According to the VAN HALEN
fan site Van Halen News Desk
, the band's guitarist, Eddie Van Halen
, appears to be part of hip hop legend LL Cool J
's upcoming album, "Authentic"
, due out on April 30. On March 4, the pair jointly released a photo of them sitting in the recording studio, with no accompanying text. The site adds: "Eddie Van Halen
is either working as a co-producer, or has recorded a guest part LL Cool J
, or for an artist who is recording with LL Cool J
. No doubt that more info will be coming in the near future."
On Monday (March 11), VAN HALEN
singer David Lee Roth
announced during a radio interview: "We're going to be playing Europe — probably 50, 60 shows outside of the States, starting at the end of this year, and then come back around through the U.S." Legendary music mogul Irving Azoff
, who manages Eddie
and Alex Van Halen
, spoke to Billboard
, and essentially called Roth
a liar, explaining, "All the announced dates, which include the date in Australia, the dates in Japan and a date in Wisconsin, are confirmed and on sale and those are real. I manage the Van Halens
, and I know nothing about any European tour."
A while back, drummer Alex Van Halen
joked with The Pulse Of Radio
about a certain affliction nearly every rock band finds itself dealing with. "The joke has become the 'L.S.D.' thing, 'Lead Singer Disease,' and it's not an entirely off-base comment," he said. "Not all lead singers, but most of them, they're on a different planet. Part of what makes a band. . . it's like a team! You may have a star player or two, but it's still a team! Without the team, y'know, you're really dead in the water."VAN HALEN
will close out the annual Rock USA
festival, scheduled for July 17 through July 20 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.