Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has updated his MySpace page with the following message:
"Took a short break and went to Vegas with Janie [Liszewski, Eddie's new wife], Wolfie [Eddie's son and VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang] and Olivia.
"Hung out and relaxed, saw three Cirque shows, shopped, checked out the town and had a good time all around.
"Back home now and busy planning Janie's birthday and working on some stuff in the studio.
"Life is good and I am happy and healthy!"
Eddie Van Halen told Rolling Stone that he underwent the hand surgery due to a bone spur, a twisted tendon, and a cyst in the joint of his left thumb. He explained that the hand problems first popped up during VAN HALEN's last tour, saying, "During the last leg of our tour, I started developing pain in my thumb and my pinky. I didn't think much of it at the time. It got progressively worse to the point that about three months ago I wasn't able to play at all. My pinky and my thumb were totally locked up and felt like there was something broken."
He sought help from hand specialists in Dusseldorf, Germany, who at first were treating him for arthritis before further examinations showed the extent of the problem: "They said the only way to fix it was surgery, which of course scared the shit out of me, but I was told it was the only way to fix it. Surgery was a success, now I just have to let it heal. I am totally jazzed that they found the problem, fixed it and in about four months my hand will feel like I am 18 again. Thank God."
VAN HALEN — featuring brothers Eddie and Alex, Eddie's son Wolfgang, and David Lee Roth — are expected to record a new album and tour sometime in 2010.
Photo below courtesy of Eddie Van Halen's MySpace page (Eddie with magician, illusionist, musician, escapologist, and stunt performer Criss Angel):