October 3, 2000 -
Yesterday marked the 4 year anniversary of David Lee Roth's "Open Letter"
to his fans. No words can describe the feelings Dave expressed in his letter, so I'll
just reprint it to refresh your memories:
October 2, 1996
To whom this may concern,
You've probably heard rumors that Van Halen and I will not be consummating our
highly publicized reunion. And since neither Edward, Alex, nor Michael have corroborated
or denied the gossip, I would like to go on record with the following: Eddie did it.
It's no secret, nor am I ashamed of my unbashed rapture at the prospect of resurrecting
the original Van Halen. A "couple of songs" was all I knew for sure when Edward and I
got together three months ago to write them. At that time, the band tip-toed around me
sprinkling sentiments like, "this isn't sure thing, Dave: this doesn't mean anything
long term, Dave; we're still auditioning other singers, Dave." I was cool. I was happy.
I was in the moment.
The next thing I knew, the four of us are doing surprise walk-on at the MTV Awards. I
told Edward at that time that I didn't think it was a good idea for the band to go to
New York half-cocked; and that I didn't want to Imply by our presence that we were
"back" if in fact it was just a quickle for old time's sake.
Well ain't hind sight always 20/20...Had I asked for something in writing, this wouldn't
have happened. Had I acknowledged the occasional icy grip in my stomach, maybe this
wouldn't have happened. But I didn't. Like I said--rapture. And, I love these guys. Do
I trust them? That question never entered my mind.
Then, a series of events last week led me to discover at about the same time the press
did, that the band, along with their manager, had already hired another lead singer,
possibly as long as three months ago. I wonder how he felt the night of the MTV Awards.
It certainly explains why on that night Edward looked as uncomfortable as a man who just
signed a deal with The Devil. I can't think of a reason Edward would lie to me about
being considered for the lead singer when he had already hired someone, and then let
me appear on MTV under the impression that there was great likelihood that Van Halen and
I were reuniting. As I said, I told him in no uncertain terms that I didn't want to do
the MTV gig as a band unless we were in fact, a band.
And so I apologize to my fans and my supporters, and to MTV. I was an unwitting
participant in this deception. It sickens me that the "reunion" as seen on MTV was
nothing more than a publicity stunt. If I am guilty of anything, I'm guilty of denial.
I wanted to believe it just as much as anyone else. Those who know me know that trickery
was never my style.
Dave's open letter was followed by a press release from Eddie, Alex and Mike
the next day:
We parted company with David Lee Roth 11 years ago for many reasons. In his open letter
of October 2nd, we were reminded of some of them. The intention all along was to do two
new songs with Dave for the Best Of Volume 1 package. He was never lead to believe
anything but that. When the four of us were asked by MTV and Warner Bros. to present
an award at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, the four of us agreed.
Dave was never an "unwitting participant". We appeared in public just as we do before
releasing any other Van Halen record. For the last two weeks we have been working with
someone who we hope will be part of the future of Van Halen, although no final decision
can be announced until contractual considerations have been resolved.
Van Halen will go forward and create the best possible music that we can.
Edward, Alex, Michael
The unnamed person mentioned in Van Halen's response was, of course, Gary Cherone.
As you all know, things didn't work out with Gary and he departed from the
band in November 1999. Van Halen have given their fans no official confirmation of
who the new singer is. This "no news is good news" policy, and the silence of David Lee
Roth has led fans to only one conclusion: Dave is back.
In an interview on WRIF's "Drew and Mike" show on October 4
(1996), Eddie revealed that Gary Cherone wasn't the only person (apart from David Lee Roth)
in the running for the lead singer job. He declined to name the other singer
who auditioned. Earlier this year, a Van Halen insider posted to the
VHLinks Message Board that the other singer who
auditioned for the job was a guy by the name of
Mitch was recently interviewed by Andrew McNeice of
melodicrock.com to promote his new album,
Shine. Mitch spoke openly about his time with Van Halen in the interview,
and revealed that he was actually given the job before Gary, but knocked it back.
He also told Andrew that after he declinded the Van Halen gig, Eddie asked him who
he thought should be the singer. Mitch suggested David Lee Roth!
The interview is a great read, and provides another insight into the whole
1996 reunion fiasco. If you've got a minute, you can read the interview
Finally, I'm asking all Van Halen fans to please keep your chins up. Although the
band have been silent for almost a year, and many of you are unhappy about
being kept in the dark, all the signs are still pointing to a new studio album
being released soon. Some are saying it may be out in January 2001.
David Coverdale, Valerie Speaks, New Message Board, Dave's Birthday
October 10, 2000 -
David Coverdale has addressed the false rumours that he is the new singer for
Van Halen. If you've been following this site since Gary Cherone departed, you'll know that
the rumour was found to be false last December.
