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    David Lee Roth reunited with Van Halen?

    A deal is almost set for David Lee Roth to return to the Van Halen fold for a summer tour of amphitheaters, sources told Billboard.com

    They said a contract could be signed as early as Wednesday for tour promoter Live Nation to produce a 40-date trek, which would mark Roth's first outing with the rock band in more than 20 years.

    Spokeswomen for Roth and the band said they were unable to provide any confirmation.

    Guitarist Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son Wolfgang has stepped in for original bassist Michael Anthony in the new incarnation of the group, which also features Eddie's brother Alex Van Halen on drums.

    Van Halen last toured in 2004 with vocalist Sammy Hagar, Roth's replacement, grossing nearly $40 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. Hagar refused to collaborate further with the Van Halen brothers after the tour's completion, although he has consistently played live with Anthony in recent years. The warring factions may wind up meeting in public in March when Van Halen is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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    If Roth...

    ...is back, then Van Halen is Van Halen again. Hagar is was good but the band lost something without Roth.I'll miss Anthony, but Wolfie being in the band would be cool.
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    I was a huge VH fan back in the day, but never went to a show and regretted it.

    Without Michael Anthony's upper-register backing vocals, I don't know. Mike's voice was the key to a lot of VH's harmonies. I don't know if Wolfgang can hang with performing night after night like that. Plus Eddie is pretty burnt out.

    Plus I guarantee tickets will start at $100+. I haven't gone to many concerts lately due to the steep ticket prices, just not worth it IMHO.

    I guess we will have to see how they do at their Rock 'n' Roll Hall of fame performance...

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    I saw both...Van Halen and Van Hagar. Both were good for their respective times.

    I do remember hearing about Michael Anthony jumping ship, and agree that he is a vital (if subtle) part of the band. That one surprised me. Did the reported EVH control-freak persona finally get to him or is he just content to just be retired? Either way, I'd pay to see Diamond Dave onstage with the brothers again.

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    That would be cool, but what about David's budding bluegrass career? What will happen to his bluegrass fans?


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    I saw Van Hagar on the 5150 tour in St. Louis in... 1986? It really was a great show. Kinda funny to think that their new bass player wasn't even born yet the last time I saw them

    The new show could be good fun, or it could be awful. But with modern ticket prices... well... I'd rather just go down to the local pub and hear a local act for free. Half the time it's better music anyway.

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    I'm not sure how I feel about this... On the surface it seems like people will pay TWICE as much as they should for tickets to see a band that is maybe HALF as good as they used to be. Not good value for money if you ask me. That said, I hope they prove me wrong... My gut tells me that they are throwing young Wolfie to the dogs though.
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    saw them in their hey day

    a couple times including their first US Tour. Have no need to see this, it would probably just ruin all my good memories
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muldoon54
    That would be cool, but what about David's budding bluegrass career? What will happen to his bluegrass fans?


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    Quote Originally Posted by atpjunkie
    Have no need to see this, it would probably just ruin all my good memories

    I never liked Van Hagar but I think you're dead on about this reunion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenB
    I never liked Van Hagar but I think you're dead on about this reunion.
    Saw the Hagar/Roth tour a couple of summers ago. Here is the thing...Roth's voice is shot...he was the weakest link in a twilight zonish cover band of himself. Hagar (whom I enjoy) still had his voice, and performed like a headliner. While Roth, squeeked out with what is left of his voice prancing around like a 50 somethingish cartoonish version of himself--much of the crowd was less than entertained--lets say...some uncomfortable silences after some particularly poorly done versions of VH tunes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texass4
    I saw both...Van Halen and Van Hagar. Both were good for their respective times.

    I do remember hearing about Michael Anthony jumping ship, and agree that he is a vital (if subtle) part of the band. That one surprised me. Did the reported EVH control-freak persona finally get to him or is he just content to just be retired? Either way, I'd pay to see Diamond Dave onstage with the brothers again.
    The rumor was Ed canned him because he decided to remain friendly with Sammy.

