VAN HALEN played an hour-long set Wednesday night (February 1) at a private media showcase at Henson Studios in Hollywood, California. The performance — which served as a launch party for the band’s new album, “A Different Kind Of Truth”, as well as a warm-up show for their American tour that commences in Louisville, Kentucky on February 18 — included renditions of VAN HALEN classics “You Really Got Me”, “Runnin’ With The Devil”, “Unchained” and “Dance The Night Away”, along with three three new cuts: the first single, “Tattoo”, “The Trouble With Never” and “She’s The Woman”.
A review of the concert can be found at the Los Angeles Times web site.
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Early video footage of the performance can be seen below.
VAN HALEN lead singer David Lee Roth recently spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the making of “A Different Kind Of Truth”. In a new interview, Roth admitted that the band has gone back into its archives to find previously unreleased material upon which to build the record. He explained, “It’s material that Eddie [Van Halen, guitar] and I generated, literally, in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Usually fellas in our weight division will kind of gamely — or ironically, wink, wink — try to hail back to it (but) keep a safe, mature distance from it.”
“A Different Kind Of Truth” is due out February 7 and is Roth‘s first album with the band in 28 years.
On the current condition of Eddie, who has been in and out of rehab over the years, lost a third of his tongue to cancer and had a hip replacement, Roth said, “He’s doing really well. He’s lucid, he’s sober, he’s playing. You know, I don’t know if Ed has ever felt good. There’s a thin line between rage and great work. He really never enjoyed his fame or success, and that might be part of what compels him.”
Roth also commented on the band members’ turbulent past history, saying, “We accused each other of betrayal and thievery and lies and treachery, and it was all true. We were all guilty. Dig up the past, and it’s going to get all over everybody. And, man, do we have a past…”