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.
John Fogerty revealed he’s been working on a new solo album that could include an all-star lineup of guest appearances. The odds of him patching things up with former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates for this project, a separate project or a future tour remain slimmer than Vanilla Ice being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Sad thing is, even he might get in before Rush or Kiss.)
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.
Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler will be the amongst the first guests on Oprah Winfrey’s new primetime series ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ when it launches on Jan. 1 at 9PM on her network, OWN. Tyler and his girlfriend Erin Brady sat down with Winfrey in September to talk about their future, and his past.
Percussionist Ralph MacDonald, the hidden force behind platinum selling songs and albums from artists like David Bowie, Paul Simon and Jimmy Buffett, died on Sunday (Dec. 18) at age 67. Known as “the ghost,” MacDonald’s Caribbean style on congas and dozens of other hand drums and music-makers helped make artists big enough to be recognized by first name — Aretha, Luther, Stevie — only get bigger.
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