And the Stadiums Will Rock
  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2007

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Today, we’ve got more news from R’n’R Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen. According to Billboard, CNN, Yahoo, and approximately seven thousand bloggers, the band has almost confirmed a reunion with original lead singer David Lee Roth for a stadium amphitheater tour. All that's left is the finalization of a contract, which - admittedly - can take awhile. But come on, boys: let's do it right now. Hey, it's your tomorrow...

It’s been more than 20 years since Roth has officially performed with Eddie and company, who replaced him with the afro-rocking Sammy Hagar in 1985. The original lineup did briefly reconvene in 1996 to record two new songs for Van Halen’s greatest hits collection, but a spat at that year’s MTV Video Music Awards ended any touring plans.

BUT, in keeping with the Van Halen tradition, there’s a catch: Roth’s inclusion still won’t complete the original lineup. There’s still the pesky little fact that bassist Michael Anthony isn’t in the band anymore. Instead, Eddie Van Halen has brought aboard his son, Wolfgang, who’s all of fifteen years old. Anthony’s high harmonies will be missed, not to mention his signature mullet and custom-made Jack Daniel’s bass. And man, Wolfgang is really gonna grow up fast on this tour…

SFGate.com shows us what we can expect when the band hits the road later this year.


Then and now. Wow.


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