December 31, 2000 -
2000 has come and gone, and I don't have to tell you that it was probably
the most frustrating year ever in the life of Van Halen fans. "No news is
good news" got old real fast. Rumours about the band came and went
frequently. Sammy Hagar got on with the job, but Van Halen and David Lee
Roth decided to keep their fans in the dark.
Despite the lack of real news, traffic on this site continued to increase. On the busiest day
this year, the Van Halen News Desk was visited 44,630 times. Average traffic increased from 6,000
to over 13,000 daily unique visitors.
Now that the year has come to a close, I present to you the year in review.
The year 2000, as seen by the Van Halen News Desk. Happy New Year!
October 1999 -
Van Halen fans are treated with the first new guitar work from Edward Van Halen since
Van Halen III, in the form of a duet with Roger Waters, titled Lost Boys Calling.
Wire services report that David Lee Roth is suing his former manager, Edmund "Big Ed" Anderson,
for allegedly creating a Web site to sell his memorabilia.
November 1999 -
Gary Cherone departs as the lead singer of Van Halen.
In a press release announcing Cherone's exit, the band say the split "was both mutual and
amicable" and "they remain good friends". Cherone keeps busy during 2000 with acting commitments
on both the stage and screen. He also forms a new band and records an album that is expected
to be released early in 2001.
The minute that Gary Cherone's departure is officially announced, fans begin speculating
about whether he will be replaced by David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar. Hagar makes his feelings about
a reunion very clear from the start. One quote reads: "If they called me up, I would puke."
Roth, on the other hand, spends the entire year 2000 in the cone of silence. Fortunately for us fans, his
cone of silence is about as reliable as the one used by Maxwell Smart and the Chief in the
classic television series, Get Smart.
Roth keeps busy during November by continuing to tour, despite receiving eleven death threats while
in Lubbock, Texas. Edward Van Halen undergoes hip replacement surgery on November 16, and records the
whole thing on audio tape! Van Halen releases their Video Hits Volume 1 compilation on DVD.
Sammy Hagar gets most of his hair cut off on the Jay Leno show.
December 1999 -
Rumours emerge that David Coverdale will be the new lead singer in Van Halen.
VH1 and Rolling Stone are among the notables reporting the story. Van Halen's media blackout helps
the false rumour to spread. Sammy Hagar releases a new single with Mickey Hart on the Internet, titled
Code War Y2K.
On December 27, David Lee Roth records Ashley Abernathy, a song for a girl by the same name who
is suffering from Leukemia.
January 2000 -
David Lee Roth plays his last shows with his "DLR Band" in early January. Within weeks of these
final gigs, speculation about his return to Van Halen is reported on every major Internet music
news site. His official site reports that the next project for Dave is a new
DLR Band album, due for release by "summer at the latest".
February 2000 -
Nothing much happens, so the VHND gets a new design. The rumoured appearance
by the reunited Van Halen at the Grammys doesn't happen.
March 2000 -
Michael Anthony is spotted at a Nascar race. The Bob Kulick-produced Van Halen tribute
album is released in the UK to rave reviews by fans. A ticket broker sends out a flyer to
subscribers stating that Van Halen will be playing RFK Stadium on July 4.
April 2000 -
The VHND has a poll asking visitors if they believe Dave is back. Almost 24,000 people
respond, with 70% saying YES. Sammy Hagar launches his cabowabo.com
web site, and announces that he has begun working on another new album. Four songs have
been recorded and are being shopped around various labels.
The Van Halen tribute album Runnin' With The Devil,
is released in the USA. (This isn't the same as the album produced by Bob Kulick.)
Rumours about the split of David Lee Roth's solo band prove to be true when drummer Ray Luzier
announces that he has joined The Nixons. It is later speculated that Dave's band
were dismissed in mid-February.
May 2000 -
David Lee Roth's official site is relaunched. Van Halen and Sammy Hagar appear on
The Simpsons in an episode titled Behind The Laughter.
