Mar 2000 Snippets
Mar 01, 2000 -
Contrary to rumours being spread by some web sites, Gary Cherone will not be appearing
on Boston radio this Friday to trash Van Halen.
Mar 02, 2000 -
Progressive rockers Niacin, featuring Billy Sheehan and Steve Lukather
will release their fourth album on Magna Carta
records on March 7. Track #8 on the album is a funky cover of Van Halen's
Mean Street. The album can be ordered from
Mar 03, 2000 -
The Las Vegas Sun reports
that members of Van Halen will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the
CARSDIRECT.COM 400 Nascar race. The report doesn't specify which members will be in
attendance, but noted that the party requested seats in the grandstand, not the luxury
DLR Army Is Back
Mar 09, 2000 -
Widely regarded as the ultimate web site for David Lee Roth fans, the
site has been re-launched to celebrate its brand new design. For all the
latest no-bullshit DLR news, multimedia and much more, check out the
DLR Army site.
Mission To Mars
Mar 12, 2000 -
The new sci-fi movie Mission To Mars
opened over the weekend across the USA. During the middle of the film, Van Halen's
Dance The Night Away is played in its entirety. The song is actually a
slightly extended version! Thanks to everyone who emailed me about this.
Billy Sheehan Interview
Mar 11, 2000 -
The DLR Army web site has managed to pin down ex-David Lee Roth bassman
Billy Sheehan for an exclusive interview. A sneak preview is up now. The
full interview will be available from Monday.
Mar 18, 2000 -
Coming soon: an interview with a former member of the David Lee Roth Band. Stay tuned!
Tribute Album Charting Well
Mar 23, 2000 -
If you haven't purchased the Tribute To Van Halen album yet, you're
missing out on some great cover versions of classic Van Halen material.
The album was in the top 10 on the
Amazon sales chart
at the time of writing.
Purchase from amazon.co.uk
Ready To Rumble Update
Mar 24, 2000 -
I've received an artist and track listing for the Ready To Rumble soundtrack
and it doesn't include Van Halen. My apologies for the misleading information.
If you ordered the CD and now wish to cancel your order, go to
CDNOW, login to your account and
cancel your order.
While not included on the soundtrack album, Van Halen's Runnin' With The
Devil will be featured in the movie.
MTV Sums Up The Situation
Mar 29, 2000 -
MTV News has summed up the current VH situation
with a very well written article by Sorelle Saidman.
Click here to read it.
March 2000 News Archive
The Lack Of Recent News...
March 9, 2000 -
Believe me, I am just as frustrated as the rest of you about the
lack of news coming out of the Van Halen camp. Just remember: no
news is good news. Before you know it Van Halen will be all over the mainstream
press again, and you'll forget all about the recent slow times.
The only information that has come out in recently is the
confirmation that Sammy Hagar won't be rejoining Van Halen. This isn't
news to regular readers of the site. Hagar has made it clear since
Gary Cherone departed that he is focused 100% on his post-Van Halen solo
career, both as a musician and producer of fine tequila!
Sammy said on the Howard Stern show this week that he would be interested in
performing with Van Halen if they are inducted into the Rock 'n Roll
Hall Of Fame, but that would be as far as it went.
Last week I mentioned in the Snippets section that the
Las Vegas Sun
were predicting that members of Van Halen would be appearing at the Nascar race on Sunday
March 5. Their tip proved to be accurate. Michael Anthony was in attendance
with some friends.
Van Halen Tribute Released
March 10, 2000 -
The latest Van Halen tribute album was released on March 6 in Japan and Europe.
Produced by Bob Kulick, the album features many distinguished artists playing
faithful covers of your favourite David Lee Roth era Van Halen songs. For more
information, check the Dec 1999 archive page.
There is still no release date for the USA.
You can purchase the CD
via import from Amazon in the UK. At the time of writing, the CD was #41 in the Amazon
album sales chart!
Very soon, The Inside will be selling the Tribute
CD for a cheaper price. Stay tuned.
April 1, 1985 - Time Flies...