Unfortunately, the climate of "no news is good news" from Van Halen led to the rumour resurfacing
several times on message boards over the course of the year.
During a recent internet chat to
promote his new album, Into The Light, the Van Halen rumour was brought up by a fan with the handle
JohnBoy: Would you ever consider working with Eddie Van Halen?
David Coverdale: I would LOVE to do a project with Edward Van Halen. He is one of the most exciting
and stimulating musicians I have ever heard. I must add, that there is absolutely no basis of truth or
any foundation in the rumors of me joining Van Halen. The last time I saw Edward in person, was in my
hotel room in 1993, whilst I was working with Jimmy Page. Jimmy and I were having tea; Edward chose to
have a beer.
Eddie's wife, Valerie spent last week doing the media rounds to promote her latest film, Personally Yours,
which aired on CBS last Sunday night. DJ Elliot brought up Van Halen with the question:
"what's your husband up to these days?" Several listeners emailed me with reports about
what was said, but none contained actual quotes, so it's hard for me to give an accurate
report. That said, the impression the listeners got from the interview was that David Lee Roth
is back in Van Halen and they will tour in 2001.
The official VH site has just added a new section
titled The Pleasure Dome. The new section is an interactive message board, using
the same software as the VHLinks, DLR Army
and official DLR site message boards.
Finally for today, I'd like to wish David Lee Roth and my sister, Andrea a happy 46th birthday!
(Andrea is 27). If you think Dave is only 45, read this!.
It's still a relatively unknown fact that the band lied about their ages in the earlier years.
Mike was born in 1954 (not 1955). Likewise with Dave. Alex and Edward were born in 1953 and 1955
respectively, not 1955 and 1957. I hope this helps to prevent my mailbox being filled tomorrow
The Van Halen Store Opens
October 11, 2000 -
Just in time for Diamond Dave's birthday comes the grand opening of the
Van Halen Store. This all-new web
site comes to you from the guys at The Inside magazine. To celebrate the
opening, the store is offering a free "Van Halenized" mousepad (right) with
your first order.
The Van Halen Store contains over 150 items of official merchandise, mostly from
the David Lee Roth era. Other features include:
- Secure server. No credit card risk.
- A familiar shopping cart system. No more writing down item codes!
- A section dedicated to new items, including the newly remastered Roth-era
albums for the cheapest price on the net.
- Catalog search.
- Comprehensive reviews of each issue of The Inside magazine.
- Apparel, caps, books, CDs, videos, posters, collectibles, accessories - everything a Van Halen
fanatic would ever want!
The next time you need to make a Van Halen purchase, remember this address:
Secret Roth Gig At The Viper Room Tonight?
October 16, 2000 -
The hottest rumour going around at the moment is that David Lee Roth will do a surprise
gig at the Viper Room in Hollywood, CA tonight.
The rumour first surfaced late last week over at
KNAC.COM, then spread across
the VH/DLR message boards over the weekend. The Viper Room's phone machine
has a message stating that a "secret surprise special guest" will be opening
for regular Monday night band, Metalshop.
Unlike the dozens of other rumours that have been going around this year, this
one will quickly be proven true or false, tonight! Although the Viper Room
is only a small club, it's likely that one or more friends of this site will
be at the show. If it happens, look for a full report here after the gig!
Viper Room: No Roth
October 17, 2000 -
Yet another rumour bites the dust! David Lee Roth didn't appear at the Viper Room
last night. The wait continues...
October 19, 2000 -
On September 18 I posted part of a Sammy Hagar interview conducted by Rob Putnam for
Music Connection magazine. The full interview
hits the street today. Click here
to find out where to pick up the magazine in your town. Rob has allowed me to reprint a
couple of questions here as a sneak preview...
RP: Are there any songs that you're most proud of?
Hagar: I thought lyrically the Van Halen song "Right Now" was a classic
statement. "I Can't Drive 55" was also a favorite. It wasn't a gimmick, it was about me being a car
guy. The first song I ever wrote was "Bad Motor Scooter." That's a legitimate, for real song. Then
there's "Kama," from "Marching to Mars." That was about the birth of my daughter, which had a
profound effect on me. It nailed the meaning of her name, which is the Sanskrit word for love.
I still get goose bumps about it.
RP: How do you feel about Napster ?
Hagar: I think it's fabulous technology, but it's being misused a bit. I
spend a lot of time and money -- sometimes millions of dollars and a year of my life -- to make a record.
It doesn't matter how much money you have, it's a question of ownership. Unless you choose to give that
away, I don't think that someone has the right to take it. If someone had a master key to every
brand-new Ford truck made and went to the factory and gave everybody keys, they'd go to jail. Trucks
cost about $20,000. One song on our record could cost $60,000 to make. But the real issue is that the
record companies will ultimately control it, make money and not share it with the artists, just
like they did with MP3. That's more criminal than Napster.
