In his 2015 Billboard cover story, VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen talked about the classic riffs that have shaped him, including BLACK SABBATH’s “Into The Void”, CREAM’s “Sunshine Of Your Love”, DEEP PURPLE’s “Burn” and AC/DC’s “Down Payment Blues”. Check out the clip at Billboard.com.
The final show of VAN HALEN’s U.S. tour took place on October 4 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.
The trek was VAN HALEN’s first since an aborted North American run three years ago in support of its then-new studio album, “A Different Kind Of Truth”.
Out now is “Tokyo Dome In Concert”, VAN HALEN’s first-ever live collection featuring singer David Lee Roth, despite numerous pro-shot concerts from the band’s original heyday being heavily booted for years — including film and videotaped-sourced shows from 1981 in Oakland, California; 1982 in Largo, Maryland; 1983 in San Paulo, Brazil and the US Festival in San Bernadino, California; and 1984 in Leicestershire, England — among others.
Eddie has been saying in recent interviews that the band is likely to record a new studio album after completing the trek, but he told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he’s never been one to to just churn out songs. “I’m not like a jingle writer who can just crank out the hits, so to speak,” he said. “I need to sit down and really almost get to a state of mind where things just come. That’s what kinda makes it exciting — it’s like, ‘Wow, I wonder what lurks in the plumbing today?’ [Laughs]”