Good news (?) outta 5150

5 07 2011

Van Halen fans, “Get ready” says David Lee Roth.  Diamond Dave apparently tweeted those two words recently, leaving everyone to assume that Van Halen’s first album in 13 years, and the first recorded with Dave in 28 years, is soon to be released.

Mark Tremonti from Creed was recently invited to 5150 studio by Wolfgang Van Halen and this is what he had to say:

Describing more about the experience, Mark says, ‘Wolfie asked if me and my buddy Eric wanted to go checkout rehearsals the next day over at his dad’s house. And I said (laughs) “Of course!” (laughs) So he picked me up the next day and we drove to this big, gated home and we get to 5150 studios. It was just me, my buddy Eric, Wolfie and Eddie in one room, and then Alex was in the other room behind some plexiglass, and then they played down the entire new album. What makes it so great is that they took what they could from all their old demos back in the ’80’s and pretty much did what they could to create songs out of old ideas, so it sounds like vintage Van Halen. Musically it sounds in the [early ’80’s] era. I didn’t hear any vocals — David was not there. It was just the three of them and the music sounded like very authentic, old school Van Halen. It was a just a crazy experience to sit there and watch. Eddie was four feet from me, and Wolfie was on the other side. The guys were very excited to be doing what they’re doing.

Rumors abound that the album is slated for release in the next couple of months — I’ve heard early fall — and it was mentioned on WRIF (101.1 FM, Detroit) today that the Van Halen release may coincide with the release of the next Chickenfoot single.  [What is a “single” in these days of internet downloading?] That reminds me of the old Oasis/Blur bit of going head-to-head with singles releases.

Hopefully this happens sooner rather than later.  I avoided seeing Van Halen on the last tour because I didn’t much feel like watching some nostalgia show.  I didn’t want to see Van Halen become what the Beach Boys have been for 30-some years; a band that tours on the strength of songs that were hits before a lot you young’ins were even born.  If they have fresh material and it’s good, then let’s talk tour!




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