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Van Halen, 'Blood and Fire' -- Song Preview

The other day, Van Halen released a snippet of another new song for their upcoming album A Different Kind of Truth. The preview is about 90 seconds of the track "Blood and Fire." From the little I've heard, I think "Blood and Fire" will be a much better tune than "Tattoo."

The music for "Blood and Fire" almost sounds like it could fit on OU812 but then David Lee Roth starts singing and I'm reminded that Sammy Hagar is gone and we're back to VH1. This isn't a bad thing or a judgement: just that maybe the music and the eras don't mix. I guess I need to hear the whole song to really judge but even this 90 seconds of new music is getting me more excited for Feb. 7 and the official album release. What do you think of the song preview?

Reader Comments (21)

Sorry Allyson,but even with DLR back, we are NOT back to VH1. Not as long as Ed is babysitting his kid & parking him in the bass player's position.

No offense to Wolf, but his abilities are at a garage band level, while Mike Anthony was a master in the bottom end of a rhythm section. And that's not even what made him unreplaceable. His distinctive BACKING VOCALS. No Mikey, no Van Halen. Listen to this...It's from before their 1st album came out... never more was it so obvious how essential Michael Anthony & his vocals were.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Yeah, but, Ace, let's not forget -- Diamond Dave has said on numerous occasions, had it not been for Wolf, the reunion with Roth and the Van Halens never woulda happened.

I miss Anthony but I'd rather have Roth back in the fold. We will know for sure if losing Anthony was worth the sacrifice and getting Roth back pays off on February 7th.

Commence countdown...
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
The full song, plus "Tattoo" and "The Trouble with Never," are both streaming at if anyone is interested.

I can take or leave this song. The "Stay Frosty" preview is more intriguing to me. What with the "Ice Cream Man" lead-in and Dave meets Zep yelps (hoarsely, granted) segueing into . . . well, we will just have to wait until the full release won't we?

I love the way Ace combines the phrase "Ed is babysitting his kid" with the follow-up "No offense to Wolf" that is then rounded out by "his abilities are at a garage band level." Actually, you did mean offense to Wolf.

It would be the same if I were to say "I don't mean to nitpick your argument Ace, but . . . ." You get the point. Luckily, it doesn't matter (your jab or my observation or both).

If Van Halen wanted to get fans talking, then these leaks have done that. If they wanted to develop an overwhelmingly positive vibe, not so sure. But message boards do not a fan base make or represent, just a particular segment of that base and a host of others who decide to chime in because time and posting are free.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Well..I am not too sure about this song...I really like Tatoo, after many listens...And I'll probably like this one. I'm a big sucka for good music..especially bands from my day. Cannot wait til the release.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrian L
So, haven't heard the song yet so can't comment but I'm really pumped. Got my tickets for the show and I haven't seen VH since the 1984 tour so can't wait.

I guess I never appreciated Mike when he was around because, while I think it's pretty bad that Eddie turfed him and replaced him with his kid, I'm guessing I won't miss him a whole lot when I see the show. I feel bad for him. I think it's rotten the way he was treated but to me the big draws were always DLR (sorry Sammy) and Eddie. Alex next. Mike was always last on my list.

Sure I'd love it if they all got back together but I'll take this version of VHI over nothing.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRita
Again, we most likely wouldn't even be having this discussion if it weren't for Wolfgang talkin' his Dad into reforming with Roth. As I said, that's according to Diamond Dave himself.

As far as the new album is concerned, based on he advance song and previews, it is gonna ROCK!
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Still not feeling this at all. Music is ok, I guess I was looking for something a lot better a new.

I was hoping for some old school rock, but it obviously isn't there. I'll save my money for Chickenfoot this summer and maybe a trip to see Steel Panther.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJN
Actually, the groove of this song reminds me of Little Guitars from Diver Down. Not bad at all really. Look people, it's 2012 and these dudes are pushing 60. If you're expecting the second coming of Somebody Get Me a Doctor, Atomic Punk, everybody Wants some, or other balls to the wall rockers like that, it ain't gonna happen. It's unrealistic to expect these guys to sound like they did 30+ years ago. As long as the new album turns out to be an enjoyable listen, I'll be happy. If I need my face blown off by Van halen, I'll crank the first few albums.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpaul
It sounds like Hagar era because the riff from 8 seconds to 12 seconds sounds like it was lifted right from "Feelin", the closing sound of Balance. The rest of it sounds a bit like "Little Guitars" from Diver Down.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSasquatch
Now y'all gotta see this is a train wreck. No you don't, sorry, but..
Wolfie the impetus for reuniteing? Then its his fault too. "Dad, please put Dave in VH so I can play bass" We all know Sammy would never if it were even possible (I know its not)sing for this band again without Mike on bass.

