After leaving a bad taste in the mouth of thousands of fans with cancelled shows in Australia last August, the Hall of Fame band, Van Halen, has finally put an end to all of the rumors of a new album by releasing the first single.
Released in early January, “Tattoo” is the first single released off of Van Halen’s new album entitled “A Different Kind of Truth” – the first album in over a decade with all-new material on it, and the first since the mid-80s to feature David Lee Roth as the lead vocalist. Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, will be playing the bass for the band, while his brother, Alex, is on the drums.
This album will also be the first on their new record label with Interscope Records.
As word, and doubt, about Van Halen releasing a new single off their album grew louder, “Tattoo” debuted Jan. 10.
It’s good to hear Eddie ripping those classic guitar solos like it’s 1978.
Listed at No. 8 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Eddie saves the song from repetitive lyrics such as “Show me your dragon magic” and “Swap meet Sally, tramp stamp Kat, mousewife to bombshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo.”
“Tattoo” may not be Van Halen’s best, but it did get listed on Billboard’s Best Rock Songs at No. 16. Released last Tuesday, 12 other songs joined “Tattoo” as the album “A Different Kind of Truth” was released internationally.
With almost 50 shows scheduled across the nation, and a few in Canada, Van Halen will be storming the United States again following their 2007-2008 tour, which was cut short by Eddie entering rehab.
While Eddie was in rehab, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and only former lead-vocalist Sammy Hagar and former bassist Michael Anthony were there to accept the award and perform at the induction.
In regards to the cancelled shows, Hagar and Anthony told Rolling Stone, “I’m so disappointed in those guys […] I really don’t like them anymore, and I can’t tell you how sad it is to me that what we had as creative guys, and as a friendship, how it just went away.”
Van Halen has always had a rocky history due to the fact that Eddie Van Halen was known to be unstable. Sammy Hagar said in his memoir, “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,” that Eddie was extremely unstable and no one would ever be able to predict what he was going to do. Eddie was quoted saying, “I pulled my own tooth – this thing was bugging me so I got a pair of pliers and pulled it out.”
Hagar also said, “Whenever he came out with no shirt and his hair tied up samurai-style, he seemed [messed] up. That was his little signal.”
Hopefully with this new 2012 tour and release of a new album, Eddie will have his hair down and be fully clothed. And it will be great to hear David Lee Roth up there next to Eddie while he hits those guitar riffs from the old days.