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HUGE VAN HALEN UPDATE: Van Halenís 2011 Plans and The TRUTH Behind The Rumors
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    HUGE VAN HALEN UPDATE: Van Halenís 2011 Plans and The TRUTH Behind The Rumors

    THURSDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2010

    The following breaking news is sure to come as a welcome Holiday gift for Van Halen fans around the world whoíve been dying to know if the band is planning on releasing new music or touring in the near future.
    Sources tell the Van Halen News Desk that the band is very eager to tour, and that they want to tour behind new material. Eddie Van Halen has been very busy during most of 2010 writing music. Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen often join Eddie in the 5150 studio and the three of them have been hard at work jamming and recording demos. The three Van Halens have been sending the music to David Lee Roth, whoís adding the lyrics. Two of our sources have heard some of the early versions of the tracks (without vocals) and were very pleased. The music is said to sound like straight ahead rock Ďní roll and ďvery Van Halen.Ē

    After talking to several producers, the band has chosen GRAMMY award winner producer/songwriter/musician John Shanks (whom Clive Davis calls ďthe father of that guitar-driven kind of pop soundĒ). In January, 2011, David, Eddie, Alex & Wolfgang will head into the studio to begin recording with the much sought-after producer. The band is hopeful that the recording sessions will lead to a full studio album that would be completed and available sometime next year.

    Interestingly, the band is planning on recording in John Shankís Henson Studio as well as Van Halenís 5150 Studios, making next month the first time Van Halen will record anywhere outside of their own studio since it was built, in 1983.

    We are excited to learn that the band is re-exploring Eddieís extensive library of unreleased songs and riffs, even reaching back to their early unreleased demos for added inspiration. The band is retooling and tweaking some of this mostly-unheard, incredible music, which have completely new lyrics from Roth. Eddie is even considering developing a song or two from the material that he wrote for The Wild Life movie score in the mid 1980′s.
    Although this news is not coming straight from the band or their publicist, we can tell you with certainty that it isnít just another rumor that will turn out to be false, as most rumors do. These are indeed Van Halenís current goals. We at the Van Halen News Desk have several reliable sources close to, or within the Van Halen camp, who give us solid Van Halen updates whenever they make any major plans. Our relationships with these contacts were established during the years of our publishing the official Van Halen fan magazine, ďThe InsideĒ, and through our associations while running VHND.com and VanHalenStore.com.

    We want to clarify that, while this news sounds very promising for fans, NOTHING is set in stone as far as a definite album or tour. The band is hoping to have a new album and tour, but only time will tell if it all comes to fruition. There is no timetable for anything yet.
    Despite their grand plans, it is very unlikely that there will be any confirmation from Van Halen themselves about any of this. The band has a definite policy of not talking until their plans are 100% solid and everything is in place. They donít want to announce any plans that might not pan out, so as to not disappoint fans.

    A source close to David Lee Roth tells us that heís been getting in top physical shape for the potential tour and has been writings tons of lyrics.
    We also have another source whoís spent some time with Eddie Van Halen recently. Ed seems to be doing better than ever these days. Heís been completely sober for over 2 1/2 years. He has surrounding himself with positive, encouraging people, among them his wife Janie, bandmates Alex and Wolfgang, and friend and business partner, Matt Bruck. His schedule is early to bed, early to rise, and heís keeping very focused on staying sober, writing new music and running his EVH brand. We are really happy to hear heís in a wonderful place these days.
    More about Van Halen producer John Shanks:

    John Shanks is one of the hottest and most influential producers working today. On top of that, he is a hit songwriter and accomplished guitar player. John has produced and/or written 43 #1 singles, 119 Top 5 singles, 67 #1 albums, 172 Top 10 albums, and over 60 million records sold in the genres of Rock, Pop and Country music. He is also a six time GRAMMY nominee including a win for Producer of the Year in 2005. ďJohnís records have become the sound of Top Forty Radio,Ē Clive Davis told Rolling Stone. ďHeís the father of that guitar-driven kind of pop sound.Ē
    John Shanks has worked with Miley Cyrus, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Santana, Rod Stewart, Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morissette, Hilary Duff, Trainís Pat Monahan, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Pink, Liz Phair, Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, and many more.
    The TRUTH about the Van Halen rumors:
    And now for the die-hard fans, the Van Halen News Desk will tackle all the currently widespread rumors and either shoot them down or confirm them as true.

    Rumor: Van Halen are working towards finishing recording of a new studio album with David Lee Roth and a single is slated for release before the end of this year.
    FALSE. The band starts recording in January.

    Rumor: The band will tour extensively in 2011, taking in North America, and likely European and Australian dates.
    FALSE. Although a 2011 tour may occur, no such tour is currently planned.

    Rumor: Numerous reports about new music coming from the band are true. There is new music recorded with the expectation of an all-new studio album featuring David Lee Roth to be released in 2011. What is not known right now is the time frame for this.
    Mostly TRUE. The band has written lots of new music and hopes to complete an album, but a nothing is definite right now.

    Rumor: DLRís vocals are being recorded away from the 5150 studio.
    Partially True. This is true, but only in regards to the early demos, not the final recording. This is what many bands do before entering the studio. The entire band will reconvene in the studio in January.

