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Tuesday September 9



Van Halen Split Explained

(hennemusic) Bassist Michael Anthony is revisiting his split from Van Halen in a new interview with Eddie Trunk and reveals he hasn't spoken with the Van Halen brothers in a decade. Anthony was famously removed from the Van Halen lineup by guitarist Eddie Van Halen sometime in 2002 because he remained friendly with Sammy Hagar after his stint in the band. "I think it was actually when Sammy asked me to come out and guest at some shows when he did the Hagar-Roth tour [in 2002]," Anthony tells Eddie Trunk. "I don't think that sat too well with some people. [Laughs] And it was really odd, because I thought that I'd be out there… Sammy asked me, 'Hey, you wanna come out and maybe jam a couple of Van Halen tunes?' whatever. Not do the whole tour, but just do a few shows. And I thought, 'God, that'll be great. I'll go out there and I'll wave the VH flag high. And I'll also let people know that I'm not dead, that I'm still around. And, unfortunately, Eddie didn't see it that way." "What actually happened was I hadn't really decided to do it, and Eddie and Alex [Van Halen] knew about it, and Eddie called me," he continued. "And I really don't wanna get into that conversation, but to put it in a nutshell, he didn't want me to be a part of that circus. But then Van Halen wasn't doing anything, and I was just so frustrated because I was tired of sitting home on my hands. My wife wanted me out of the house, 'cause I was driving her nuts also. [Laughs] But I just wanted to get out and play. And I thought, you know, it's, like… OK, he's not in the band, but it's, like… I don't know… I guess it was more of, like, 'You're with us or you're not. You're in or you're out.' There's no area… It's cut and dried. And what happened was [Eddie] actually kind of backed me up against the wall and he gave me an ultimatum: Are you gonna go out and you're gonna play this or whatever?' And it really upset me; he pissed me off. And I said, 'I'm gonna go out and play.' And that was kind of the end of that conversation. Then I got a call back from Alex about a half hour later saying, 'Oh, well, you know Ed. You know how Ed is. He's like that,' or whatever. And at that point, I was just, like, 'You know what?! I'm…' As much as I love those guys and the band and whatever, we had just all of a sudden been through so much, after Sammy was out of the band, and I think all of the drama with Gary [Cherone] and whatever, I wanted to get out and play. So I don't know if you would call that me quitting the band or just…? I was backed up against the wall. And I wanted to get out and play." The bassist tells Trunk that he has had no contact with the Van Halen brothers in the past decade. "You know what?! The last time that I actually spoke to either one of 'em was the last show of our 2004 tour," says Anthony. "And it's really sad too. I've heard from different people… I know a lot of people that work with them, like the crew guys and stuff like that. So I always hear stuff from them."

Read more: Tuesday September 9

Monday September 8



Led Zeppelin Insider Has Advice For Aspiring Rock Stars

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin tour manager Richard Cole has recalled the biggest lesson he learned from band boss Peter Grant. And he believes young artists would benefit from studying the rock icons' approach to their business, which kept rolling despite their fabled backstage behaviour. He believes the band benefitted from having genuine work experience before finding fame. "Most of us left school in England when we were 15 and went to work," he says. "I was a scaffolder, John Bonham had been a bricklayer, Robert Plant had worked with asphalt on the road. "Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were session musicians - when they tell you to be there for 10am, you're there. These were coveted jobs so they didn't mess around. So all of us had that work ethic." That element is missing from young artists' education today, Cole thinks. "The most common thing you hear is, 'I want to be rich and famous.' They think it's an overnight job. It's not - it's a lot of schlepping. In 1968 no one knew how much money there was in the music business. Money wasn't the driver for bands in the early days. I remember being in pubs with the Beatles and they were just happy they were making a living out of music, rather than having to do some mundane job in Liverpool."

Read more: Monday September 8

Friday September 5



Led Zeppelin Premiere New Version Of Black Dog

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are premiering an unreleased version of "Black Dog" as a preview of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1971 release, "Led Zeppelin IV", due on October 28. "'Black Dog' is obviously one of the songs that Led Zeppelin is really noted for," guitarst Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone. "It's one of the powerhouse numbers that we did with an incredible riff. The version on the companion disc is a rough mix in its early stage with minimal guitar overdubs and Robert's original vocal. And you can hear how mean it is." Released in November 1971, the album - which is officially untitled - defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA. here.

Read more: Friday September 5

Thursday September 4



Ozzy Osbourne's Hell Gate Coming

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has launched a new Facebook page for a forthcoming attraction called "Ozzy Osbourne's Hell Gate." The rocker has yet to reveal further details regarding the event, which is "coming October 2015." One possible scenario is that Ozzy has reteamed with Universal Studios Hollywood for their annual Halloween Horror Nights event. Last year, Ozzy and Black Sabbath were featured in an all-original 3D maze, "Black Sabbath: 13 3D". The maze, based on the darkest lyrics from Black Sabbath's biggest hit songs and the only attraction at the horror event to incorporate 3D video, also included scenes inspired by the band's latest album, "13".

Read more: Thursday September 4

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