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Monday, February 19, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Too good to be true? You betcha! We learned this morning that a source close to the band has said that Van Halen's reunion tour with David Lee Roth has been "indefinitely postponed." While Eddie, Alex, Dave and Eddie's son Wolfgang (replacing bassist Michael Anthony) have been rehearsing, their plans are now up in the air. It seems that when Eddie's girlfriend/spokesperson announced the reunion on February 2nd, there was no signed deal between the band, Roth and the tour promoter. The Van Halen best-of highlighting the Roth years has also been scrapped by Rhino. Regardless of all this drama, Van Halen will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York on March 12th. The last time Van Halen toured with David Lee Roth was in 1984. The last time Van Halen toured was in 2004 with Sammy Hagar. Representatives for the Van Halen brothers have yet to comment, as has Roth's spokeswoman. further Van Halen News...only five of the six men who have ever been in the band will be enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. The band's other singer, Gary Cherone, is okay with this. He writes on his MySpace page, "While yes, I was a small part of their history, I was certainly not a part of their legend, and that is what we, the fans, are celebrating... Congratulations to my friends Alex, Eddie, Michael, Dave and Sammy. The mighty Van Halen -- an incredible honor." The induction ceremony will be held March 12th in New York.

Jimmy Buffett donated his Martin guitar to Sports Illustrated for its annual Swimsuit Issue and to raise money for charity. The guitar went with each swimsuit model as she posed for the magazine in exotic locations around the world. Buffett and all of the models signed the guitar, and it's now being auctioned on E-Bay to benefit the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village. The auction ends on February 28th. Check out Jimmy and one of the models, Brooklyn Decker, on his website.

Although Freedom's Road is his first Top 10 album in over a decade, John Mellencamp admits that he doesn't place too much stock in the charts anymore. Referring to the SoundScan era, he says, "The charts were totally changed in the early '90s. Remember once upon a time when you knew every number-one song there was? And then all of a sudden you didn't know any of it? That's all because the charts changed. And it just absolutely ruined the business." Mellencamp will tour behind the album later this year. We here at WAOR couldn't agree more, which is why we only play Classic Rock.

The Doors have received a Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America. The citation recognizes albums that have sold 10-million copies, which The Best of The Doors has now done after selling 500-thousand in the last six months. Only a few acts -- including Eagles, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Def Leppard and A-C/D-C -- have Diamond-selling albums. The Doors were honored earlier this month with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. On February 28th, they will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kurt Cobain would have turned 40 years old today. The Nirvana singer-guitarist was 27 when he killed himself at his home in Seattle on April 5th, 1994.

Steely Dan's Walter Becker is 57 today. "Do It Again" became the band's first Top 10 hit the week of his birthday in 1973.

Sean Lennon, the son of John and Yoko (and John's youngest), will tour this spring behind his new album, Friendly Fire. Yoko Ono, by the way, is descended from a ninth century emperor of Japan. No word on whether or not HE could sing worth a s**t.

Little Feat - Rocky Mountain Jam
Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue [30th Anniversary Edition]

Babel, Man Of The Year, Flushed Away, The Prestige...and Season One of Family Ties