“Bring it on, Diamond
Dave,” says Sammy, above.
By Fred Mills
The music world, such as it is, seems to be all abuzz over
the upcoming Van Halen tour – David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen announced not
long ago that 2012 would be the year they mend fences and, er, rake in the
moolah. The band re-unveiled themselves last night at NYC’s Café Wha? before
a small crowd of VIPs and industry invitees.
CBS News reports that “the band hardly seemed rusty… Though
his mic was weak, Roth’s voice wasn’t, as his signature screech was in top
form, as was Eddie Van Halen’s scorching guitar play on songs like “Hot
for Teacher” and “Dance the Night Away.”” You can watch a clip, below, and decide for yourself if that “day laborer” look Diamond Dave is rocking will fly in the arenas.
Meanwhile, though, not to be outdone, Eddie’s old foils
Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony – the guys NOT invited to the reunion – just announced
that THEIR supergroup Chickenfoot (featuring Joe Satriani and Kenny Aronoff,
who is temporarily replacing Chad Smith) will kick off a short European tour starting next week, on Jan. 12, in Manchester. The “Road Test” tour will be to
promote their recent album II. Coincidence?
We think NOT. You can check out a live clip of Chickenfoot, below.
Let the pissing matches begin!