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    Is Van Halen and Kool And The Gang Going To Record A Song Together: Harley Davidson?

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    But I think they may be reading the article incorrectly.

    Van Halen and Kool & the Gang as tour mates? The idea wavers between ridiculous and ridiculously awesome.

    For Robert "Kool" Bell — whose band opens for Van Halen at the TD Garden on Sunday and at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday — the pairing is genius.

    "Van Halen is the ultimate rock party band of the '80s, and we're the -ultimate pop party band of the '80s," Bell said from New York the morning -after the tour's first of two sold-out Madison Square Garden gigs. "That's why it's working."

    David Lee Roth also believes in the tag team.

    After seeing 10,000 indie--rock fans boogie to Kool & the Gang at the Glastonbury Festival in England last summer, Roth told Eddie Van Halen he wanted the boogie band to open up their next tour.

    Eddie didn't get it.

    "He said to Dave, -'Really? Kool & the Gang?' " Bell said. "But Dave insisted. He was sure it would work."

    So far it has — many reviews have singled out the openers as perfect party starters.

    Surprised the funk/pop pioneers are still around? They've hung on for five decades partly because they're still in demand abroad. I know, "huge in Europe" is what bands say when they're struggling in the States, but it's true in Kool's case.

    Known for sweet '70s grooves ("Jungle Boogie," "Open Sesame") and ubiquitous '80s hits ("Fresh," "Joanna"), the band's star faded in the '90s after the departure of lead singer James "J.T." Taylor. At home, they mostly play casinos and corporate gigs, but the group spent 2011 gigging in spots as far-flung as Tahiti, Nova Scotia, Morocco and Japan.

    Bell has also been busy developing a reality show called "Keeping it Kool." He's yet to ink a deal but says the show centers on him tutoring musicians who gave up rocking for day jobs and want to get back into the game.

    If the show doesn't take off, there's always more music to make with the Gang.

    "We're still doing 100 shows a year," he said. "Now there's talk of us going to Europe with Van Halen this summer. And we may record a song together later this year called 'Harley Davidson.' "


    Bell says the two bands haven't hung out beyond watching each other rehearse, but he and Eddie have plenty to talk about when they get the chance.

    "We know about troubles with lead singers," Bell said, adding a laugh. "J.T. has been in and out of this band many times. -(Eddie) and I both know how to carry on."
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    Aren't they saying that "WE" (as in K&TG) may be doing a song together? Not them and Van Halen doing a song together. The context is muddled, but it does not clearly say, "us and VH." I would be cool and good publicity, but it isn't very clear from the article that that is what K&TG meant to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpandedConsciousness View Post
    Rock And Metal News thinks so:



    But I think they may be reading the article incorrectly.



    http://www.bostonherald.com/entertai...&position=also

    Aren't they saying that "WE" (as in K&TG) may be doing a song together? Not them and Van Halen doing a song together. The context is muddled, but it does not clearly say, "us and VH." I would be cool and good publicity, but it isn't very clear from the article that that is what K&TG meant to say.
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    I would welcome a Kool and the Gang song with the Mighty VH. I was also looking forward to my man DLR's @Love Train@ remake!
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    Brilliant

    Bring it on


    That would be there hit nd then ask or goes platinum

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropped-d View Post
    Bring it on


    That would be there hit nd then ask or goes platinum
    Err, I beg your pardon?

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    A Van Halen song with a horn section? YES, please!

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    Eddie didn't get it.


    "He said to Dave, -'Really? Kool & the Gang?' "


    I'm with Ed on this one.

    It worked out though, I had more time to get to the show. Didnt have to rush, had drink. Good times
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    I don't think any producer is good enough to squeeze Van Halen and Kool and the Gang into the space of one recording. Makes no sense, but then, neither does Metallica with Lou Reed.
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    I could see it. I mean, look at Dancing In The Street. That's borderline disco. Also, keep in mind that Eddie played on Beat It.

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    Not a chance in hell.

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    Its bad enough that they are opening for them, but to record a "song". Please we've waited for too many years for some new material and to have this throw up in the works... PLEASE!!! How about working on a new album and another tour for peeks sake.

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    Horns and Van Halen.



    Well, if the song was good (written by Eddie), then it would garner all involved some great publicity. Hey, if the song is called "Harley Davidson," then Dave could open it by making his motorcycle revving sound from last tour (Vrrrroooom! Vrooooommmm!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpusolutions2001 View Post
    Its bad enough that they are opening for them, but to record a "song". Please we've waited for too many years for some new material and to have this throw up in the works... PLEASE!!! How about working on a new album and another tour for peeks sake.
    Sorry you feel that way. Kool & The Gang is an inspired opener choice. Unite!... Rock out!

 

 

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