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June 7, 2012
MUSIC On "A Different Kind of Truth," the first studio album from Van Halen to feature original lead singer David Lee Roth since "1984," the charismatic front man sings about trying to land that "stone cold sister soccer mom" he's chasing in "Honeybabysweetiedoll. " But hooking up is the least of the challenges facing Diamond Dave and his bandmates in this year of their comeback. Can they pull off this reunion moment without killing each other? Can they convince their fans that bassist/son-of-the-guitarist Wolfgang Van Halen really has earned his place in the band and can lock in with drummer/uncle Alex Van Halen?
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October 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The rock band Van Halen has sued the ex-spouse of one of its members over the use of her own last name for a business venture. The company that represents Van Halen's intellectual property, ELVH Inc., is accusing Kelly Van Halen - drummer Alex Van Halen's former wife - of illegally exploiting the Van Halen name for her construction and interior design company.  Kelly Van Halen, whose name was Kelly Carter before she married the drummer, makes...
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2012
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. Van Halen played a private show for journalists and music industry insiders at a tiny club in Greenwich Village Thursday night. ( Wall Street Journal ) Will.i.am is becoming a car maker? ( Wall Street Journal ) Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, Robin Williams and Vinnie Jones star in the new trailer for... the Oscars ( Los Angeles Times ) Doctors say Nick Cannon is likely suffering from acute kidney failure, a "silent" disease.
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April 14, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Comedian Kurt Braunohler has promised, within a matter of minutes, to rearrange the downtown Los Angeles sky. It's 2:23 p.m. and half a dozen people on a recent Saturday crane their necks and squint into the sun as they wait outside a Hill Street high-rise to be let up to the roof. "Don't bother, man, it's at capacity in there," says a petite woman, her face obscured by enormous Jackie O sunglasses and a painter's cap. herapist, has a weekly average of about 1.2 million viewers.
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August 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
Van Halen is suing the Baltimore Orioles for at least $2 million, saying the baseball team reneged on a deal for a stadium concert featuring the rock band. The Orioles approached Van Halen about performing Sept. 2 at the team's Camden Yards, then backed out of the deal, according to the lawsuit. The action seeks damages for opportunities the band said it lost after rearranging its schedule. The Orioles had no comment.
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December 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
David Lee Roth has filed a lawsuit against his ex-Van Halen bandmates, accusing them of conspiring to keep money from him. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony diverted royalties and breached their fiduciary duty to Roth. The singer claims the band signed a Warner Bros. deal in 1996 without his knowledge or authorization for increased royalties from album sales.
NEWS
August 9, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
The Van Halen brothers and David Lee Roth are poised to announce a major reunion that would put them all on tour together for the first time since the Reagan administration -- although we've heard that before. Live Nation, the concert promotion company, has scheduled a news conference for Monday morning at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills for an "announcement of monumental proportions."
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September 12, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
You'd have to go back to the days of the Maharishi to find a bunch of rockers more blissed out than Van Halen was during its four-man love fest Tuesday night at the Pacific Amphitheatre. There was Sammy Hagar, calling Eddie Van Halen "my best friend in the world." There was Eddie, saying the feeling was mutual.
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April 6, 1986 | TERRY ATKINSON
"5150." Van Halen. Warner Bros. Here it is! The first Van Halen album without the brash and colorful David Lee Roth, who's been replaced by the brash and anonymous-sounding Sammy Hagar. Van Halen still has its three terrific musicians--guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony.
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April 14, 1995 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN
Rock star Eddie Van Halen pleaded no contest to unlawfully carrying a handgun into Burbank Airport and was fined $910 and placed on one year of probation, a prosecutor said Thursday. Van Halen, 40, of Studio City appeared at Burbank Municipal Court to enter his plea Wednesday, eight days before his scheduled arraignment. "He was advised of his constitutional rights, asked how he wanted to plea, and said, 'No contest,' " said Burbank Deputy City Atty. Robert W. Walters. "He's human.
