Van Halen 'Got Rid Of Wrong People'

Eddie Van Halen says the current lineup of the band is here to stay.

Van Halen 'Got Rid Of Wrong People'
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Eddie Van Halen says the current lineup of the band is here to stay and the only arguments they have today are connected with making their music as good as it can be. He believes they're in it for the long haul now, after having got rid of people he believes should not have been part of the band. Van Halen released "A Different Kind Of Truth" earlier this year after reuniting with singer David Lee Roth and replacing bassist Michael Anthony with Eddie's son Wolfgang. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that the axeman has told Guitar World: "It feels more like a band and a family than it ever has and not just because three quarters of it is family. "Working with Dave has been very productive. We're all very opinionated about things, but it's all for the benefit of the music." The band have been through the wars in their 40-year career. Roth is in his third stint as frontman while Sammy Hagar has taken the mic twice while Gary Cherone was singer for three years in the 1990s. In 2009 they ousted original member Anthony, and even tried to airbrush him off their album covers, replacing him with then-teenager Wolfgang, who hadn't been born when some of the records were made. Looking back at their chequered past, Eddie reflects: "It wasn't really us it was people around us. When you're doing drugs, drinking and partying you start believing the shit people tell you. "Those days are gone. We've gotten rid of people who don't belong here." Van Halen completed the first leg of their current tour this week after postponing 30 dates, admitting: "As usual we bit off more than we could chew." But when the full cycle is complete, Eddie believes they'll get to work on another album. "That's what I hope to do," he says. "I'm pretty sure that's what our intention is." Thanks for the report to ClassicRockMagazine.com.

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    whiskychaser
    1984redux wrote: HATERS ABOVE: GO TO VHND.COM VH POSTERS UP IN JAPAN FOR A NOVEMBER LEG. SUPERBOWL IN FEB. WAKE UP LOSERS.
    why are you shouting?
    Firehawk2410
    I like the new Van Halen. Sure, Mike is gone and I don't like that, but Wolfgang is a great bassist. Moreover, I just like David Lee Roth's songwriting better than Sammy Hagar's. Van Halen and "Van Hagar" just sound like two different bands to me. The way I see it, if Mike and Sammy don't want to be in Van Halen, that's fine, but the others have the right to keep making music as Van Halen as long as they want.
    travislausch
    1984redux wrote: Experience trumps opinions
    Your registration date: July 12, 2011 My registration date: April 06, 2002 As someone with a ton more experience on the internet (almost an entire decade) more than you have, I can say with the utmost sincerity, honesty, and confidence that no one cares about your opinion on the internet, especially when a majority of it is explained through the use of caps lock and profanity.
    jrodgers
    bonjidonk wrote: The title made it sound like he was regretting who he got rid of...
    This site wouldn't be so much fun if the article titles weren't completely misleading 90% of the time!
    Arr0wHead
    Came to read about VH. Wound up more entertained by the mentally ill guy in the comments section. BRAVO!
    BigSpence
    bonjidonk wrote: The title made it sound like he was regretting who he got rid of...
    Seriously, I thought he was talking about Mike and Sammy. He would've been right if that what he meant.
    codyjt5150
    I could give a sh*t less about Sammy. But Mike, he was there from the beginning, and those backing vocals will never be the same since he was booted.
    PIMO
    Arr0wHead wrote: Came to read about VH. Wound up more entertained by the mentally ill guy in the comments section. BRAVO!
    I picture John 5 that one time Manson bumped into him or something lol 1984redux is all talk he has to assert his machoness to the rest of the UG community by posting over and over again showing that he's mad when again NO ONE CARES lol its the internet... he even said it himself in one of his comments lol our opinions don't matter which would include himself but oh well let the little kid cry in the corner
    tommy57
    You are correct about Hagar.Good riddance to the guy.He has talent but he's one lazy hack.
    tommy57
    How is it the worst line up when it's 3/4 original? Forget about Hagar he's a hack.At least with Dave they are productive and back in business. Dave sang well at the tours beginning, you have to wonder what happened.In the last 3 or 4 concerts he was a lot better. It sounds like halfway through the tour he had vocal fatigue or strained vocal chords.Maybe that headset he wore at the beginning was helping him.Almost every concert after he got rid of it he kept pointing to his ears every third song like he couldn't hear anything. Dave mentioned all these hangers on in an old interview with Howard Stern.He woulds go in to talk to ed and there would be 10 people there.
    rhs5110
    I love eddie but he's gone mental trying to put wolfie on old van halen album covers the worst thing eddie ever did was lose micheal and sammy this new incarnation of van halen is the worst lineup I've seen
    TheGroundZero
    Am I the only one that votes down a post written completely in caps lock without reading it?... I'm sure I'm not. Caps aren't the way to get your point across.
    AcdcTXfan
    Sometimes you do have to make some tough decisions for the greater good of the band. Eddie may have alienated Sammy and Mike, but look at where the band is today...selling out arenas and singles going #1. I like Sammy, but Dave is better for the band. And yeah, Mike was just abruptly fired and shouldn't have been, but they're doing fine with Wolfie, and I think Mike is just fine with Chickenfoot too.
    mod59dc
    Sitting at 5150 with a bottle of Merck and a cooler full of beer, "I'm yer ice creem man..." Hey Al toss me a beer.
    vikkyvik
    It wasnt really us it was people around us. When youre doing drugs, drinking and partying you start believing the shit people tell you. Hmmm. I see someone has learned nothing from rehab and recovery.