January 8, 1997 - Edward and Alex Van Halen have been nominated
for a Grammy! Their instrumental piece, Respect The Wind from the Twister
Soundtrack was one of five nominations for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance award.
For more info, check out the Grammys Web Site.
January 10, 1997 - Get ready for a big world tour in 1997/98!
Van Halen are planning to visit Europe, South America (for the first time since 1983),
Australia/New Zealand (for the first time ever), Japan and then North
America. I'll have all the tour dates as soon as they are available.
Work On New Album Resumes
January 10, 1997 - Van Halen returned to the studio this
week to continue working on their latest studio album, the first to feature new
vocalist Gary Cherone. Bruce Fairbairn will once again be producing. Glen Ballard
(producer of the two new tracks on the Van Halen 'Best Of' album) was unavailable
due to his committment to the new Alanis Morisette album.
Mike at NAMM '97
January 13, 1997 - Michael Anthony will be at the
NAMM Convention on Saturday January 18 at 3:00PM. The NAMM
(North American Music Merchants) Convention is held annually to showcase
the latest products from the world's music merchants. Last years convention
saw the launch of Edward Van Halen's Peavey Wolfgang guitar and Sammy Hagar's
Washburn Red Rocker acoustic/electric. Mike was also in attendance.
Look for Mike this year at booth #6446, Hall A. For more information, check
out the Official NAMM Web Site.
January 15, 1997 - Today the Van Halen News Desk
passed the milestone of 300,000 visitors! Thanks to everybody who has
contributed to the site and to you the viewers.
Mike And Sammy At NAMM
January 15, 1997 - I just received more Van
Halen-related information about the
NAMM '97 Exhibition
in Anaheim which starts tomorrow. As I reported here recently, Michael
Anthony will be at the St. Louis Music Inc. booth (#6446 - Hall A) on
Saturday at 3:00PM.
I've also heard that Sammy Hagar will be at the Washburn booth (#5620)
on Saturday between 1:00PM and 2:00PM signing autographs.
Please note: "NAMM Trade Shows are limited to retail music store buyers,
manufacturers of music products, and manufacturers representatives of the
music product industry." In other words, the average "Joe" won't get
Sammy Hagar Update
January 22, 1997 - According to recent reports,
Sammy Hagar still hasn't signed a record deal. The release date for
his upcoming solo album, titled Marching To Mars, is rumoured
to be mid-March, assuming he's signed a record contract by then. If all
goes well, there will be a CD-Launch party at Cabo Wabo followed by a tour.
By Scott Way - firstname.lastname@example.org
January 23, 1997 -
"THESE ARE NOT YOUR DAD'S GUITARS!" This sign is the first thing I saw
when I came upon the PEAVEY booth. This quote was displayed above the
Wolfgang guitars (7 or 8) which were available for anyone to play. Each
guitar was connected to a Tube Fex pre-amp with headphones.
Sammy showed up at 12:50pm to sign autographs. Sammy was Sammy. He
autographed a picture I had of him and then we took a picture together.
He saw my Cabo Wabo shirt and asked me when I was last down there? He
also wondered to know if the place was crowded. When I walked away, he
told me I'll see you in October (for his birthday bash).
brought an 8x10 photo of Sammy to autograph. The funny thing was the
photo had a 2 inch border of red, white and black stripes. (Ed's
stripings). I though Sammy would be a little distraught, but he said
with honesty, "Hey, this is really cool". Sammy took off at about
Michael was also cool. I was the first in line at the Ampeg booth. Mike
showed up at about 2:50pm. I asked how things were coming along. Mike
said things are coming along great (pertaining to the upcoming album).
I also asked how Ed was, and he said Ed is doing fine. I had Michael
autograph a photo and then we took a picture together.
I DID NOT see Michael or Sammy together. If they did talk, I would
assume it was not in public. There were many musicians that were at
NAMM97. However, Mike and Sammy attracted the most people.
Pat "Panama" Boone
January 28, 1997 - Today is the release date
for the latest Pat Boone album, titled In A Metal Mood - No More
Mr Nice Guy. "Who cares??" I hear you say. Well, believe
it or not, the album contains a cover of the Van Halen classic
Panama, which was given the big-band jazz feel by the milk-drinking
"It started out as a joke, but I've never done anything that's gotten
this kind of advance anticipation," says Boone, who says he's
"going from milk to metal."
Other songs covered by the 50's Christian Pop Idol include Led Zeppelin's
Stairway To Heaven, Metallica's Enter Sandman, Guns N' Roses'
Paradise City, Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train and the Deep Purple classic,
>Smoke On The Water. Guest musicians include Slash and Richie Blackmore.
'Best Of' Re-Release
January 29, 1997 - Van Halen's 'Best Of Volume 1'
will soon be re-released with the original version of Runnin' With
You will recall that the version contained on the 1996 'Best Of' album was
re-arranged slightly, with the 2nd and 3rd verse and chorus swapped
around. We tried asking several of our Van Halen "insiders" at the time
why it happened but no official reason was ever given.
asked Bob Merlis from Warner Bros. Records how it happened. Bob explained
that it was an honest mistake, not intentional, and that the band weren't
even aware of it. Someone simply used the wrong tape when they mastered
All future pressings of the album will contain the original version of
the song. This won't necessarily make the remixed version a rarity though,
as it has already sold in excess of 1 million copies.