As we told you, guitar legend Eddie Van Halen lost his battle with cancer earlier this week, but just because Eddie is gone it doesn’t mean it will be the last we hear of Van Halen. In an interview with "Pollstar," the band's manager Irving Azoff says there are plans to scour through Eddie’s studio vaults for previously unreleased material.
“[Son]Wolfand [brother]Alexwill go up to 5150, the studio in Ed’s house,” Azoff shared, adding, “there’s been a lot of recording” done at the studio. As for what he expects they’ll find, he notes, “I can’t predict that for sure there will be anything new, but for sure they’re going to look at it.”
Azoff also addressed rumors that circulated last year that Van Halen planned to reunite with bassist Michael Anthony and David Lee Rothfor tour.He says it was going to happen but then Eddie’s health put an end to it.
“We had lots of stops and starts, but there was every intention of doing a summer stadium tour (in 2019), and as the cancer moved around, [Van Halen] was physically unable to do it,” he explained, noting they had hoped to have acts like Foo Fighters and Metallica join them in some cities. He notes, “There is no doubt in my mind that it would have been massive.”
- ONE MORE THING!Eddie’s brother and bandmate Alex shared a simple tribute to his late brother,releasing the statement, “Hey Ed. Love you. See you on the other side. Your brother, Al.”
And...Sammy Hagar and MichaelAnthony paid tribute to Eddie with a new video recorded during their band The Circle's rehearsal on Catalina Island, California. "I just wanna say I’m kinda devastated,” Hagar said of Eddie's death. “I’ll tell you, a Van Halen song never felt so hard to sing and play in my life.” Anthony added, "It’s very surreal right now, and it hasn’t sunk in yet.” The video shows the band taking a moment of silence for Eddie before performing Van Halen's "Right Now." "We have the music,” Anthony said in the clip, with Sammy adding, “The music will live forever,” before they both said, “We love you, Eddie.”