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    Default DAVE Herald Sun Australia interview.

    Here’s the link.

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment...-1226266040365

    >> Can you see yourself in Van Halen long-term this time around?
    DLR.
    It’s a revised spirit, it’s a real band. However temporary it may be there’s a real core of strength, an integrity to the band. An obsessiveness to it that will ring true at least for the rest of this tour.

    To promise anything beyond that, I don’t know. That kind of friction and back and forth solicits the best. In the battle of the bands, we actually are a battle of the bands in one band.

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment...#ixzz1lr4P7mCn



    In our local paper today.

    Should we be worried by Dave saying?….”To promise anything beyond this Tour I don’t know”

    Or is that Dave stirring things up?Hope so.


    Also no mention of Australian Tour.
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    Album of the week: Van Halen
    saveTHE last time David Lee Roth made an album with Van Halen it was 1984. ....End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar.

    THIS legendary rocker is back with Van Halen and barking mad about dogs, writes Cameron Adams.

    >> Since we last saw you you've become a dog trainer.

    Well on the insurance form they're called "canine athletes". We train dogs for cattle and sheep herding. They're very different. Sheep are a lot like supermodels - they bunch together, they rattle very easily.

    You want to keep the dog 10-15m out or they act like girls at a nightclub: "OMG, he's looking!" Cattle are like drunks at a hockey game - two will want to fight: "Who are you and what's with your badge?"

    Two of them will be like: "Leave them alone, let's go see the game." Another one is lost: "Where'd you guys go?" The dog has to deal with all of that. You work them off a whistle. It's the original video game.

    >> Do you get recognised by people in the dog world?

    If you work with livestock, if you wear jeans to work, don't tell me you don't know Van Halen. That's an in for me. I'm wildly enthusiastic about dog handling, it gives me an entree to travel the world.

    My dog Mike will enable me to travel to the UK and Ireland. I'll come in dead last, make no mistake, but it's life outside of the showbiz circle.

    It's international and noisy and a little dirt under the fingernail adds a little to the sandwich.

    >> You're back fronting Van Halen and have made A Different Kind of Truth, your first album with them since 1984. Was it important not to just tour and play old songs?

    Nostalgia is a form of denial. I love denial. I like selective amnesia, too. Mix the two and you've got a hell of a weekend. However, in terms of aiming the starship there, nah, retromania is not a great destination.

    >> Recording the album took so long your Australian tour last year was cancelled. What was it like in the studio?

    There's a history of tension between you and Eddie Van Halen.

    It was like a stand off in a Chuck Norris movie. We each had the laser dot on everybody's forehead waiting for the other guy to blink. Except for Wolfie, he had a Super Soaker ...

    >> Yes, Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang is on bass now. What's it like being in a band with a 20-year-old?

    I'm starting to be impressed by the kid. I didn't want to be. He can play the s--- out of that thing. He's bringing it. We never changed. We're a '70s hard rock band. We enjoyed our fame in the '80s but all our roots are pre-'80s. That's Van Halen. Old plus new. It's like watching Dragnet on your iPad.

    >> How are you and Eddie getting on?

    If Ed and I can get along then world peace can have a chance. There's sparks, there's energy, there's a team enthusiasm closer to pirates than little league. There's still some pillaging going on there. You can hear it in the music. There's routinely conflict but there's a lot of laughter.

    A lot of appreciation for the privilege of the job; compared to some of the other jobs we've all held, this is better. In one of the songs I say, 'I've been rich and I've been poor, rich is better'. It's totally better.

    >> How do you describe the chemistry between you and Eddie? It's led to you leaving the band a few times.

    Our form of sparks will be in the first sentence of our mutual obituaries. These are the songs and messages that have brought a smile to a thousand hips.

    Maybe that's our only responsibility as artists. You must delight. I don't care if you're running with a football in a screaming stadium or playing a solo violin in a concert hall, you must delight. We treasure that responsibility more than ever. You see it in the handshakes.

    The smiles are genuine. We individually idle somewhere between pissed off and not too pissed off in terms of anger. When you get too happy that's a different band. That's a vacation.

    >> What was it like seeing Van Halen when Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone was frontman?

    When you change the engine, you have a whole different form of transportation. Any similarity between the reality of some of the other vocalists and mine is purely coincidental.

    >> In your most recent stint away from Van Halen you worked as an emergency medical technician in New York. Tell us about that.

    I pushed an ambulance for three summers. That right there provides a whole new view of the world around me. It was crystallising. Galvanising. I was in and out of the projects.

    When you hear Jay-Z rap about Marcy Projects ... been there. Life loves those who love life. That's what I ran into in the blue uniform.

    When I pursued it even further into aviation and dog handling, I recognise the similarities more than the differences. But hey man, no metaphysics until happy hour!

    >> OK, it's Van Halen's 40th anniversary this year.

    That's some distance in a business where three-and-a-half summers is the requisite career. We're 40 summers at this camp. They made me a counsellor this time.

    There's not much here I don't know how to do. I know how to make the pancakes, get the kayaks ready. I do the camp fires arguably the best.

    >> Can you see yourself in Van Halen long-term this time around?

    It's a revised spirit, it's a real band. However temporary it may be there's a real core of strength, an integrity to the band. An obsessiveness to it that will ring true at least for the rest of this tour.

