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By Tony Hicks and Tony Hicks,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 7, 2002
MILL VALLEY, Calif. - Sammy Hagar stands in the middle of his hotel lobby, giving instructions on how to properly drink the tequila that bears his label. The student is a TV cameraman, still lingering from an earlier interview, who's just received a bottle of Hagar's Cabo Wabo mixture, plucked from a cardboard case near the sliding glass door. Hagar's tone may be light, but he's dead serious when it comes to tequila. Properly approaching the good life matters. He wants the cameraman to savor the taste the way he does.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 28, 2007
Give credit (or blame?) to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: David Lee Roth is back with Van Halen and planning to tour. The mercurial Roth, who officially left Van Halen on April Fool's Day in 1985, will reunite with his old band for a tour that kicks off in North Carolina in early May, according to sources in the concert industry. Joining Roth will be guitar hero Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen. But bassist Michael Anthony reportedly will be replaced by Eddie Van Halen's teenage son Wolfgang.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 22, 1996
Most fans don't know this, but it was actually David Lee Roth who came up with the notion of using Van Halen as a band name. What was his thinking? "More syllables than 'Roth,' " went the practiced answer, which he invariably followed with guffaws.A good joke, sure, but if you want to hear the real reason the band has the name it does, forget the old stories and turn your attention to the new album, Van Halen's "Best Of Volume 1" (Warner Bros. 46332, arriving in stores today). All you have to do is hit "play," and as "Eruption" explodes from the speakers, the answer becomes obvious: It's called "Van Halen" because "Edward Van Halen" had too many syllables.
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By Eric R. Danton and Eric R. Danton,HARTFORD COURANT | June 25, 2004
So you're Alex Van Halen, you're lounging around the house and the phone rings. It's Sammy Hagar. You know, the Sammy Hagar, the one who fronted your band for 11 years before leaving in 1996 when tensions with your brother, guitar god Eddie, became unbearable? The one who toured two years ago with David Lee Roth, the flamboyant first singer for Van Halen? The one with his own brand of tequila? Now he's on the phone, calling to chat for the first time in eight years. What do you say? "It was like I had talked to him yesterday," Alex Van Halen says from Boston, on a tour that stops tonight at the MCI Center in Washington.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 28, 2007
Give credit (or blame?) to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: David Lee Roth is back with Van Halen and planning to tour. The mercurial Roth, who officially left Van Halen on April Fool's Day in 1985, will reunite with his old band for a tour that kicks off in North Carolina in early May, according to sources in the concert industry. Joining Roth will be guitar hero Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen. But bassist Michael Anthony reportedly will be replaced by Eddie Van Halen's teenage son Wolfgang.
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By Eric R. Danton and Eric R. Danton,HARTFORD COURANT | June 25, 2004
So you're Alex Van Halen, you're lounging around the house and the phone rings. It's Sammy Hagar. You know, the Sammy Hagar, the one who fronted your band for 11 years before leaving in 1996 when tensions with your brother, guitar god Eddie, became unbearable? The one who toured two years ago with David Lee Roth, the flamboyant first singer for Van Halen? The one with his own brand of tequila? Now he's on the phone, calling to chat for the first time in eight years. What do you say? "It was like I had talked to him yesterday," Alex Van Halen says from Boston, on a tour that stops tonight at the MCI Center in Washington.
