Van Halen’s ‘She’s the Woman’ Footage and ‘Tattoo’ Artwork Arrives
The Van Halen news just keeps turning up this week, and now we’ve got information to share on two songs from their upcoming album ‘A Different Kind of Truth.’
As we already told you, the band debuted a new/old song from the record, ‘She’s the Woman,’ during their fantastic New York City club show last night.
According to the always helpful Van Halen Encyclopedia, the song was first recorded by the band in 1977 for their Warner Brothers demo sessions. However it has not appeared on an official Van Halen album until now.
You can now see fan-shot video footage of the Cafe Wha? performance of the song, and compare it to the original version. Obviously, the song has mutated a bit over the last 35 years.
For one thing, they had to replace the pre-solo guitar riff because they used it on ‘Mean Street,’ the opening track of their 1981 album ‘Fair Warning.’ Also, Michael Anthony’s distinctive background vocals and bass playing has been replaced by the work of Eddie’s mega-talented son Wolfgang.
We’ll all get a chance to hear a second song from ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ next Tuesday, Jan. 10 when the first single ‘Tattoo’ arrives. However we can take a quick look at the single art today. It features the same red and white color scheme as the train image — supposedly NOT the album cover, but related to it — that’s been turning up on Times Square billboards and other places lately. Gotta say, it looks like Van Halen is a band with a plan lately!
Watch Van Halen Perform ‘She’s the Woman’ at Cafe Wha?
Hear Van Halen’s 1977 Demo Version of ‘She’s the Woman’