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Van Halen Rock And Roll HOF Ceremony
Friday, March 02, 2007


    The PR disaster that is Van Halen 2007 continues. It was widely reported overnight that Velvet Revolver would perform at the Hall Of Fame induction in Van Halen's honour.
    Launch Radio Network reported the following: "Velvet Revolver has been tapped for Van Halen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band will perform in Van Halen's place, and singer Scott Weiland and guitarist Slash will speak on Van Halen's behalf. For now, it doesn't look like David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar will join Velvet Revolver onstage, and Michael Anthony hasn't commented yet. It's still unknown whether Eddie and Alex Van Halen will attend the ceremony."

    Ok, so here's what I have. And once again, this must come with a disclaimer, as everything remotely connected to anything Van Halen has a right to change at a moments notice.
    First up - no one representing the Van Halen brothers or David Lee Roth is talking. But I can tell you this - at this point in time, Eddie and Alex Van Halen are not going to be at the Hall Of Fame ceremony. No reason for their absence has been offered.
    I can confirm 100% that Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony will definitely be there. I presume David Lee Roth will be also, as I haven't heard anything to the contrary.
    I was told one further bit of information - something which seems is still an issue, so watch for an update - but I was told today that Velvet Revolver agreed to play two Van Halen songs at the ceremony, but are yet to 100% confirm their involvement as apparently the guys "didn't want to do it if Van Halen themselves do not show up."
    So that's where things sit right now - the usual mix of half-confirmations, general unknowns and other God-knows-what's. There is no update on the proposed tour, but safe to say that it is looking further away than ever.
    What a sad and sorry time for Van Halen much that could have been this year is looking more and more dismal by the day.

    posted by Paul Dickinson at 9:36 AM | Email Us
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