According to Launch Radio Networks, VAN HALEN drummer told the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf that things were much more serious than anyone let on when Eddie Van Halen was being treated for cancer back in 2001. "We were used to planning things ahead with the band...but now, we had to live by the hour. At a certain time, things were so bad, we didn't even know if Eddie would be with us in three months." Alex also said, "Eddie always knew he would get better. I didn't. I was more pessimistic...All we had in those difficult times was our music. It was therapy. We played for months and months working on new songs. That's why it is so great to see us now, we are stronger then ever."
During a recent teleconference, Alex also said that he really appreciates the way VAN HALEN fans sent their thoughts and prayers to Eddie during that time: "I personally want to thank all the fans and everyone who sent the cards, and the e-mails, and all the rest, wishing him well."
Eddie beat his tongue cancer through aggressive treatment, including chemotherapy. He's also had hip replacement surgery.
During the interview, Van Halen said that the band would play in Holland next summer, so a European tour appears to be in the works.
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