I'm sure you've heard the news that Van Halen is sort of reuniting. I say sort of because bassist Michael Anthony hasn't been invited along for the ride.
The riders consist of original vocalist David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, who just happens to be Eddie's son.
I attended a Van Halen show in 1995, when Sammy Hagar was the lead singer, and I remember Wolfgang running around the stage with ear muffs on as a toddler.
Van Halen makes a stop at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Oct. 10. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
I'm sorry to say, but I'm not too excited about this Van Halen reunion. I'm actually one of the fans that likes Sammy Hagar better, though I really need to clarify that.
I really like the "5150" CD, which was Hagar's first with Van Halen, released in 1986. It contained winning tracks like 'Best of Both Worlds," "Love Walks In," "Summer Nights" and "Why Can't This Be Love?"
I don't care much for the other albums with Hagar and don't have much use for any of the albums with Roth.
What, you wonder, how can I say that?
I know Van Halen has recorded classics like "Jump," "Panama," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Jamie's Cryin'" and those songs are OK. I just don't feel any compulsion to seek out these songs and listen to them. I don't enjoy Roth's vocal style and am frankly sick of the Eddie Van Halen "guitar hero" thing. I'm not 13 anymore.
Van Halen's 1980 album "Women and Children First" is one of the worst CDs I've ever listened to. Glad I got rid of that one before it spread.
In other news, Porcupine Tree is set to release an EP on Sept. 25. These four tracks, totaling about 30 minutes, are tracks recorded during the "Fear of a Blank Planet" sessions. Don't forget Porcupine Tree is playing the House of Blues in Cleveland on Oct. 22.
In business very important to me, I'm heading to Clarkston, Mich. on Tuesday for the DTE Energy Music Theatre and the Rush concert. Then two days later, on Aug. 30, Rush will play Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. I'm considering the Rush show Sept. 2 in Columbus as well. Hey, you never know when or if they will tour again.