VAN HALEN & BLACK SABBATH!!
Just like the 78' tour.....well not so much, but news on both bands!
VAN HALEN: Ramp It Up in L.A.
Just less than four weeks after they played an intimate invitation-only club show at New York's Cafe Wha, Van Halen took to the stage at Henson Studios in their hometown of Los Angeles last night. And while the idea was similar, everything about it was just a bit bigger.
The stage was more like the one they'll use on their upcoming arena tour, with runways extending from the stage that ran along opposite walls of the rectangular room.
As the band went into their opener, "You Really Got Me," David Lee Roth said, "We've been dusting off the set for the last few months and tonight we're gonna dust off the barbecue." There was no barbecue, but the set-list added the first performances of "Tattoo" and "The Trouble With Never" from A Different Kind of Truth, which hits stores Tuesday. They also pulled out a new chestnut, "Unchained," in place of "Somebody Get Me a Doctor."
And though they also closed the show with "Jump," it was on a grander scale, with the band being joined by a troupe of Brazilian Carnival drummers and female dancers, who lined both runways, while confetti streamed from the rafters.
Van Halen's tour starts February 18th in Louisville, Kentucky.-
BLACK SABBATH: Hometown Honor?
Black Sabbath's hometown of Birmingham, England may soon establish a day in the band's honor. A report by Destination Birmingham is urging the town council to acknowledge their reunion and participation in the nearby Download Festival, saying it's "an opportunity we should not miss." Councilman Philip Parkin says celebrating the reunion would not only celebrate Birmingham's musical heritage but also inspire emerging bands.
The original Sabbath members are in Birmingham recording their first studio album in 33 years as guitarist Tony Iommi undergoes cancer treatment there. Iommi is the only member of the band who still lives in Birmingham. --
On a side note....I've been listening to the new Van Halen album (can't air it yet) and there are MANY and I mean MANY songs that are waaaaaayyyy better than "Tattoo"!
That's all for now,