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By Ken Rosenthal | February 19, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The easy thing would have been to stand pat. To bring back 24 of the 25 players from last season. To keep possibly the greatest team ever intact.But think about it: How many successful entities, in any walk of life, remain static? And how could the New York Yankees have duplicated their 1998 magic with the same cast?The Yankees' stunning acquisition of Roger Clemens for David Wells, Graeme Lloyd and Homer Bush yesterday will be interpreted by many as unnecessary and perhaps even dangerous tinkering.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 27, 1998
"Footloose," the new musical based on the 1984 movie about a city boy who moves to a small town where dancing is banned, began a one-month pre-Broadway run at Washington's Kennedy Center on Tuesday.Directed by Walter Bobbie, who won a Tony Award for the hit revival of "Chicago," the musical features a 37-member cast headed by Jeremy Kushnier (whose credits include the Toronto production of "Rent") in the role created on film by Kevin Bacon. The movie's composer, Tom Snow, and lyricist, Dean Pitchford, have added several songs to their score, which also includes music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
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By Simmi Buttar and Simmi Buttar,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2004
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - So, what can fans at MCI Center expect to see tonight from the re-formed Van Halen? For one thing, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony showed more energy at Tuesday night's opener of a two-night stay at the New Jersey Meadowlands than it has in two decades. Probably because the band is getting along better than it has in a long time. The set list included most of the band's hits under Hagar and, surprisingly, many David Lee Roth-era hits that Hagar refused to sing in his first Van Halen stint.
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By Nathan M. Pitts | June 5, 2003
An update on the concert scene: newly announced shows and ticket availability. For ticket information and purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT unless otherwise noted. Just announced Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sammy Hagar perform at Nissan Pavilion in Manassas, Va. July 29. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tori Amos, with guest Ben Folds, will play Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia Aug. 27. Tickets on sale at noon tomorrow. The Blind Boys of Alabama play the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis July 22-23.
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By Tony Hicks and Tony Hicks,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 7, 2002
MILL VALLEY, Calif. - Sammy Hagar stands in the middle of his hotel lobby, giving instructions on how to properly drink the tequila that bears his label. The student is a TV cameraman, still lingering from an earlier interview, who's just received a bottle of Hagar's Cabo Wabo mixture, plucked from a cardboard case near the sliding glass door. Hagar's tone may be light, but he's dead serious when it comes to tequila. Properly approaching the good life matters. He wants the cameraman to savor the taste the way he does.
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By Ken Rosenthal | February 19, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The easy thing would have been to stand pat. To bring back 24 of the 25 players from last season. To keep possibly the greatest team ever intact.But think about it: How many successful entities, in any walk of life, remain static? And how could the New York Yankees have duplicated their 1998 magic with the same cast?The Yankees' stunning acquisition of Roger Clemens for David Wells, Graeme Lloyd and Homer Bush yesterday will be interpreted by many as unnecessary and perhaps even dangerous tinkering.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 22, 1996
Most fans don't know this, but it was actually David Lee Roth who came up with the notion of using Van Halen as a band name. What was his thinking? "More syllables than 'Roth,' " went the practiced answer, which he invariably followed with guffaws.A good joke, sure, but if you want to hear the real reason the band has the name it does, forget the old stories and turn your attention to the new album, Van Halen's "Best Of Volume 1" (Warner Bros. 46332, arriving in stores today). All you have to do is hit "play," and as "Eruption" explodes from the speakers, the answer becomes obvious: It's called "Van Halen" because "Edward Van Halen" had too many syllables.
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By Teresa Gubbins and Teresa Gubbins,DALLAS MORNING NEWS | March 9, 1996
Despite limited cult success the first time around, the animated 1981 film "Heavy Metal" returned to theaters yesterday with remastered soundtrack and color.When first released, the film, a spinoff of the Heavy Metal comic book published by the National Lampoon organization, followeda mini-wave of post-'60s adult animation led by Ralph Bakshi's "Fritz the Cat." "Heavy Metal" consists of six short science-fiction stories, each drawn by a different group of animators, but all sharing an emphasis on sex, drugs and rock and roll.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | July 19, 1993
Hard rock musicians talk all the time about how much they love their fans, but few ever make that affection as obvious as Van Halen did at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Saturday.It wasn't just the way singer Sammy Hagar went on about how great the crowd was, either, for the band's enthusiasm was audible in every note, from the set-opening "Mine All Mine" to the encore rendition of "Rockin' In the Free World."True, there weren't many surprises in the set list. Van Halen is currently touring behind its live album, "Right Here, Right Now," and as such turned in what was essentially a greatest-hits show.
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