December 2, 1999 -
A report published in the December 1 edition of
USA Today has revealed
new details about Eddie Van Halen's hip surgery last month.
The surgery was performed by orthopedic surgeon John R. Moreland
on November 16 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
Dr. Moreland has performed similar procedures for Elizabeth Taylor
and Liza Minelli.
The report also reveals that Eddie was awake for the entire
one hour procedure! He was given an epidural rather than a general
anesthetic at his request. The other unusual aspect of the operation
was that Eddie made an audio recording of the whole thing. "Maybe
he'll use it on an album", commented Dr. Moreland.
Eddie may face another arthroplasty (hip replacement surgery) in
the future, as his left hip has been diagnosed with similar
Link: USA Today Report
Van Halen Y2K Tribute
December 15, 1999 -
The first Van Halen release of Y2K will feature none of the current
members of Van Halen. Yes, yet another Van Halen
tribute album has been completed!
Produced by Bob Kulick, this album promises to be the most faithful
tribute to Van Halen so far. Every track will feature some of
the world's best musicians and vocalists. The preliminary track
and musician listing is as follows:
Vocals: Jack Russell, guitars: Dweezil Zappa, bass: Marco Mendoza,
drums: Eric Singer
Hot For Teacher
Vocals: John Corabi, guitars: Bruce Kulick, bass: Tony Franklin, drums:
Runnin' With The Devil
Vocals: Steven Pearcy, guitars: Jake E. Lee, bass: Tim Bogert, drums:
Dance The Night Away
Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner, guitars: Reb Beach, bass: Marco Mendoza, drums:
Vocals: Jani Lane, guitars: George Lynch, bass: Tony Franklin, drums:
So This Is Love?
Vocal: Jeff Scott Soto, guitars: Blues Saraceno, bass: Tony Franklin,
drums: Eric Singer
Vocals: David Glen Eisleym, guitars: Mitch Perry, bass: Marco Mendoza,
drums: Eric Singer
I'm The One
Vocals: Mark Slaughter, guitars: Dough Aldrich, bass: Tim Bogert, drums:
Vocals: Fee Waybill, guitars: Brad Gillis, bass: Tim Bogert, drums:
(Oh) Pretty Woman
Vocals: Gunnar and Matt Nelson, guitars: Albert Lee, bass: Tony Levin,
Drums: Aynsley Dunbar
Light Up The Sky
Vocals: Doug Pinnick, guitars: Yngwie Malmsteen, bass: Billy Sheehan,
drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
The album should be released worldwide in March 2000. More
details will be forthcoming in the new year.
DLR To Release Live Album
December 16, 1999 -
The next DLR Band release will most likely be a live album. All of
the current shows are being recorded and are in contention to be
included on the disc.
After the success of the DLR Band album (~51,000 copies sold according
to Sound Scan - very impressive for an independent label), Dave is
keen to keep his fans occupied during the hiatus between the end of this
tour and the release of the next DLR Band studio album.
Ted Templeman still hasn't been confirmed as producer of Dave's
next studio album, but is tipped as the most likely candidate if
everything goes to plan.
As I've reported here in the past, John Lowery has been writing
material for the new album with Dave. It's unlikely Lowery will
play on the new album due to his commitment to his current gig, Marilyn
Manson. Bart Walsh and Terry Kilgore are expected to handle all
DLR Band photo by Mike Hodge - © 1999
The Hagar/Hart Project
December 17, 1999 -
Sammy Hagar and
Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead)
have recorded a new
song and released it exclusively on the Internet. Titled
Code War Y2K, the song can be downloaded free from
The focus of the song is, of course, Y2K:
- "Welcome to the start of the big unknown"
- "Gonna be a real long night, gonna be a real strange day."
- "Are you ready?"
- "I'm gonna party all the way, party on to Y2K"
To listen to the song, click on one of the links below:
Hagar/Hart at mp3.com
Grateful Dead MP3 Download Site
Special thanks to Tim-o-thy for breaking the story.
Sammy's Christmas Message
December 18, 1999 -
Sammy Hagar has posted a special holiday message on his
official web site.
In the message he thanks his fans for "the best tour of my life"
and outlines his plans for the new year.
Hagar plans to get a new song out by Summer 2000, do a short tour with
his band, The Waboritas, then work on their next album.
Rolling Stone Poll
December 20, 1999 -
Rolling Stone are conducting "the last poll of the century" on
their web site. The poll asks you to choose your favourite
artist/band, album, song and musical event of the century.
Van Halen are nominated as one of the bands of the century.
At the time of writing they are approximately 26,000 votes behind
U2 and Guns N' Roses. With your help, we can push Van Halen
up towards the top of the list. To vote, click on the link below.
Rolling Stone: Vote | Current Totals
Sam & Dave Tour? No Way!
December 22, 1999 -
David Lee Roth's Internet spokespeople have put an end to the speculation
that Van Halen may have a reunion tour with both David Lee Roth and Sammy
Hagar. When the question was put to the David Lee Roth Mailing List
(DLRML), the answer left no doubt about Dave's feelings on the issue:
The one thing you be COMPLETELY certain of is that scenario will
Dave and his band have demoed almost two dozen new songs for the
next DLR Band album, due for release in 2000. More details are
promised as soon as formal recording begins.
In the near future, fans can look forward to a new DLR merchandise
web site, and a new episode of Dave TV.
DLR Band - December 17, 1999. Photo by BENJ-SPORTATORIUM, MLOCKLIN - © 1999
See You In 2000!
December 29, 1999 -
It's been another big year of Van Halen news! I hope you've enjoyed
visiting this site in 1999, and look forward to keeping you up to date
with Van Halen and their ex-members in 2000.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed news and information over the
past 12 months. Special thanks to the David Lee Roth fans who submitted
reviews and photos from all of Dave's shows this year. Your contributions
helped raise awareness that Dave's career is far from over. Look for a
special report from a private DLR Band gig early in the new year.
I'm off on a two week break, so there will be no updates until
I get back. If Van Halen announce anything, I'll be in a place
where there is no Internet, so don't have a cow if it's not reported