Van Halen To Play Australia In April

Van Halen will co-headline the inaugural edition of the Stone Music Festival at Sydney, Australia's ANZ Stadium over the April 20-21 weekend.

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Van Halen will co-headline the inaugural edition of the Stone Music Festival at Sydney, Australia's ANZ Stadium over the April 20-21 weekend.

A single-day ticket for the festival - which was inspired by the '70s cult biker film "Stone" - starts at AUD 179 and a weekend pass at AUD 319 and go on sale from noon on Thursday, February 21, according to Blabbermouth

David Lee Roth recently gave a lengthly interview to Rolling Stone and says he wants co-founding bassist Michael Anthony back in Van Halen - among other things. Apart from the Sydney appearance and a trio of Japanese shows in June, the band remains in a state of limbo.

Last summer, Van Halen backed out of 31 North American dates, citing exhaustion, and then Eddie Van Halen was sidelined for four-to-six months after undergoing surgery for the inflammatory intestinal affliction diverticulitis.

Roth was pretty candid in the interview about the state of the band, especially on the prospect of coming up with some new songs, explaining, "I would certainly look forward to working with Ed on some new material, but we have yet to do that. Almost all of the music that you hear on our most recent album was written and demoed before the first album... I'm not sure what's in Ed's mind at this point. I'm gonna guess that his plans are to write with his son, and I'm not sure where that actually leads. But truth be told, Edward and I haven't written a new song in 20 years."

Roth went on to say that there is no game plan for Van Halen on the horizon. "There's nothing on the ticket as far as travel, and that's a disappointment, frankly," he said.

"How long have I been back with the gang? Maybe six years, we'll say and we have yet to travel to Europe, South America, Japan, anywhere outside of those basic 50 cities in the United States. And again that's been a disappointment. We have an audience and we have a potential future in many, many places... And I don't know where the Van Halen future lies aside from the States. We'll always be able to play our hits - and keep in mind we have more hits than Beethoven, we have more hits than Tony Soprano - so getting onstage and playing that is glorious, and certainly getting onstage with the brothers will always be an excitement for me. But in terms of taking the music past where we found it, I'm not sure where that's going to go."

Roth touched upon the touchy subject of ousted bassist Michael Anthony replacing current bassist - and Eddie Van Halen's son - Wolfgang Van Halen, from here on out. "But Ed has his own vision, I'm assuming," he said. "We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band. Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo... what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever - that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys. Van Halen is an indelicate house blend of both - that's intentionally."

He went on to say that he's pitched some ideas to help light the creative spark for the band. "So I would always look forward to that reunion, and I would always look forward to writing a whole variety of material," he said. "I've offered the fellows, come on out here to the land of the gods. And if you don't want to make it that far we'll make it halfway - Konishiki (Roth's friend and former champion sumo wrestler) has said he'll lend me his house in Hawaii, Let's go woodshed. But so far there hasn't been any response, so hope and faith are not actual tactics and strategies - they're strippers from Albuquerque."

During the press conference announcing their 2007 reunion dates David Lee Roth promised that Van Halen was truly a new band. "This is not a reunion, this is a new band," he said. "This is a revision with hits that you're so familiar with; it's as familiar as the roof of your own mouth is to you. But the ambition has nothing to do with old history. Usually when a band comes back like us it's rockers with walkers and this is everything but. Meet us in the future, not the pasture."

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    Saw them last year (not my fist time) and Eddies kid was able to hit all of Mike Anthonys' notes and sounded much like Mike.....That being said I would like to see the original band one more time and some brand new material would be nice as well.....
    Which is exactly why the vocals on A Different Kind Of Truth sound like classic Van Halen, right? Wrong...Wolfie is just a good backing vocalist.
    Um, I've listened to the whole album about 50 times straight through. The background vocals DO sound like classic Van Halen.
    Van Halen's vocal sound consists of four tracks: 1- Roth - lead vocals 2- Roth - backing vocals 3- Anthony - backing vocals 4- Eddie - backing vocals The only thing that has changed is Anthony. Him and Wolfgang sound a lot alike, but Wolfgang naturally isn't as good. However, he still does the job and hits all the notes in that tenor range. That's why they sound like classic Van Halen.
    That'll happen the day Axl Rose declares he's reuniting with Slash. For whatever reason, EVH hates Michael Anthony now. The only reason he was on the 2004 tour was because Sammy wouldn't do the tour without him.
    Something, something... Van Halen does what Travis Barker won't... Rabble, rabble
    As much as I would like to see Michael Anthony back, I don't see WolfGang branching out from VH anytime soon. I feel like Eddie would want to do one more album with his son and write brand new material. VH has maybe 10 more years of this b4 they need to retire. lol. I can see Wolfie doing something great when he leaves the band though. He is the son of a legend!
    And before the Americans start commenting, those prices are pretty normal for Australia, but we generally earn a lot more too so it sort of evens out.
    Before the dumbasses start commenting, those prices are pretty normal for everywhere