March 24, 2000 -
Believe it or not, we're approaching the 15th anniversary of David Lee Roth's
departure from Van Halen. Van Halen history says that David Lee Roth left the
band on April 1st, 1985 after recording six of the best rock albums of
all time with the Van Halen brothers and Michael Anthony.
Since then, David Lee Roth has released five studio albums, an autobiography, plus a
greatest hits compilation. He also gave a push to the careers of musicians
such as Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Gregg & Matt Bissonette, Brett Tuggle,
John Lowery and Mike Hartman.
On the other side of the split, Van Halen hired Sammy Hagar and continued
their outstanding success with four multi-platinum studio albums (all peaking
at #1), plus a live album and two live home video releases.
As Van Halen fans, you know that the relationship between Van Halen and
Sammy Hagar eventually soured, resulting in Hagar's sudden departure which
was announced on June 26, 1996. While being a slow year in terms of new material
being released, 1996 was a significant year because of the following events:
- Early 1996: Van Halen records two new songs for the Twister soundtrack:
Humans Being and the still unreleased Between Us Two. The latter was
never completed, so Edward and Alex wrote and recorded Respect The Wind
to take its place.
- June 26: Van Halen announce that they are in the studio with David Lee Roth. In the
same press release they confirm that Sammy Hagar is no longer with the band, and that
they are "currently considering a replacement".
- October 2: David Lee Roth releases his "open letter", stating that "Van Halen
and I will not be consummating our highly publicized reunion".
- October 3: Van Halen reply with their own press statement, revealing that they
had been working with another singer and would make a final decision when contract
considerations were resolved.
After the 1996 Van Halen/David Lee Roth split, both sides struggled to keep
the popularity and publicity they had been used to over the previous two decades.
Van Halen's inaugural effort, Van Halen III peaked at #4 on the album charts
and sold a disappointing 500,000 copies. Every previous Van Halen album had gone
multi-platinum (2 million+). Van Halen (1978) and 1984 have sold
more than 10 million copies each.
David Lee Roth was a little more productive, releasing his autobiography and
two albums post-1996. However, he failed to regain his legendary status in the current
musical climate. Both albums sold well under 100,000 copies each, and his 1999 tour,
while starting with some impressive crowds as a festival headliner in Europe, ended
up being limited to mostly club venues.
It's almost 5 months now since it was announced that Gary Cherone had
left Van Halen. As you know, the only official statement from the Van Halen
camp has been "no news is good news". Dave's official web site has been silent
since December 10.
If the silence from both camps continues until April 1, let's use that
day to appreciate all the music Van Halen and David Lee Roth have given
us over the past 20+ years. If the current reunion rumours are true, April
1, 2000 would be the coolest day to officially announce it.
July 4, 2000 - RFK Stadium?
March 27, 2000 -
Further to yesterdays report, all of the shows listed in the scan below
for RFK Stadium have been confirmed by Pollstar. Except for Van Halen!
Pollstar: RFK Stadium Dates
Pollstar: Dave Matthews Band Dates
March 26, 2000 -
The Van Halen reunion rumours are really starting to hot up. Last week I was
informed that an independent ticket broker had posted flyers to its members
advertising that Van Halen would be playing RFK Stadium in Washington DC on July
4. I obtained a scan of the flyer this morning and present it to you here.
One of the most persistant rumours over recent months has had Van Halen playing
the 80,000 seat FedEx Field in Landover, MD on July 4. This latest rumour
about a show at RFK Stadium obviously contradicts the previous one, but strengthens
the speculation that Van Halen are planning a full-on stadium assault if the alleged
reunion with David Lee Roth goes ahead.
The silence is still deafening from the Van Halen camp. Meanwhile, David Lee
Roth's Internet representatives are spreading the word via Dave's mailing list
that the Diamond one is currently working on the next DLR Band album.
Thanks to Steve Mcmahon for the scan.
March 30, 2000 -
I've done a few of these polls since last November, but I'm still interested in
how you, the fans, are reacting to all of the Van Halen rumours. If you haven't done
so already, check out this story
from MTV News. Of most interest is the following quote:
"sources close to band confirm that Roth and Van Halen are currently working together"
What do you think? Are you a believer? Have your say in the VHND Reunion poll below.
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