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    Sad thing is, have you seen Ed lately? He's in terrible shape. The "interview" DVD
    that came with the latest issue of Guitar World shows a guy in terrible health, still
    insisting on smoking after cancer and his best playing days are behind him I think.

    Might be worth watching the inevitable trainwreck though.

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    meh...I pretty much gave up on VH when they released crap like Jump. Roth has been back with them off and on--suppose he needs the money now that his radio gig failed. They are washed up has-beens. One virtuoso guitar player does not a band make.
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    meh is right.

    the album 1984 signaled the end of that band. there was some srsly crappy, unbelievably radio friendly music on that record. look back at the albums before it and compare those songs.
    before "1984" they were different and ahead of the curve....with 1984 and after, straight to meh-dom.

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    yawn

    the DLR radio show was one of the worst shows in the history of radio. it was unlistenable, like virtually everything else that comes out of that guys mouth. the rest of them need to give it up too. double kick drums and 27 minute ego stroking guitar solo's are so 1986. has-beens is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatsmybush
    Saw the Hagar/Roth tour a couple of summers ago. Here is the thing...Roth's voice is shot...he was the weakest link in a twilight zonish cover band of himself. Hagar (whom I enjoy) still had his voice, and performed like a headliner. While Roth, squeeked out with what is left of his voice prancing around like a 50 somethingish cartoonish version of himself--much of the crowd was less than entertained--lets say...some uncomfortable silences after some particularly poorly done versions of VH tunes.

    Years ago, Howard Stern was talking about DLR.... and how he was supposedly down in the dumps, doing meanial work. The quote went something like "Yeah, David Lee Roth, he went from Van Halen to van driver."

    That was, of course, before DLR started hanging out with Howard.


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    there is something desperately sad

    in aging cck-rock. tmb is right, Roth's voice is gone and watching a balding old, worn out man try to revive the swagger of his youth is depressing.
    Michael Anthony was the spine of that group, and like a good spine he's the only one who didn't bend to this trainwreck in the making. ya'll are right, as soon as eddy touched a frickin keyboard it was over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenB
    Years ago, Howard Stern was talking about DLR.... and how he was supposedly down in the dumps, doing meanial work. The quote went something like "Yeah, David Lee Roth, he went from Van Halen to van driver."

    That was, of course, before DLR started hanging out with Howard.
    DLR was working as an EMT for a while, supposedly not because he needed to but because he wanted to. That's probably what the "van driver" comment was about.

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    I saw them twice--Diver Down and 1984 tours, and that's enough. Like others, I have no hankering to tarnish the memories.

    In fact, and I know this is heresy--it even feels like it to me--I've been listening to VH some lately, since they're on my iPod, and I have to admit this: Dave never was that good. Yeah, he's absolutely right for the attitude of the band, but he's a crummy singer, and was a bit much on a lot of songs. I will never surrender the songs that really came off right, but honestly, Dave ruined a couple too.

    I hated Van Halen with Sammy--so very weak--but he IS a much better singer.
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    Outta Love Again

    Too little too late.

    Dave seemed at home in Vegas though. Diamond Dave and Disco Stu!
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    Seen DLR lately?

    I saw him briefly in an ad for some interview or something and I don't think I've ever seen a more pathetic drug-addled face on TV before. I'd wait to hear reviews on any shows before I bought tix. Could be very pathetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc
    I saw him briefly in an ad for some interview or something and I don't think I've ever seen a more pathetic drug-addled face on TV before. I'd wait to hear reviews on any shows before I bought tix. Could be very pathetic.
    Drug-addled ain't Dave. He's all messed up, but mostly he's f*cked up on fame--and suffering serious withdrawals. Far's I know he never was into drugs because he was so into adventure sports/martial arts. Boozed it up some, but even that was exaggerated for the image, I hear.

    Dude's a mess, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboy389
    Drug-addled ain't Dave. He's all messed up, but mostly he's f*cked up on fame--and suffering serious withdrawals. Far's I know he never was into drugs because he was so into adventure sports/martial arts. Boozed it up some, but even that was exaggerated for the image, I hear.

    Dude's a mess, though.
    I think he was busted a couple of times for weed.
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