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    Eddie Van Halen says the current lineup of the band is here to stay – and the only arguments they have today are connected with making their music as good as it can be.

    He believes they’re in it for the long haul now, after having got rid of people he believes should not have been part of the band.

    Van Halen released A Different Kind of Truth earlier this year after reuniting with singer David Lee Roth and replacing bassist Michael Anthony with Eddie’s son Wolfgang.

    Ultimate Classic Rock reports that the axeman has told Guitar World: “It feels more like a band and a family than it ever has – and not just because three quarters of it is family.

    “Working with Dave has been very productive. We’re all very opinionated about things, but it’s all for the benefit of the music.”

    The band have been through the wars in their 40-year career. Roth is in his third stint as frontman while Sammy Hagar has taken the mic twice while Gary Cherone was singer for three years in the 1990s.

    In 2009 they ousted original member Anthony, and even tried to airbrush him off their album covers, replacing him with then-teenager Wolfgang, who hadn’t been born when some of the records were made.

    Looking back at their chequered past, Eddie reflects: “It wasn’t really us – it was people around us. When you’re doing drugs, drinking and partying you start believing the shit people tell you.

    “Those days are gone. We’ve gotten rid of people who don’t belong here.”

    Van Halen completed the first leg of their current tour this week after postponing 30 dates, admitting: “As usual we bit off more than we could chew.”

    But when the full cycle is complete, Eddie believes they’ll get to work on another album. “That’s what I hope to do,” he says. “I’m pretty sure that’s what our intention is.”
    When he means drugs and drinking I don't think he means Mike or Sam.

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    I don't know - to me, it sounds like he's talking about the people who made the decisions/suggestions to do things like airbrush Mike out of the album covers, etc. Sounds like he's saying that he's taken control back of the band now that he''s sober.

    Call me crazy, but I do think we're going to see a reconciliation with Sam in the next year or so. I don't necessarily think that means he'll be back in the band, but I bet that they mend their friendship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jape Man View Post
    Call me crazy, but I do think we're going to see a reconciliation with Sam in the next year or so. I don't necessarily think that means he'll be back in the band, but I bet that they mend their friendship.
    I really hope so. Same with Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jape Man View Post
    ...to me, it sounds like he's talking about the people who made the decisions/suggestions to do things like airbrush Mike out of the album covers, etc. Sounds like he's saying that he's taken control back of the band now that he''s sober.
    We still don't know who is responsible for making that decision with the album covers. We will probably never know.

    IMO It was probably someone with Van Halen as their last name, though.
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    I think ed was not talking about sam or mike but instead people involved with management or decision makers outside of the actual band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jape Man View Post
    I don't know - to me, it sounds like he's talking about the people who made the decisions/suggestions to do things like airbrush Mike out of the album covers, etc.
    No, He said "after having got rid of people he believes should not have been part of the band". That's pretty clear.
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    I wonder who it is they have gotten rid of. I tend to believe Eddie when he says they way the band is now is the way it will remain. Things do seem different now, everyone really does seem happy. I don't think there will be any reconciliation with Mike or Sam, those relationships are over for good. I don't think there needs to be either, it's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBrownM&Ms View Post
    No, He said "after having got rid of people he believes should not have been part of the band". That's pretty clear.
    That doesn't appear to be a direct quote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBrownM&Ms View Post
    No, He said "after having got rid of people he believes should not have been part of the band". That's pretty clear.
    A very astute (albiet cynical) observation. Well done, that man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknblues81 View Post
    That doesn't appear to be a direct quote.
    Yeah its not but some people on here will twist and turn anything just to cause a fight or argument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignorance_is_bliss View Post
    We still don't know who is responsible for making that decision with the album covers. We will probably never know.

    IMO It was probably someone with Van Halen as their last name, though.
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    I don't believe he meant Sam and Mike.

    ....well, maybe Sam.
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    He clearly did not mean Mike. The person that wrote the article made the supposition earlier in the article, but Ed's quote seems to talk more about people that influenced the band, not the band itself.

    I agree with you guys, too. I think eventually Ed will mend his friendship with Sam and Mike before too much longer. He has to realize how much he fucked his relationships up in the past due to his chemical dependencies. Hopefully he, along with the rest of the band, will make peace with his/their history. They all accomplished so much, so unless there is really something insidious that occured that us fans aren't aware of, it seems like it would be a pretty obvious step to take.
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    If this is the full context, it does sound like Ed was referring to anyone involved with the organization. As in, managers, techs, lawyers, representatives, etc.

    In sum, it sounds like he's saying everyone's on the same page now. That's a good thing.

    Now, if in the next interview, EVH is quoted saying, "David Lee Roth is like a brother," I say that's a bad sign.

 

 

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