Greatest Hits Release Date Changed Again!
September 3, 1996 - "The Best Of Van Halen", featuring
two new tracks with David Lee Roth, will now be released in the USA on Tuesday October
22, 1996. Other release dates around the world are yet to be confirmed. The new
disc will contain 17 tracks - 8 "Dave era", 7 "Sammy era" plus the two new songs recently
recorded with David Lee Roth. Hopefully a track listing will appear here shortly.
MTV Awards Reunion
September 4, 1996 - As predicted here on the Van Halen News
Desk for the past week, Van Halen made an appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards
last night! From all reports the whole band was very well received, they even got a
standing ovation when they walked onto the stage! To quote David Lee Roth:
"This is the first time that we've actually stood on stage together
in over a decade." - David Lee Roth
When asked about the future of Van Halen, Dave replied "The sky's the limit". Dave
and Edward also hugged on stage. The band mentioned at the after-show press conference
that videos will be made for *both* of the two new tracks recently recorded with David
Lee Roth. Look for the first single in early October.
Other news to come from the MTV awards was that Edward will have a hip replacement
operation in December. This will render our favourite guitarist out of action for the
best part of three months, which won't be much fun for Edward or his family.
Greatest Hits Track Listing
September 8, 1996 - Below is the track listing for the new
Van Halen Greatest Hits package, to be released in the USA on October 22, 1996, UK
on October 14 and Japan on October 17. No real surprises, but we expect intense
debating between Van Halen fans on some of the songs that were left out and shouldn't
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Runnin' With The Devil
Dance The Night Away
And The Cradle Will Rock
Hot For Teacher *
Why Can't This Be Love
When It's Love
Can't Stop Loving You
Me Wise Magic
Can't Get This Stuff No More
* Japan release only
Howard Stern Interviews Dave
September 9, 1996 - David Lee Roth appeared on the Howard
Stern radio program this morning. A synopsis of the interview
is available from this link. Thanks to Pat from the
Van Halen list for typing this up and donating it to the Van Halen News Desk.
You can also click here for a summary of the
interview from Mike Demers, another member of the VHML.
Home Video Release
September 12, 1996 - News from our friends at
The Inside -
The Toronto Live video from the 1995 Balance tour which was originally scheduled
for release in April, then pushed back to October, will not be released.
This concert was originally shown as a Pay-Per-View special last year in the
USA and Canada, and was going to be officially released with added backstage
footage and extra tracks. We can only speculate on the reason for shelving
the release, but it's most likely related to the fact that Sammy Hagar is no
longer with the band.
However, it's not all bad news on the home video front. We have news that
Van Halen will be releasing a music video compilation instead. No word
yet on what videos will be on it, but it would be safe to assume that each song
on the "Best Of" album release with an accompanying video will be included.
The home video will be released in the UK on October 21. No date has been announced for
the US release. Australian fans should see the CD and video released on either October
28 or November 4 (Note: Australian dates are not official yet.)
'Best Of Van Halen' Video Track list
September 16, 1996 - Below is the track listing for the
upcoming 'Best Of Van Halen' home video. No real surprises here. Van Halen fans
around the world are rejoicing at the fact that the band has finally decided to
officially release these videos for sale. No more watching 5th generation NTSC
converted mono copies of old videos from MTV with the start and end missing!
Hot For Teacher
When It's Love
Finish What Ya Started
Dreams (Live at The Whisky with additional footage)
Don't Tell Me
Can't Stop Loving You
Me Wise Magic
The VHND is in party mode because Hot For Teacher has been included
on the track list! But what happened to Amsterdam, Why Can't This Be
Love (yes there was a video made for this!!) and Dance The Night Away?
It's okay, most of us have all the videos anyway....
Sammy's Cabo Birthday Bash
September 17, 1996 - Sammy Hagar will be performing at the Cabo
Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on October 11, 12 and 13. Over recent years
it has become a tradition for Sammy to celebrate his birthday in the club he and
former band-mates Van Halen established a few years ago. David Lauser, the drummer
from the Van Halen "spin-off" Los Tres Gusanos, will be there along with Robert
Berry on bass. An all acoustic set is planned for October 12 featuring Damon Johnson
from Brother Cane.
