo News: Walk on Role for Curb Your Enthusiasm, Meet Lady Antebellum or Sean Hannity, win David Lee Roth’s Guitar, Plus Numerous Auctions for Good Celebrities & charities come together to raise vital funds via unique online auctions on Auction Cause Los Angeles, Calif (Vocus) — Auction Cause, the leading online cause marketing agency […]