Said it song and snippets mediocre, Kool n the F'in Gang opening?!?!, silver spoon in mouth bassist = train wreck.

Waste of $ guaranteed
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKixchix
Ace, thanks bro! That version of "On Fire" literally lives up to the name! LOL. Ed's playing and tone right there is the very reason that I got head over heels into the guitar back in 78 at the age of 15,after about 3 years of just noodling around and half assing it.Eddie was like a bolt of lightning to me.

As for this latest go round, I'm up in the air about ponying up about $250 for me and the little woman to go see what I know isn't going to come close to living up to what I witnessed on the Women And Children First and 1984 tours....(Somewhere in the Panama video my stoned ass lurks, as a lot of it was filmed in the Philly Spectrum, and I was in the 4th row) LOL
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Kixchix (again, I wonder if there is more than one), you really seem to write when you are angry. You don't like the "new son and snippets" that have been released. Check. You have something against Eddie's son. Got it. You aren't a fan of Kool and the Gang (who were actually quite a tight funk outfit whose actual musical legacy was drowned out by "Celebration"). Clear as crystal. You like a good ole non sequitur when it serves to heat up the polemic. Ditto.

So what is the point? Are you shaming people who like the new stuff or might want to go to see the "train wreck" (you used that phrase twice for emphasis)? That seems like an odd way to spend one's time.
January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Talk about a typo . . . "new song and snippets."
January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim

Not angry at all. Thank you for asking. I love debate. Read my post again, "Sorry, you don't have to see its a train wreck".

This is the comments section of Allison's blog. Comments can be positive, comments can be negative.

I stated my beliefs on the VH news, which usually is the intention of this section, unless compelled to respond to personal comments not representative of the topic.

HIM stated his beliefs on MY comments?.?.? Hmmmm Him. Angry? Hurt feelings?

Seems like an odd way to spend Him's time.

Enjoy your weekend. :)
January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKixchix
Ah, a great debate happening here, to be sure.

As I wrote in my review of the 2007-2008 VH tour, 3/4 does not a true reunion make. Michael Anthony fell victim to the politics and ego-driven powerplays of rock and roll -- which is particularly sad in this case because he truly does offers the secret key ingredient to creating the classic VH magic.

As for their new music, Allyson is on-point with her assessment that in the case of "Blood and Fire," it's an unsuccessful marriage of the band's two eras. However, I do like "Tattoo." Hey, it ain't "Loss of Control," but it sure ain't "Me Wise Magic" either.

As a longtime fan, I'm excited about the new record and upcoming tour.
January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher Long
Oh yeah. I like this song. Kinda reminds me of "In A Simple Rhyme" or something of that ilk
January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary
This snippet of the song sounds pretty boring. But, maybe the album as a whole will be better. I bought my tickets two days ago for the Atlanta show on April 19th. I'm also going to do the New Orleans show on June 26th. Hopefully, they'll put on a good tour.
January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWard
There you go Kixchix. I am glad to hear you are just expressing your opinions and aren't in the least bit angry. I also like the fact that you are interested in debate.

Why do I post? I like to comment on the news that Allyson brings to our attention. I also like to add to it sometimes. I did both of those things in my first post on this topic. But I also like to get to know other posters (such as Metalboy!) and get a sense--as best as you can when we are commenting anonymously--of where they are coming from, music- and comment-wise. That is why I commented on your comments. And we both did that Kixchix. You brought up Kook and the Gang. That wasn't mentioned in Allyson's post. But I thought the comment "Kool n the F'in Gang opening?!?!" sounded angry or at last energetic. So I added to what you said. A blog is somewhat organic, so each comment contributes to the overall narrative. In that way, both of us are similar.

I drew you out with my observations and I appreciate the response. Not angry at all that you would do that. In fact, I appreciate it. And I also appreciate you questioning how I spend my time since I questioned your use of your time.

I read Allyson's blog to relax and find out what is going on regarding the music I enjoy. When I reply, I try to be constructive, occasionally pointed, but never disrespectful and certainly never involved in invective for invective's sake. I just had the sense, after reading some of your posts, that you seem to be quite the polemical fireplug, burning down bridges with declarations made of kindling. If I got that wrong, then I got that wrong.

So let me apologize if I misinterpreted what you originally wrote: "Now y'all gotta see this is a train wreck. No you don't, sorry, but.." I didn't quite interpret that to mean what you explained it mean: "Sorry, you don't have to see its a train wreck." I guess I sometimes fail to read between the lines. The first line sounded more like a taunt; the second more like respect for different opinions. I'll go with the second interpretation from now on since that is the last one you wrote.

But enough of all that. I've wasted what is left of this weekend. Enjoy yours. I will enjoy mine.
January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Enough with the Mike Anthony made Van Halen comments, he is gone move on! I think the song is great and the tour will be the highlight of 2012.
January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlooksthatkill

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