With Chickenfoot in the midst of a brief overseas tour, the members of the band have been hitting the promotional trail, doing rounds of interviews in support of their latest release, ‘Chickenfoot III.’ And you know what that means: plenty of questions about the new Van Halen record. Chickenfoot singer (and ex-VH vocalist) Sammy Hagar has never been shy about expressing his opinions when it comes to his former bandmates, and he didn’t pull any punches when the subject came up again during a recent interview with Radio Metal.
Last night in Los Angeles, Van Halen gave critics and industry types even more reason to be optimistic about the upcoming U.S. tour. The band played for over an hour at Henson Studios in Hollywood, including three new cuts from ‘A Different Kind of Truth‘ amongst the greatest hits set list.
The name of ‘Blood and Fire,’ a newly-previewed song from Van Halen‘s ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ album, probably won’t ring familiar to longtime fans of the band. But Alex Van Halen’s beat and Eddie Van Halen’s noodling on the track may take some knowledgeable fans back to the mid-’80s. That’s because the new song — previewed in the video below — is based on an instrumental called ‘Ripley’ from ‘The Wild Life’ movie.
Van Halen will hit the road next month with Kool & The Gang opening selected shows, including the March 9 show at the First Niagara Center and if that seems like an odd choice for an opening act…stay tuned, because the funk doesn’t end there.
Last November Sammy Hagar told Rolling Stone Magazine that the new Van Halen album is basically an Old Van Halen album filled with recycled material. Hagar ranted that Eddie Van Halen can't write songs, he just writes parts. At the time it sounded like a bitter lead singer still hurt by his and Michael Anthony's ouster. But with the release of Van Halen's new single "Tattoo", diehard fans are saying it sounds eeriely close to an unreleased song from 1977 called "Down in Flames", making it appear as if Hagar was telling the truth.
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