VAN HALEN will headline Australia’s Stone Music Festival at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on April 20th. This huge festival gig will be Van Halen’s only show down under and the first time Van Halen has performed there since 1998, and the first time ever with David Lee Roth.
In the interview with Today Show Australia, Diamond Dave is his usual vibrant self!
“Probably 50-60 shows outside of the United States starting at the end of this year and then come back around the US,” says Diamond Dave. “Van Halen is kind of pure and uncut kind of music; it’s leads, bass, drums and howling at the moon. It’s a little bit like getting drunk on shots of really good Kentucky bourbon. You’ll have a great night but you won’t want to see us again in three years.”
Check out an excerpt from the interview below:
Music review: The Unclean
CD: The Eagle
Available: Now via online digital distributors
For anyone who has seen the Blues Brothers you will recall the scene where the band had to play in a bar behind chicken wire to be protected from thrown bottles and other dangerous projectiles. Well with The Unclean that’s the type of band you have here. Not a blues band but a band that you could easily see playing in a rough and tumble, no holds barred, dive bar. The Unclean is also a rough and tumble, no holds barred, dirty rock band that can hold their own in such places.
‘The Eagle’ sports 9 tracks of dirty vocals and rough edged rock and roll that goes back to the time when bands had to tour for years in shit pits to finally get noticed and get a record deal. The opening track, ‘On We Go’ is a fast paced rocker that cuts right to the point and really lets you enjoy that classic rock and roll feel the album displays through out. ‘Live for Today’ vocal wise has a style of David Lee Roth when he sings in a slow and smooth way.
‘The Eagle’ contains songs that are very blue collar and for the working man that anyone wanting to drive around and enjoy some dirty rock and roll can and won’t be disappointed. If I had to voice a negative point to the album it would be the later half of the album sports a lot slower tunes. The songs themselves aren’t bad, I just wished we had a few more faster paced songs like the opening track.
Overall ,The Unlean’s sophomore album ‘The Eagle’ is nice punch in the gut to let you know rock and roll and metal music should stay dirty and mean.
It’s refreshing to see more and more bands going for that raw and rough sound again in an age where we see a lot of music being very overproduced and squeaky clean. The world can be a dirty and rough place and The Unclean is here to show you that, but if you are on their side, they will help you get through the shit with their own brand of dirty rock and roll.
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.
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.”