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VAN HALEN’s David Lee Roth Talks To Today Show Australia; Video

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!

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VAN HALEN – David Lee Roth Says The Band Will Perform “50-60 Shows Outside Of The US” Later This Year

VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth appeared on the Opie & Anthony show this morning and revealed that the band is going to be playing Europe in 2013.

“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:

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.

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.”

For all the guitar players out there and fans of Van Halen

According to the VAN HALEN News Desk, Dunlop is celebrating 35 years since the debut of Eddie Van Halen with the Limited Edition 35th Anniversary Series of EVH signature effects featuring limited edition finishes based on his legendary black and white and Frankenstein guitars. With premium quality high-gloss paints, the result is a collection of richly finished pedals that are as ready for the showroom floor as they are for the road.

EVH Limited Pedals are beautifully crafted to look as good as they sound. The high gloss finishes are hand painted they each come with a Certificate of Authenticity. All three are extremely Limited Edition, and only available only for a short time, so get yours now or risk missing out! Preorder them and save a bundle at VanHalenStore.com, who’s offering them all at Guaranteed Lowest Prices.

Check out the new 35th Anniversary Series here.

Van Halen: The Studio Albums 1978-1984 Available in March

VIA: Bravewords.com

VAN HALEN are one of the world’s most legendary rock bands, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide since their revolutionary debut in 1978. Driven by the guitarist widely regarded as second only to Hendrix, Van Halen have produced some of rock’s most unforgettable rock songs. Van Halen Store, in association with Warner Bros./Rhino, has announced that Van Halen: The Studio Albums 1978-1984 is due for release March 26th.

This Limited Edition six-CD boxset documents the band’s indelible history from their self-titled 1978 debut until the 1984 album, which was to be singer David Lee Roth’s last record with the band until 2012. Included in this box are many of the band’s best-known songs – ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’, ‘ Runnin’ With The Devil’, ‘Jump’, ‘Dance The Night Away’, ‘Unchained’, ‘Everybody Wants Some’, ‘Hot For Teacher’ and ‘Panama’.

The Studio Albums 1978-1984 is a no-frills package of VH’s incredible era with original vocalist David Lee Roth at the helm, remastered and neatly packaged in clamshell box. Featuring the now-immortal six-string styles of Eddie Van Halen, the devastating rhythm section of bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Alex Van Halen and the clean production of Ted Templeman, this box is a crash course in BIG ROCK.

If you’re looking for a gift for a new (or maybe even an old) Van Halen fan, this six disc box is the perfect way to own a slice of Halen history!

Pre-order yours now at VanHalenStore.com or Amazon below. This limited edition item won’t last.