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March 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Starting Monday, classic rock fans can tune to the AXS cable channel, drizzle buttery flavoring over lite popcorn, pop open a near beer and watch a new weekly series of live concert performances by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd ... tribute bands. “The World's Greatest Tribute Bands” starts with a salute to the Fab Four by - not the Beatles tribute band that goes by that name - but the ersatz-Beatles group Britain's Finest. On March 11, it's the Ultimate Stones, then the Who Revue on March 18. Subsequent Mondays will feature performers approximating the look and/or sounds of Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Van Halen, Queen, the Doors, U2 and others.
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June 7, 2012
MUSIC On "A Different Kind of Truth," the first studio album from Van Halen to feature original lead singer David Lee Roth since "1984," the charismatic front man sings about trying to land that "stone cold sister soccer mom" he's chasing in "Honeybabysweetiedoll. " But hooking up is the least of the challenges facing Diamond Dave and his bandmates in this year of their comeback. Can they pull off this reunion moment without killing each other? Can they convince their fans that bassist/son-of-the-guitarist Wolfgang Van Halen really has earned his place in the band and can lock in with drummer/uncle Alex Van Halen?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2012
Steve Bridges Impersonator of George W. Bush Steve Bridges, 48, a comic actor and impersonator who was best known for his mimicry of President George W. Bush and appeared alongside the chief executive at the 2006 White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, was found dead Saturday at his home in Los Angeles. Bridges had recently returned home from China, where he had been performing, said his brother Phillip. He appeared to have died of natural causes, but an autopsy is scheduled.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
After a year of singing the blues in 2010, concert and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment Inc. had cause for a modest celebration, posting a 6% uptick in revenue and narrower losses in 2011 despite a tough global economy. Propelled by strong sales of concerts from Jimmy Buffett, Van Halen, Roger Waters and others, the Beverly Hills company on Thursday said sales for the year that ended Dec. 31 were $5.38 billion, compared with $5.06 billion in 2010. Meanwhile, its net loss narrowed to $83 million for 2011, from $228.4 million in 2010, as Live Nation de-emphasized its less profitable amphitheater concert venues and focused on its higher-margin arena events.
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February 5, 2012
UNDERRATED Joe Henry's 'Reverie' : An in-demand producer who collects Grammy nods the way some collect stamps, Henry may be best known for the warm glow he's cast on award-winning records by Solomon Burke and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. But he deserves as much notice for his own work as a singer-songwriter. Colored by rich acoustic instrumentation and Henry's lyrical literary flourishes, this 2011 album is a great place to get to know Henry's voice. 'How It's Made' : A fixture on the Science Channel, there's something strangely meditative about this program's steady diet of bustling factories churning out random ephemera, including artificial eyes, scuba gear and hockey skates.
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January 31, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Promoters of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival raised eyebrows in the concert business last fall when they decided to clone the three-day gathering and make it a six-day, two-weekend affair, but doubters fell silent as tickets sold out shortly after going on sale earlier this month. And that's not the half of it. "There were enough buyers in queue online that we probably could have added two more Coachella weekends and another Stagecoach weekend," said Randy Phillips, president of AEG Live, the concert promotion giant that works in conjunction with Goldenvoice to put Coachella and its country cousin, Stagecoach, on each year in Indio.
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January 29, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
It's an old joke, but when David Lee Roth delivers the punch line it sounds more like a mission statement: "How many lead singers does it take to put in a lightbulb? One. You hold the bulb and wait for the world to revolve around you. " Missing from the joke is how the singer is left standing there in the dark waiting for his proper wattage. On Feb. 7, Interscope Records will release "A Different Kind of Truth" and, as the world turns, it will represent the first Van Halen studio album featuring Roth as lead singer since "1984" - which was released 28 years ago this month, right before Ronald Reagan announced plans to run for a second term.
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January 25, 2012
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, April 26 (Fri.) Staples Center Van Halen, June 1 (Sat.) Honda Center Van Halen, June 12 (Sat.) Galen Center Drake, March 5 (Fri.) Santa Barbara Bowl Florence & the Machine, April 14 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Una Familia Con Suerte, March 16; Aventurera, March 24 (Fri.)
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