During the recent interview with Metal Highlights; famous rock journalist Eddie Trunk comments on the recent rumors of Van Halen reuniting with the lineup of David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen.
He said that ‘there indeed will be some Van Halen activity in 2019 in terms of live shows’. Here’s the statement:
“I hesitate to even talk about this because every year there’s some rumor about Van Halen about to do something or announce something, and ultimately it just doesn’t happen. But, a little more so than normal as we close out 2018, I’m starting to hear some rumblings. I have sources and people I hear from and stuff that – as I was saying the other day, has to remain off the record.
So I cannot cite my source, but I did hear from somebody who is in the music industry, who told me that he has spoken to some people and he’s hearing from some people that there indeed will be some Van Halen activity in 2019 in terms of live shows. And the rumors are – and it’s again, I stress rumors, rumors, rumors. Did you hear me say rumors?
The rumors from reliable sources – but still rumors that are unconfirmed – is that the band will tour in 2019 with the original band, which would mean the return of Michael, and that there it’s gonna be some sort of stadium package
So again I cannot stress enough that is not confirmed in any way shape or form but there are starting to be some real substantial rumors about that as we close out 2018. And somebody who will remain anonymous, who contacted me because he was listening to this show yesterday, said that he also has heard that – and he is actively in the industry. And that would tie into what David Lee Roth said when he’s running around selling his skin cream or whatever it is that he’s doing – that Van Halen would play Yankee Stadium [in New York City].
I don’t think that Van Halen – even with the original band, I think Van Halen would need to have to do a full stadium tour of America. Even bringing Michael back, hypothetically, I still think they probably want a little more meat on the bone to sell it – meaning I don’t think they would do it just then.
I’m thinking if it were to happen, it would be more of a – sort of like Def Leppard and Journey did some stadiums. Maybe not that much of a pure co-headline, but Van Halen with one or two real-name acts on as support. And that would also tie into one of the things that Roth said because he mentioned some other bands that they might be playing with.
It’s something to hope for but I can tell you there are people that are actively in the music industry that listen to this show and I got an email from one yesterday saying, ‘Yeah I’m hearing it too. I’m hearing stadiums and I’m hearing, ‘original band’.‘
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Two weeks ago, during in a recent interview with Vulture, vocalist David Lee Roth hinted at the first live show of Van Halen’s reunion tour. He said:
“I’ll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment. My mom still wonders. We don’t think about the price. Because, you know, next time my rock band will be playing the same place that the Yankees play. Okay?
Interviewer said: “Are you telling me that Van Halen will play Yankee Stadium next summer? You promised four New York copy editors free tickets today”. Roth responded:
“Yeah, but I can’t … If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, ‘Oh, this leaked…’ But, the band will be – I can’t say.”