    Rumor: Eddie has recorded most of the bass parts for the album.
    FALSE. Eddie could have recorded some of the bass parts for the early demos when Wolfie wasnít around, as he often did when Michael Anthony was in the band. Wolfgang has been recording demos all year, and heíll be playing all the bass parts on the finished tracks.

    Rumor: There is a deal in place between Warner Bros. and the band for a new album.
    FALSE. If a new album is released, it will most likely be a direct deal with Walmart or Bestbuy.

    Rumor: Van Halen has chosen Ross Hogarth to produce new music.
    FALSE. The producer they chose is John Shanks. Hogarth is an engineer rather than a producer, and is not involved with Van Halen whatsoever.

    Rumor: Chris Cornell from Soundgarden has recorded some background vocals on some of the new music.
    FALSE.

    Rumor: A spokeperson for Van Halen recently clarified that the band isnít doing anything and that there will definitely be no new album or tour next year.
    FALSE. A spokeperson for Van Halen did indeed shoot down the recent rumors of planned tour and an album near completion. He was being honest in doing so, since there is currently neither a tour planned, nor an album near completion. However, he did say that the band is currently ďworking on stuffĒ, but gave no further details.

    Rumor: The main reason that the band never released a DVD of the 2007-2008 tour was because the band members could not reach a financial agreement over the deal.
    FALSE. The reason that it wasnít released had nothing at all to do with finances. The band simply wasnít happy enough with the footage and felt that many camera angels werenít right.

    Rumor: Warner Bros is preparing to release Blue-Ray editions of ďLive Without a NetĒ and ďLive Right Here Right Now.Ē
    Unknown. We donít know if this is true or not.

    Rumor: Warner Bros is releasing limited edition remastered vinyl releases of Van Halen II, Women And Children First, and 1984 on Dec. 13th, 2010.
    True, except for release date. The 3 vinyls will be released, but theyíve been pushed back until sometime in early 2011.

    Rumor: Warner Bros is preparing to release re-masters of the Sammy Hagar era catalogue
    Partially True. They are talking about releasing remasters of the Sammy Hagar era albums, but nothing has been decided yet.

    From: http://www.vhnd.com/2010/12/09/huge-...nd-the-rumors/

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    I'm close to biting the bait now... This article has got me very close. I never heard any rumours about Chris Cornell, but I hope they come true haha

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    Thank you for the information, Man Halen.

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    Interesting. Nice to have a boatload of speculation to chew on before the new year. I'm not thrilled to hear that EVH is sifting through old tapes dating back to the Wild Life sessions (come on! just write something new!). Besides, wasn't it Alex Van Halen who once made the absurd comment that they "didn't have any leftover material" from the early albums?

    Odd choice of producer, IMO. I was expecting someone a bit more rock and roll.
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    Clive Davies is right!

    That new producer IS the guy for guitar-driven pop!!

    Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow...
    Can you say, "GET READY TO ROCK!!!"

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    very interesting .......
    2011 might still be the return of VH , mach 4.

    it'll be neat to hear what treatment (if any) the boys give to some of thieir early unreleased stuff ?

    i also don't have a problem with a 'poppy' type producer either .if anything , it might mean that some of the completed tracks could turn out for some decent radio play .

    when all is said and done , i just want a new disc from these guys !
    then when we've picked our jaws up off the floor , hopefully the VH camp will give in to our LONG overdue wait for vintage video footage and digitally cleaned up versions of demos , live shows , outtakes , ect.....
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    Pop guitar isn't brown. Keep it rockin' and don't try to be Justin Beaver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Roth View Post
    Pop guitar isn't brown. Keep it rockin' and don't try to be Justin Beaver.
    good point , Dr. Roth ..
    i meant that a pop angle could lead to rotation on radio playlists .

    of course we want the new stuff to rock , yet a catchy chorus mixed with a killer solo can be cool too ! (think Beat It , I'll Wait or Jump...all have wicked solos, IMO)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawkinrobbievh1 View Post
    good point , Dr. Roth ..
    i meant that a pop angle could lead to rotation on radio playlists .

    of course we want the new stuff to rock , yet a catchy chorus mixed with a killer solo can be cool too ! (think Beat It , I'll Wait or Jump...all have wicked solos, IMO)

    I love I'll Wait, but I would like another Unchained, or ATBL. I guess I'm just skeptical about the "pop" guy. Four years since the end of the tour and still nothing new leaves me leary. I won't believe there is a new album until I have it in my sticky mits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Roth View Post
    I love I'll Wait, but I would like another Unchained, or ATBL. I guess I'm just skeptical about the "pop" guy. Four years since the end of the tour and still nothing new leaves me leary. I won't believe there is a new album until I have it in my sticky mits.
    i hear ya bro !! how can we NOT be sceptical when it comes to VH ? lol

    it's funny you mentioned ATBL , because i played that very tune 3 times in a row last night !! that intro floors me , the tune rocks , and the boys are just ripping it up with a devil-may-care attitude . i love it !
    "There's a little bit of Van Halen in everyone ..."
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