    To promise anything beyond that, I don't know. That kind of friction and back and forth solicits the best. In the battle of the bands, we actually are a battle of the bands in one band.

    A Different Kind of Truth (Universal) out now.



    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment...#ixzz1lr62pz00
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    Quote Originally Posted by PT 5150 View Post

    Should we be worried by Dave saying?….”To promise anything beyond this Tour I don’t know”

    Or is that Dave stirring things up?Hope so.


    Also no mention of Australian Tour.

    yeah, im sure they want people to think the whole thing could implode at any minute, that way they'll go to the show because they thought it might be their last chance.

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    Who knows? I'm greedy and I want it to last a while but Dave's comment doesn't bother me too much. Even if he said "We've become the best of friends and plan to make several more albums" the reality is that the members of this band will always be volatile and even a single thing at a single show could send the whole thing out of control again.

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    I saw the interview today in Brisbanes "Courier mail".
    I was worried too about the last answer, but I guess Dave is being honest too. I think they are still taking this step by step. They are concentrating on the US leg first, then will decide on the rest of the world later, if Dave and the band are still on same wavelength. Dave says in the interview a couple of times in a tongue in cheek way that theres still "friction" there, but i'm guessing that drives them too.
    My worry was that australia was'nt mentioned in the interview. So, it proves they are concentrating on one leg at a time and getting through it with no hassles.
    Think about it too........it took over a year to get the new album made, about 7 songs were old demo's re-done and 6 new ones. You'd think an album like that would only take a couple of months to make. NOT in VH land. I am only summizing, but I reckon Eddies still very creative and could've put 13 "NEW' songs on this and no demo's at all, but it would've taken atleast 2 years to make.
    I reckon Shanks chose the easier route and made Eddie go through the old 70s demo's to cut creative time and less hassle.
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    I'm guessing that a lot of the talk in this interview, like most DLR interviews is showmanship.

    He likes to throw sugar and spice in his interviews to keep them interesting and everyone guessing. He plays the volatility up in this one and I can only guess that he's thinking 'hey, people will find us a whole lot more interesting if I throw some shadow in there... yeah we fight some but that makes great music..,etc,etc."

    Pure speculation of course.

    Great to have them back isn't it.

    2012 has begun with a bang!

    ps: Love to sit around his campfire..
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    Quote Originally Posted by James the 2nd View Post
    I'm guessing that a lot of the talk in this interview, like most DLR interviews is showmanship.
    Dunno, I think this one was a whole lot more than showmanship, honesty in spades. Congrats to Dave and the interviewer, I wonder if Dave understands the monumental record he just made, seems like he kinda has no idea.

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    ..yea..when I read that Al ED & I guess wolf signed as the 3 twins ..& Dave Diamond dave eneterprise..I thought to myself thats a brick wall that says it all..enjoy while it lasts !
    ..In 1984 Van Halen Jumped Panama
    Topped Jimmy & Dropped Dead Legs
    ..Ill Wait in this House of Pain with the
    Girl Gone Bad while I am really Hot for Teacher..


    ..Think it was easy ?..you stare at an album
    Cover that long..

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    I wouldnt be surprised if eddie staus clean and sober that sammu coild be back in the mix for the next album. I think its obvious that daves antics wear on eddie and alex. If the brothers can play nice with dave, then a sammy reunion is not impossable. But then again this could just be the final flight of the ship called van halen, hope everyone has their tickets.
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    Yes, Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang is on bass now. What's it like being in a band with a 20-year-old?

    I'm starting to be impressed by the kid. I didn't want to be. He can play the s--- out of that thing. He's bringing it. We never changed. We're a '70s hard rock band. We enjoyed our fame in the '80s but all our roots are pre-'80s. That's Van Halen. Old plus new. It's like watching Dragnet on your iPad.

    Anyone notice how he said that "He didn't want to be impressed by wolf" Do you think because he originally wanted Mike but has accepted just like us that wolfie is in and he has a lot of talent.

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    I think it was probably a head turner when it is obvious that you are going to be odd man out against "the three twins" LOL

    but I think they did a really smart thing this time around....they did those small shows where you can't hide anything and everybody got a chance to really eyeball Wolfie, and the consensus is the audience respected his work


    when someone digs in and does the work and had made the contribution of lighting a fire under the band the way Wolfie did, you have to be impressed by that

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooldrewb View Post
    Yes, Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang is on bass now. What's it like being in a band with a 20-year-old?

    I'm starting to be impressed by the kid. I didn't want to be. He can play the s--- out of that thing. He's bringing it. We never changed. We're a '70s hard rock band. We enjoyed our fame in the '80s but all our roots are pre-'80s. That's Van Halen. Old plus new. It's like watching Dragnet on your iPad.

    Anyone notice how he said that "He didn't want to be impressed by wolf" Do you think because he originally wanted Mike but has accepted just like us that wolfie is in and he has a lot of talent.

    I think it's got to bug Eddie that Dave constantly refers to Wolfgang as "kid" both in print and directly to him during the acoustic songs. It might just be an affectionate thing that they're ok with but I think Eddie would rather have Wolfgang thought of as an equal member as much as possible.

 

 

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