DLR on the Opie & Anthony Show: 50-60 shows in Europe and elsewhere

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March 12, 2013 at 6:09 am Quote #23552

Chris UK

Great news if it comes off! Obviously no festivals in the winter over here so they may have to play smaller venues than they are used to in the States. Whether they are prepared to do this remains to be seen, but selling out half a dozen medium sized venues of say 3000 capacity would be better than playing to a couple of half empty arenas IMO. Petrol is really expensive over here and people wont travel a long way to gigs anymore.

March 12, 2013 at 6:50 am Quote #23553


That is great news. It’s been over 15 years they did Europe. Most of us never saw them with Dave.
Keeping my fingers crossed, cause with Van Halen you never know what to believe or to expect.

March 12, 2013 at 11:50 am Quote #23557

Chris UK

The singer in my band emailed me earlier to say that he heard on Planet Rock Radio this morning that VH are going to annonuce a UK tour. I don’t have any other details than that. VH never made it to the UK with Cherone so it’ll be 18+ years since their previous visit!

March 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm Quote #23559


I love Dave, but those overalls, what the fuck?

March 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm Quote #23564


i think ill take it with a pinch of salt :?:

March 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm Quote #23565


They’ve been using this radio interview as a news link on Planet Rock Radio here in the UK today followed by a VH trilogy airplay, so let’s hope it’s not a load of bollocks from Dave, otherwise I think most of blighty will give the band two fingers after what happend in 98!

March 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm Quote #23568


March 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm Quote #23571


Dave’s starting to look like grandpa who just got off the tractor at the farm. Couldn’t look less like a rock star, but what the hey. He can still crack a smile.

The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!

March 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm Quote #23572



March 11, 2013 By Dana

David Lee Roth was a guest on today’s (March 11th) Sirius/XM’s The Opie And Anthony Show.

Highlights from the two hour conversation appear below as transcribed and edited by myself for the site. I apologize in advance for any errors on my part, I tried to do my best.

Roth discussing how the members of Van Halen are getting along and is there any conflict?:

“There is always conflict, I am not going to sugar coat it. In our band there is a constant back and forth, and at the same time, I think everybody’s more than old enough to really respect what we have been allowed to do…We just [keep] coming back.

..For Edward and I, there’s a lot of whatever that chemical that is in guys, we’ve never lost it. We are both competitive with ourselves personally to an [almost] obsessive compulsive [degree]. With or without Eddie Van Halen in my life, a lot of time is spent with my head in my hands going, ‘Come on Dave, come on,’ and [Eddie does] just as much, if not more so. But, when we come together there is that mutual support of ‘Wow, boy am I glad I met you. Wow!’ We’ve done some great stuff together and that also combines with ‘I think you’re in my space.’… The conflict was there from day one. It sustained from day one and has lasted for 35 years. Not a note from the symphony has changed. [But], it is that conflict [and] collision, that is the sound of Van Halen. It’s a mutual push/pull that can be found on the most colorful football [and] baseball teams.”

Speaking about how Wolfgang [Van Halen] is working out:

“He’s doing great. We had a great year of touring on the road.”

Does Wolfgang ever side with his father in times of conflict?:

“No, there is no side any more. In terms of picking the songs, it’s like a great pizza place, whatever’s on top, it’s all good.”

On his relationship with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony:

“We have no problems. I am proud of the stuff we did in the past. The vocals in Van Halen are as easily important as the rhythm section, production, what have you.”

Discussing why Roth opted for a solo career after the band’s 1984 album:

“The band was in disarray and we were all guilty and all the usual reasons why bands break up. It had a great effect on me..At this point in time, I have come full circle and I got a lot of those wild oats and crazy ideas out. I have gone out into the territory and came back. Now, I like things a little more predictable, and with Van Halen, I have that.”

Does Van Halen perform any David Lee Roth material live?:

“No. That’s Van Halen time.”

On guitarist Steve Vai, who was in Roth’s solo band:

“Steve came out of nowhere. He had been working in the shadows for a little bit with Frank Zappa, of all people. But, since then, he has really built a career.”

Speaking about whether there was competition between Van Halen featuring Sammy Hagar and Dave’s solo band:

“The one thing I learned from Richard Nixon was,’Never pay attention to the press. Never pay attention to reviews. Never look at pictures of yourself and try not to look at the competition much,’ and I have been pretty successful with that….In Rock N’ Roll we never really competed with other bands. We want to be the one you remember at the end of the night, but, you know, it wasn’t like sports. I was surprised when the competition between Van Halen and my solo band sprang up. I think that was a lot of our market friends getting involved. But, the band and I knew, that somewhere, ultimately, we were going to be back together at some point. They have to give us a star in some cement in front of some Vegas hotel someday. But, other bandmembers and other agents get involved and then it becomes a sling fest.”

Discussing how it felt to go from playing in front of 20,000 people to playing in front of 2,000 people:

“That will make you look in a mirror and confront exactly everything you don’t want to confront. ‘Mirror, mirror on the bathroom sink, you used to say my shit didn’t stink, you bitch.’”

Speaking about whether he ever ran out of money:

“No, but I did have to stay working. Playing state fairs, casinos, clubs, theaters, etc.. You what though? I do miss those state fairs, they’re a hoot.”

Did he ever get along with Sammy Hagar?:

“Um, no…well, define long.”

What about the Sam and Dave tour?:

“[That] was a collision course as well. We had our antagonisms, but…I think it was his people…I think our change up was dignified until agents, managers and other people got involved.”

March 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm Quote #23586



Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.

In comments picked up by multiple media outlets, Roth said on the Sirius Opie & Anthony radio show yesterday that Van Halen were “going to be playing Europe — probably 50 or 60 shows starting at the end of this year.”

Azoff begs to differ. “All the announced dates, which include the date in Australia, the dates in Japan and a date in Wisconsin, are confirmed and on sale and those are real,” Azoff tells Billboard exclusively. “I manage the Van Halens, and I know nothing about any European tour.”

While he wasn’t sure what Roth was talking about, Azoff confirms that Roth will indeed front the band that will play the scheduled dates, which include the Stone Music Festival in Sydney on April 20; June 21 at the Tokyo Dome, and June 24 and 26 at Osaka’s City Central Gymnasium.

Van Halen will also headline the final night of Rock USA festival July 20 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wis.

The band played 46 shows last year and grossed $54 million, with attendance of 522,296, according to Billboard Boxscore, eighth among all touring acts for the year.

On the recording front, Wolfgang Van Halen recently told Billboard that the group is open to following up 2012′s “A Different Kind of Truth,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in February.

“Oh yeah, there’s plenty of other ideas laying around, and some new stuff that we’ve been working on, too,” Van Halen says. “You never know what’ll happen.”

March 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm Quote #23587


Shit no good for Europe fans at the pressent

EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.

March 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm Quote #23588


It was too good to be true… :roll:

March 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm Quote #23590


just because management says it ain’t so doesn’t mean it is. they just may not be prepared to release the info yet. It may just be Dave jumping the gun.

March 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm Quote #23591

March 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm Quote #23592


oops! I’m too late!


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