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Posted on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 09:22AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments9 Comments | References1 Reference

evh.jpgLike a jester jangling the keys before the king, Eddie Van Halen has checked into rehab. Five days before Van Halen's induction into the rock n' roll hall of fame. Hours after David Lee Roth announces he isn't "allowed" to perform at the ceremony.

Don't worry, glam fans. Velvet Revolver will be there to make it all better.

Here's the guitar god's statement, released on www.rollingstone.com:

'"I would like Van Halen fans to know how much I truly appreciate each and every one of you. Without you there is no Van Halen.

I have always and will always feel a responsibility to give you my best. At the moment I do not feel that I can give you my best. That's why I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110% that I feel I owe you and want to give you.

Some of the issues surrounding the 2007 Van Halen tour are within my ability to change and some are not. As far as my rehab is concerned, it is within my ability to change and change for the better. I want you to know that is exactly what I'm doing, so that I may continue to give you the very best I am capable of.

I look forward to seeing you in the future better than ever and I thank you with all my heart.'"

The glam mistress can't help but wonder if Eddie's porn publicist -cum- girlfriend - cum - rock manager is behind the statement and decision.

If you've been following the Van Halen reunion saga, you know the story is better than an old re-reun of Dallas.

"Who shot J.R.?!"
"What did Sammy say to the Associated Press?!"

Ech.

Give me a break. Make no mistake, glam fans, Van Halen as a group are rock royalty and it really doesn't matter who is behind the microphone. David Lee Roth had a great ten year run with the boys, so did Sammy Hagar. The way they are ineffectually handling this induction honor is putting a major tarnish on a great musical career.

In his heyday, no one could touch Eddie Van Halen.

No one.

I guess that's why I don't understand why Van Halen couldn't get it together for three minutes on Monday night at the induction ceremony. Let Roth sing a little of "Jump." Let Sammy sing a few bars of "Poundcake."

Let Eddie try to play "Eruption," the song that changed the lives of a million guitarists.

I wish Eddie much luck in rehab. It's been a long time coming, and the booze is killing a once great musician.

Sidenote: Be sure to check back tomorrow for a special 100th post celebration!

 

 

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I think that there is a perfect opportunity for David Lee Roth to reform his own band and do something else.

There is probably enough interest out there to hear some new David Lee Roth material (as long as it isnt Vegas show tunes) as there is Van Halen.

Dave ought to call Vai and Sheehan and see what they are up to these days.
March 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHard Rock Hideout
That's a shame. I was looking forward to the Van Halen reunion!!
I hope everything turns out alright for Eddie.
That would be cool if David Lee Roth would come back and do some solo stuff!!
March 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Unfortunately Eddie kind of looks like the Cryptkeeper.
March 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
I know the camera can catch people off guard but he don't look well.

I've said a few times about DLR calling Vai & Sheehan up and doing his big solo show again - if the call was there for a VH reunion, with the right promo a classic DLR tour should sell.
March 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Isn't it sad that one of the true guitar legends of our time has fallen so hard? EVH in his prime was THE premier Rock guitarist bar none. Today, he has ruined his band, tarnished his legacy, and has become an afterthought. I hope he cleans up and gets himself healthy.

As for DLR, forget VH and do your own thing.
March 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRhodeislandrock
EVH is the ultimate window ledge, Van Halen were also much better with DLR then Sammy. Dave didn't sing about jesus all the time. I would love for the band to reform with Dave and tour England, bring on some house of pain!
August 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertom
rock on EVH your still the king
October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteredward roos
That aint no big deal at all, everyone has got that one thing that they battle with, and there isnt any shame in it,,,, Eddie I idolize ya man , your the greatest keep on doing your thing ,there ain't no one out there like ya. I cant wait till you do a tour near Missouri Im gonna be there man....

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July 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTravis Newberry
Randy Rhoads died before anyone could take him seriously, he's got that death gimmick approach to him.
March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

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