Howard Stern plays Me Wise Magic
September 17, 1996 - Howard Stern has done it again! Somehow
he obtained a pre-release DAT copy of the new Van Halen track Me Wise Magic and
played a snippet of it on his radio show this morning.
I've been jumping all day after hearing the new track!! Yes folks, Dave really is back.
Van Halen are rocking like there's no tomorrow. Eddie's guitar never sounded so
good. Expect to hear the track on radio from October 4.
Roth Interview To Air On E!
September 26, 1996 - Howard Stern's interview with David Lee
Roth will air on the E! television network. The show can be seen at 11PM ET on Thursday
October 3 (part 1) and Friday October 4 (part 2).
The E! web site gossip page is reporting that Gary Cherone has joined Van Halen. Please
note that this is a RUMOUR that has not been confirmed by the band, it's
management, or Warner Bros. This site does not normally participate in rumour
spreading, but this one just won't go away. Don't expect any official announcement
before the new album is released.
Gary Cherone Rumours
September 27, 1996 - OK, Van Halen fans, nobody
from the Van Halen camp is officially confirming or denying the rumours about
Gary Cherone joining the band as the new lead singer. It may be true, it may
be a pack of lies, we don't know. I'm hearing all sorts of stories, mind you
none of them are from Van Halen insiders.
As Gary Cherone would say himself - "Three Sides To Every Story":
- Seashells for Souls, the
Unofficial Extreme fan club stated on August 16 they were recently in contact
with SRO Management to ask about the rumours of Gary leaving Extreme to join Van
"Apparently Gary merely mentioned it to a friend that he was MAYBE doing some writing
with Eddie Van Halen and this got overheard and grossly misinterpreted. So there is
no need to worry, despite the hype the music press are giving this particular rumour."
- The New York Daily News
is reporting that Gary Cherone and Van Halen are currently writing and rehearsing at
5150. The headline reads "Halen a New Lead", but the writer takes a back step by
stating that Gary is only a "contenduh" for the lead singer position.
- Van Halen have said nothing publicly to address the rumour. Scotty Ross, Van Halen's
Tour Manager, recently responded in the following manner on the Van Halen list:
Q: "By the way, what do you think of Gary Cherone?"
SR: "Gary Who???"
Keep watching this page and Jason Kramer's excellent
Extreme Page for the
latest updates. Please understand that I'm trying to keep you guys up to date with what's
going down. Just remember, until we get official confirmation from Van Halen, the
situation is this:
- Sammy is no longer in Van Halen and from all reports won't be back.
- Van Halen stated they are "looking for a replacement" for Sammy.
- Dave returned to Van Halen and recorded two new songs for the upcoming 'Best Of' CD.
- Dave is one of many contenders for the position to replace Sammy.
More Gary Cherone News
September 29, 1996 - This morning I received an
email from Judi and Kali from Seashells for Souls - the unofficial
Extreme Fan Club regarding the Gary Cherone rumours that just won't go away.
I have reprinted it below, with their permission.
To the Van Halen News Desk
Hi. Firstly we should introduce ourselves..... We are Judi and Kali and
we run the Unofficial Extreme Fanclub SEASHELLS FOR SOULS (just to
reassure you - although unofficial we do have permission and support from
both the band and their management and are therefore in regular contact
with them). We are writing to you in response to the continuing rumours
and speculation about our Gary being recruited as the new vocalist for
When the story first broke a couple of weeks ago it really was all
speculative but in the last week or so things appear to have changed
On the 27 September `96 a reliable source close to the band revealed to
us that this is now far more than just a rumour. Although no decisions
have been made at the time of writing the future of Extreme is in serious
question and it is indeed true that Gary is under consideration to be the
new VH singer, although there are others in contention.
We will keep you informed of new developments as we get them as obviously
we all share a common interest in all of this - this is BIG!!!!!!! If
anyone out there would like to get in touch with us we'd be happy to hear
Judi Clarke and Kali Michael
Seashells For Souls
Unofficial Extreme Fanclub
Seashells For Souls also have a message for Van Halen fans
Here is another one that I received on October 8, 1996.