May 26, 2017

Van Halen plugs NY gig before world tour begins

By Sean O’Connell Consider it a tune-up before the big show.

As Van Halen prepares for a world tour (with dates for concerts going on sale Jan. 10), the band has revealed that it will play a concert this Thursday at Café Wha? in New York’s Greenwich Village. That has to be the smallest venue the band has played in decades, a real treat for VH fans. It’s also the first band’s first live appearance since the end of a 2007-08 tour.

This version of Van Halen includes siblings Eddie and Alex, with lead singer David Lee Roth and Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, on bass guitar. Longtime fans hoping for original bassist Michael Anthony to reunite with his estranged band members will be disappointed to learn that they still have not repaired the broken bonds that separated them years ago.

But there are bigger things on the horizon for VH. In addition to the tour, they have a new album due out on Feb. 7. And HitFix speculates that Halen could play at the Grammy Awards, given the ceremony’s proximity to the album release date.

We’ll see.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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