THE MIGHTY VAN HALEN’s U.S. tour came to an end a few nights ago, fittingly, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Where, by all account, the band was on fire (and this isn’t a post about THAT, and David Lee Roth’s voice and all that usual bullshit. I watched a ton of videos from this tour and with a few exceptions he sounded fine and fun. If you want the record, listen to the record. If you want a true live experience with fire and flair, that’s what VH with DLR do nightly. Now, stfu). Rather, this is about what happens next, now that the tour is done. What will they be doing next?
Except for rumors and innuendo, what the band will do next is, as usual, unknown. Us fans will check the Van Halen News Desk for any nugget of information, scouring the comments for a post from a former guitar tech or some other supposed “insider”. Will there be a new album? Someone saw Eddie? Dave is in Japan? Who knows! As usual it will be dead silence from the VH camp, save for Wolf, who is pretty active on Instagram – but it’s only VH-related when they’re active.
The silence is maddening…I mean, come on! The official VH website hasn’t been updated since July 10! JULY 10? Are you fucking kidding me? NOBODY could post photos while on tour? Behind-the-scenes stuff? Anything? Dave’s website used to have a slew of fantastic photos, including behind-the-scenes photos from the last tour, but the website went dark (literally!) before the tour. And now it’s a generic bio site. Horrible. Dave’s fun web series, “The Roth Show” went dark as well – and ALL the episodes were taken down from You Tube several months ago. That’s all very strange…what was the impetus behind that happening?
Now I love a little mystery – keep fans guessing and wondering. In an age where every move by bands and artists are all over social media, that there we no interviews around the tour (save for Eddie’s interview in Billboard magazine, right before the tour launched, which provided enough fodder for the rumor mill.). Van Halen’s disappearing act, though, is ridiculous. Wouldn’t it be awesome if a post-tour thank you, some video – ANYTHING – was posted at the VH website? Some photos??
But…maybe the silence and inactivity is the only way they can keep the peace. Hell, maybe its contractually obligated! Surprisingly, Dave didn’t return fire on Eddie’s comments on him in that Billboard article. After that, we were holding our breath, expecting the tour go off the rails – or not happen at all.
If this what it takes to keep the band together – sigh – so be it, I guess. I’ll wait for the book, I guess (Crazy from the Heat pt. 2? Please, Dave!)
Drives me up the wall, regardless. For now, there’s always You Tube.