While unconfirmed buzz and rumors are flying around about a potential “farewell” tour, there is actually some concrete Van Halen news to report.
Eddie Van Halen’s EVH Guitars brand is on full display at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, Calif. While EVH Guitars has many new offerings for 2019, the highlight is undoubtedly the replica Striped Shark guitar, which was pictured on the back cover of the 1980 album Women and Children First.
In other Van Halen news: The New York Times published their review of Eddie & Dave, the new off-broadway play about the band with a gender-reversal casting twist told from the perspective of an MTV VJ, and it sounds like this is definitely a production for serious fans only.
Reviewer Ben Brantley writes, “Eddie and Dave is, in part, a burned-out fan’s notes, via MTV VJ, who has a scrapbook of a mind that blurs firsthand observation with tabloid headlines. If you do not belong to that category yourself, you may be a bit baffled (or bored) by re-enactments of events like that notorious  MTV awards [reunion] appearance.”
Perhaps one of the most backhanded parts about the play was the casting choice for Michael Anthony, who is “portrayed by a framed photograph, which is only occasionally acknowledged by the others.” Honestly, that’s still a nicer treatment of Anthony than he’s received by his former bandmates in recent years.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.