Suddenly band class in Los Angeles just got a whole lot cooler. Eddie Van Halen has donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to music programs in the L.A. area. The rocker teamed up with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to provide instruments to schools without enough for students to play.
Much like they did for the 2007-08 reunion tour, Van Halen has crossed genres in selecting an opening act for their 2012 tour. According to Rolling Stone, none other than Kool and the Gang will open select shows when things kick off on Feb. 18 in Louisville, Ken.
While the choice is somewhat of a head-scratcher, the unconventional pairing could be a lot of fun, depending on which set Kool bring, the funk of the ’70s (check out ‘Spirit of the Boogie‘) or the less memorable R&B of the ’80s (‘Joanna‘).
Van Halen have been rehearsing for their 2012 tour for months, and tonight (Jan. 5) some lucky folks will get a first listen to songs from their new album — rumored to be called ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ — at the Cafe Wha? in New York City. Eddi
Al Roker and Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen engaged in a silent argument on Monday before a flight from Los Angeles to New York. The New York Post reports that Roker was seated between Van Halen and his wife Stine Schyberg, and refused to switch seats to accommodate the couple.
January is going to be a great month for Van Halen fans. The band is revealing their 2012 plans piecemeal, beginning with the recent unveiling of the album cover with the release date and continuing with tour details and a new song. The Van Halen News Desk reports that ‘Tattoo’ will be available to fans on Jan. 10.
Billy Gibbons doesn’t have to think hard about his best Christmas presents of all time. In an interview with Men’s Journal, the ZZ Top guitarist remembered one that changed his life. It was in 1962, and the young (likely clean-shaven) Gibbons was just 13-years-old.
While the name of Alice Cooper‘s yearly charity concert may cause one to taste breakfast a second time, the lineup for the 11th annual Welcome 2 My Pudding concert is unmistakably tasty. Rob Halford, The Tubes and members of Kiss and Motley Crue joined Cooper on stage at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix on Saturday night.
Elton John and Chris Cornell both were announced as nominees for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in January. In fact, both were nominated for awards in the same category: Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.
This year’s tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott was a who’s who of heavy metal Gods. Sebastian Bach, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, former Guns N’ Roses member Duff McKagan, and Tom Morello were just a few of the artists that showed up to honor the former Pantera guitarist, as well as the late Ronnie James Dio.
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