Van Halen Faces An Uncertain Future in 2016
by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator
Van Halen surprised all the critics and stayed together through all of 2015. Not only did they stay together but they put on an amazing concert tour. Wolfie Van Halen did an excellent job of choosing a set list that showcased the lower range of David Lee Roth’s now limited vocal abilities.
Personally I really enjoyed the song selection and show. The sights and sounds were amazing. It was also a welcome relief after the 2007 tour which focused mainly on the mega hits from the David Lee Roth albums. This odd set list gave fans a chance to hear some little known but nonetheless classic Van Halen tunes.
Now that 2015 is in the books, the future of Van Halen is very much up in the air. Rumors online have David Lee Roth basically out of Van Halen and this point. These rumors seem to be verified by the fact that David Lee Roth is pursuing a reunion of his solo band from the ‘Eat em and Smile’ era. There was so much excitement and buzz about the first show they tried to play that the Fire Marshall had to shut the show down for overcrowding.
Meanwhile Van Halen has resorted to it’s usual silence regarding their future. There were some rumors of another try with Sammy Hagar, but after reading Sammy’s autobiography, I just can not see that happening. It is amazing to me that the Van Halen family can’t grow up and find a way to come together for the fans. How amazing would it be to get a world tour in 2017 featuring all former members (except Gary Cherone). Three hour shows with a nice mix of Van Halen and Van Hagar hits. Wolfie and Michael Anthony can take turns playing bass and Roth and Hagar can take turns singing. It sounds crazy at first. But remember a few years ago when Roth and Hagar did a tour together? If that proved anything it was that anything can happen. If only somebody could get Eddie and Alex Van Halen on board. I bet you money that Wolfie would love it.
You know Sammy and Michael Anthony would be all about it. Since leaving Van Halen, Sammy Hagar has put out a steady stream of high quality rock and roll with Chickenfoot, The Wabo’s and The Circle. In spite of that success for both Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar, I just get the feeling that Sammy and Michael would love one more go around with Eddie and Alex. Stay tuned because only time will tell.