By now, longtime Van Halen fans are accustomed to expecting shenanigans to happen between the band members. Throughout the band's tumultuous 40-year career, there's been enough partying and in-fighting that many of today's bands couldn't accomplish collectively, nevertheless as one entity. Yet Van Halen has managed to survive three singers and two bassists to remain one of the last remaining monsters of rock, if not dinosaurs.
A few weeks ago, that didn't seem possible. Legendary--and ornery--guitarist Eddie Van Halen gave a rare interview with Billboard that was incindiary even by Van Halen standards. Calling out current and former singers David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar (to a lesser extent) and Gary Cherone and former bassist Michael Anthony, that piece could have easily thawed relations with the guitarist and anyone without the last name of Van Halen. Knowing the history of the band, that could have easily derailed this tour, but alas, it didn't.More »