News leaks out that Edward Van Halen is participating in a clinical trial at the
MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
June 2000 -
Sammy Hagar starts his own label, Cabo Wabo Records. The Trump Marina casino in
Atlantic City issues a $10 Van Halen chip. The photo on the chip features the
1998 lineup of the band.
The Official Van Halen site is relaunched. Days earlier, some fans are able to view the
new design before it is unveiled, after someone stumbled across a secret subdirectory
containing the new site. Fans who thought the promise of "all the Van Halen you can handle -
in cyberspace and beyond" meant that there would be an announcement are again disappointed.
July 2000 -
Mike Hartman, one of the three guitarists to appear on David Lee Roth's DLR Band
album, dies from complications due to Cystic Fibrosis.
Warner Bros. Records announces that the first six Van Halen albums will be
re-issued with remastered music, original artwork and liner notes. Launch
tries to convince its readers that the Van Halen reunion with David Lee Roth
was not happening with this article.
A new interview with Michael Anthony is printed in the inaugural issue of Yamaha's
All Access trade magazine. When quizzed about the Van Halen singer situation,
Mike says "It's a name people will know."
A rumour circulates that the new Van Halen album will be titled Tabula Rasa.
David Lee Roth's official site launches the "Miss Slawterhouse Summer 2000" beauty
pageant. Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys tells the Boston Herald that his favourite
cover version of one of his songs is David Lee Roth's remake of California Girls.
When quizzed during a nationwide radio broadcast about who would replace him as lead
singer of Van Halen, Gary Cherone replies "I think we all know who the singer is going to be".
August 2000 -
David Lee Roth holds an auction on his official site for the only other copy of the
Ashley Abernathy single, raising $3,300 for charity. Dave is also featured
on the cover of Spin magazine, and in a new television commercial for Gateway computers.
On the last day of the month, an unreleased song titled "Seriously Affected" makes
its debut on Dave's web site.
Edward Van Halen is spotted at the Britney Spears concert at the LA Forum with
his wife, Valerie and son, Wolfgang.
September 2000 -
The first six remastered Van Halen albums are released. The official Van Halen
site has a remasters competition, with the winner receiving all six remastered albums,
signed by the band. David Lee Roth's signature is notably absent.
MTV deliveres the ultimate snub to Van Halen and their fans when they include our favourite
band in the VMA Awards tribute to the "artists no longer with us". Others included in the
"tribute" are Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer.
Sammy Hagar tells interviewers that David Lee Roth has been kicked out of Van Halen again
after completing only 4 songs. Sammy's entire Ten 13 album is found on Napster.
October 2000 -
It is revealed that an unknown singer named Mitch Molloy was offered the job as lead singer
of Van Halen before Gary Cherone.
Sammy Hagar is all over the place, promoting his new album, Ten 13, which is released
on October 24. Sammy reveals in an interview that he is working on his autobiography and
plans to release it sometime in 2001. The first six dates of Sammy's tour are cancelled.
The hot rod driven by David Lee Roth in Van Halen's Hot For Teacher video is put up
for auction at Dave's site.
November 2000 -
Sammy Hagar's new album debuts at #52 on the Billboard album chart with sales of 25,061.
Let Sally Drive, the second single from the album, is released on mp3.com.
David Lee Roth releases Look At All The People Here Tonight to radio via a secret
link on his web site. Radio doesn't play it and many fans ask "WAWAZAT!!". A few days later,
Dave is spotted with old bandmate, Billy Sheehan at a Hollywood club catching a band called Floor.
While doing a promo interview for his new solo album, David Coverdale again denys
that he has ever worked with Van Halen. He goes on to say that he'd heard the previous
day that David Lee Roth is back in the band.
Edward, Valerie and Wolfgang Van Halen are spotted at the 'N Sync concert at the
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
December 2000 -
David Lee Roth is spotted leaving the Atomic Punks gig at Scruffy O'Sheas early. Michael
Anthony is allegedly in attendance at the Sammy Hagar gig at the Universal Amphitheater
on the same night.
Rumours of a Van Halen concert booking at the yet-to-be-finished Starlight Amphitheater in 2001
are confirmed to callers of a hotline set up for the new venue. A press release is issued the
following day to deny all.