VAN HALEN will headline the final night of the Rock USA festival, set to take place July 17-20 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Wednesday, July 17 AVENGED SEVENFOLD
+ two more acts to be announced Thursday, July 18 BRET MICHAELS
+ one more act to be announced Friday, July 19 GODSMACK
+ two more acts to be announced Saturday, July 20 VAN HALEN
+ one more act to be announced Singer 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."