RP: Do you think you'll ever resolve things with Eddie Van Halen? Would
you like to?
For the rest of the interview, pick up Music Connection magazine, circulated throughout the world.
In other Sammy news, look for the Red Rocker to kick off "The NFL Today" on CBS this Sunday
with a live performance at 12pm ET. For full details, check out the
In addition to his Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash tour dates, Sammy and
his band will be joining Ted Nugent for his annual Whiplash Bash on New Years Eve
at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.
Be sure to login to Yahoo Chat
on October 24 at 9pm ET for a live Internet chat session with Sammy.
Yet another interview with Sammy showed up on the wires yesterday.
for "Five Questions With Sammy Hagar" by AP writer, Chelsea J. Carter.
Check out David Lee Roth's web site for his latest
Daily Catastrophe. If you missed
the first installment, you can view it by clicking on this link.
Also, entries are now open for Dave's "Miss Slawterhouse Fall 2000" contest.
Finally for today, the only piece of Van Halen info I could dig up was the Boylans Beer
commercial! It could be old news, but I haven't seen it before. Plus, it's not
as if Van Halen are flooding my mailbox with press releases like Hagar and
Roth's people are at the moment (thanks, guys), so this is about as close
it gets to news in the current climate.
Click here to view the beer commercial.
this link was sent to me today.
Remember the competition to win the autographed Van Halen remasters at the official VH site? Well, the CDs
were signed by Eddie, Alex and Mike...
For Sale: The Hot Rod From "Hot For Teacher"
October 26, 2000 -
Remember the cool car driven by David Lee Roth towards the end of the Hot For Teacher video?
Well, it's for sale. From November 1, the car will be auctioned at
Everybody Wants Some!! - the auction
section of davidleeroth.com.
The car is known as Tom's Tub Two, and even has its own web site.
On the site you will find technical information, car history, photos and
inspection reports - everything you need to know about the car. For more
details, click here.
While I'm on the subject of the Hot For Teacher video, I was recently
contacted by a journalist who is searching for the woman who played the teacher
in the video. He was asked to write an article for a magazine on the theme
of "hotties from the 70's, 80's and 90's", and specifically, the teacher
from the famous Van Halen video.
If any readers out there know the model who played the teacher back in 1984, or
know how we can get in contact with her, please email me
and I'll pass the details on to the journalist. Thanks!
October 27, 2000 - Update! Thanks to those who responded to my
call for information on the Hot For Teacher girl. It seems that the woman in
question was Janet Jones, wife of Wayne Gretzky.
Sammy Hagar: "I Would Do It"
October 25, 2000 -
Sammy Hagar and his wife, Kari entering the Glamour Magazine 2000 Women of the Year
event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, October 23, 2000. Sammy was a guest
of singer Sheryl Crow who was being honored that night for her work on the Campaign for
a landmine-free world. Photo by Mitch Gerber, NY correspondent for the VHND.
October 27, 2000 -
Sammy Hagar was the special guest on Rockline this past Wednesday night. Still feeling the
effects of a cold, Hagar's voice managed to struggle through the hour-long interview.
The topic of Van Halen was brought up by host, Bob Coburn...
BC: You were back in the news again, with Van Halen people
asking if you were going back in the band. What was your answer, for those that may not
have read or heard?
SH: Well, first of all, no-one's asked me to go back in the band.
It's not my dream come true or anything right now, that's for sure.
I'm so happy with my new CD. I'm so happy with the Waboritas.
I think the Waboritas are the best band I've ever been in in my life, and I mean that. I'm
not trying to compare them with Van Halen. It's two different things. What we do is pure
fun. Pure rock n roll, it's just so honest that I don't think I could ever be in a big-time
business band again. Unless the Stones asked me to join, OK? But other than
that, it's really true. I've just decided that the fans that came from Montrose, through
Van Halen out the back door with me and are still here with me, my 427,000 fans or
whatever my last record sold, those fans are a lot more important to me than Van Halen
or anything else, and I don't think they really want me to go back in Van Halen. And if
they told me they did, and they (Van Halen) asked me to come back, I would do it if the
fans said, if I put a poll on my web site, and if it was unanimous that they wanted me
to do it, and they asked me, I'd do it. If they said they don't want me to do it, there's
no amount of money, even if I wanted to do it, I'll never betray those fans again because
they were right there with me when I got kicked out of that band, so I figure we're buddies
for life now.
Later in the interview, Sammy revealed that he's in the middle of writing his autobiography.
The working title is The Long Road To Cabo, and is expected to be released in 2001.
You can listen to the full interview in Real Audio at Sammy's web site.