Van Halen Debut At #1
November 1, 1996 - Warner Bros Records report that
over 233,000 copies of the new Van Halen album were sold in its first week
of release in the U.S.A., making it the third Van Halen album in a row to
debut at Number 1. Second and third place on the chart were new releases from
Westside Connection and Journey whose albums sold around 145,000
copies each. The 1995 release Balance sold 295,000 copies in it's
first week when it also debuted at Number 1.
Me Wise Magic is also Number 1 on the
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks
chart for the third week in a row!
Reuters/Yahoo - 31 October 1996
Billboard Top 200 Album Chart
Hagar Single To Premiere On The Net
November 4, 1996 - Internet users will be the
first in the world to hear the new Sammy Hagar single when it premieres
on the Internet this coming Monday, November 11. The new single, titled
Salvation on Sand Hill, is from his forthcoming solo album, Kama.
The Internet premiere will use a new Internet technology called
Liquid Audio, which claims to
finally bring CD-quality audio to the Internet.
"The ability to reach an unlimited number of fans on the Net is
something I'm taking seriously as an artist," said Hagar. "With
Liquid Audio, I have a whole new instrument for getting my music out
there to the people who want it."
Hagar will be present at the Liquid Audio Booth at
the Audio Engineering Society Conventionin Los Angeles at 6PM, November 8
when the song premieres there. Be sure to check out the Liquid Audio
site to download the software to play the new track. The song will be
available for one week only, then it will be removed from the Internet
and released to radio stations.
CNN "Showbiz Today" Interview
November 4, 1996 - Edward and Alex Van Halen were
featured on CNN's "Showbiz Today"
this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. PST. Their segment is the last of the show, and includes
some concert footage, along with thoughts on David Lee Roth's lost chance to return
to the band. CNN will re-run the show tonight if you are quick (sorry I don't know
A report of the interview may appear on the
CNN "Showbiz Today" page, but
it wasn't there at the time of writing.
Best Of Falls To Number 3
November 7, 1996 - As expected, Best Of Volume 1 by
Van Halen was today displaced at Number 1 on the Billboard Album Chart by the latest
release from the Beatles. The third and final installment in the Anthology series
sold 237,000 copies in its first week of release. Each previous album in the Anthology
set debuted at Number 1 and went on to achieve platinum status. Van Halen's Best Of
Volume 1 came in third, with estimated sales of 130,000.
Sammy Hagar's New Single Out Now
November 8, 1996 - Sammy Hagar's new single, Salvation On
Sand Hill, is now available exclusively on the Internet. To hear the new track, visit
the Liquid Audio Web Site and download their new
streaming audio software. You won't be able to hear the new track without the software.
At this time, the software is only available for computers running Windows 95.
Roth Files Law Suit
November 12, 1996 - David Lee Roth is sueing
three insurance companies for $5 million. Roth claims the three companies
only paid $350,000 to cover the damage sustained to his house during
an earthquake in 1994. One of the three insurance companies being sued
by Roth asked Superior Court Judge Ronald Cappai to rule that Roth could not
be awarded damages. The Judge refused and asked the company to produce
evidence it had acted in good faith.
Roth claims the $5 million damages
will compensate for the harm caused to his singing and songwriting career.
Diamond Dave claims he has been forced to live out of boxes and has no heating.
ALS Benefit Today
November 17, 1996 - The 1st Midwest Jason Becker Benefit for
ALS will be held today at the Riviera in Chicago. As reported here last month, Edward
Van Halen will be appearing with Steve Lukather,
Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey.
A few of the Van Halen News Desk's regular visitors will be in Chicago for the benefit,
so hopefully I will be able to bring you some exclusive photos and reports from the
In other news, Van Halen's Best Of Volume 1 album continues to sell well in the USA.
In its third week on the Billboard Album Chart, the album placed in the Top 10 once again,
coming in this week at Number 6. Me Wise Magic is still Number 1 on Billboard's
Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The Lou Brutus Experience!?
November 18, 1996 - You read it right. Edward Van Halen,
Steve Lukather, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey last night performed under the alias
of The Lou Brutus Experience at the Jason Becker ALS Benefit in Chicago. The
local radio station WRCX ran a competition
for its listeners to choose a name for the new band.
Lou Brutus is the
afternoon drive-time DJ at WRCX.
- Wipe Out
- Good Times Bad Times
- Little Wing
- Ain't Talkin' 'Bou Love
- I Want You (She's So Heavy)
All four members of the "Lou Brutus Experience" were present for an interview
on WRCX radio the day before the event. Click on the link below for a full transcript.
Lou Brutus interviews Ed, Billy, Steve and Pat
Edward and the guys also made a surprise appearance at the Chicago Hard Rock Cafe
on Saturday night. Several members of the Van Halen Mailing List managed to score
some photos and autographs with the help of Scotty Ross - Van Halen's Tour Manager.
Scotty kindly invited list members who were attending the benefit to the Hard Rock
for a "mini convention". It was a unique chance for list members to meet each
other and also get close to some legends in the music industry.
ALS Benefit Photos
November 20, 1996 - The first photos from the Jason Becker
ALS benefit in Chicago on the weekend are now hitting the net! A big Van Halen
THANK YOU to Sven Isaksson who has kindly given me permission to display
one of his photos (left) for your viewing pleasure.
Above: Sven Isaksson with Edward Van Halen
Photo © 1996 Sven Isaksson. Used with permission.
Interview with Alex & Edward
November 21, 1996 - The Van Halen News Desk has obtained the
rights to re-print an interview by George A. Fletcher from
Rhythm & News magazine with Edward
and Alex Van Halen. The interview contains some extra insight into all the Van Halen
happenings over the past six months. Many thanks to Lisa and Rhythm & News
magazine for providing the us with this Internet exclusive!
Rhythm & News Interview
Rhythm & News magazine can by contacted by email at
Van Halen Site Of The Week
November 24, 1996 - A new section called the
Van Halen Site Of The Week is now available on the
Van Halen News Desk. The section is dedicated to saluting the finest Van Halen related
web pages on the Internet. The winning sites will be determined by a voting system.
The winning sites will be posted here weekly.
For a complete list of Van Halen sites to visit, check out the
Van Halen Web Pages section.
Chicago Sun-Times ALS Review
November 27, 1996 - Click on the link below to read the
Chicago Sun Times review of the recent Jason Becker ALS Benefit, which featured
a guest appearance by Edward Van Halen. Thanks to David Williams who
sent this in.
Eddie Van Halen Rocks The Riviera
David Lee Roth Update
November 27, 1996 - David Lee Roth continues to keep himself
busy, despite the disappointment of not being reinstated as the frontman for Van Halen.
Sources say Dave's autobiography is at now the publishers for some final touches, with
hopes of a possible release in mid-97.
We're told the final chapter of Dave's book gives his version of the recent controversy
with Van Halen, and if left uncut will "be of infinite fascination to all". Already
the book looks like being an instant best-seller!