STEEL PANTHER's MICHAEL STARR On EDDIE VAN HALEN: He Was A 'Complete Rock God'

STEEL PANTHER's MICHAEL STARR On EDDIE VAN HALEN: He Was A 'Complete Rock God'

STEEL PANTHER singer Michael Starr has reflected on the passing of Eddie Van Halen, calling him a “complete rock god.” The legendary VAN HALEN axeman died on October 6 at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.

Starr, who fronted the VAN HALEN tribute band ATOMIC PUNKS in the 1990s and early 2000s under the stage name David Lee Ralph, told Rock Titan TV (see video below): “You don’t realize how rooted in VAN HALEN one is until one heavy metal hero departs the world, and for me, that’s what it’s been like. I didn’t even know what to post or say or do.

“I didn’t realize how much [Eddie] was a part of my life — inspiration, music-wise. That band was everything for me. And I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people. I always wanted to David Lee Roth. I always wanted to be Eddie. I can’t play guitar that good, but…

“And thankfully, I got to meet Dave several times, and I also got to meet Eddie a couple of times before he passed away,” Starr continued. “And I’m grateful. I only met him briefly, like, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ I met him at a place called Staples, back before Gary Cherone joined [VAN HALEN]. It was him and [his son] Wolfie in the checkout. I’m, like, ‘Hey, Eddie. I’m a big fan.’ He’s, like, ‘I know your band. ATOMIC PUNKS. You guys are pretty good.’ And I was, like, ‘Holy shit! Eddie Van Halen knows our tribute band.’ That was a huge deal. Then I went to [VAN HALEN‘s] dress rehearsal when they first rejoined with Wolfie at the Forum [in Los Angeles]. And I was walking in front of the stage, and I saw Eddie walk up, and I just walked to the stage and shook his hand and said hi, and that was the end of it.

“So, to me, I look at Eddie as this just complete rock god.

VAN HALEN was everything for me,” Starr, whose real name is Ralph Saenz, repeated. “I love SCORPIONS. I love MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEEP PURPLE, CHEAP TRICK, RATT, BON JOVI, WHITE LION… I love all that stuff, but to me, it all started with VAN HALEN. Everyone tried to copy Dave and Eddie.”

Eddie died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie‘s brother and VAN HALEN drummer.

The iconic VAN HALEN axeman died from complications due to cancer, his son confirmed.

VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Eddie Van Halen No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

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BRET MICHAELS Partners With DOCS To Help Bring First-Ever DOCS Dental Office To A U.S. Air Force Base

BRET MICHAELS Partners With DOCS To Help Bring First-Ever DOCS Dental Office To A U.S. Air Force Base

Bret Michaels, the son of a Navy veteran, visited Luke Air Force Base to show his continued support for the men and women of the country’s military and their families and to celebrate the opening of the new DOCS facility directly on base.

Coming from a long line of veterans, the POISON frontman, an ardent lifelong supporter of our nation’s military, always makes it a point during his live shows to bring veterans on the stage to honor them in arenas and stadiums across the country. During his visit to Luke AFB, Michaels met hundreds of service members and their families, who also received a copy of his bestselling book “Bret Michaels: Auto-Scrap-Ography / My Life in Pictures & Stories”.

“Every once in a while, you come to the absolute real deal,” said Dr. Larry Caplin of DOCS. “The guy whose family is in the military, the guy who will travel far and wide around the world in to dangerous places and otherwise to help support the military and Bret is that guy.”

Michaels has been to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi to visit with and perform for the troops, while also raising and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars for military charities and hospitals through his Life Rocks Foundation. The artist is looking forward to continuing to help DOCS bring state-of-the-art health care to bases across the country.

“What an absolute honor it is to support our military and the DOCS team,” said Michaels. “As the son of a veteran, there are not enough words to say thank you to our service members and their families for their service and the freedoms that it gives us. Helping DOCS open their amazing state of the art facility is just one way that we can support our service members and their families.”

An Arizona resident, Michaels also built a unique and innovative hospitality suite for the patients and their families of St. Joseph at Barrows where Bret, also a lifelong type 1 diabetic, was treated after suffering a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, and spent several weeks in their ICU. Due to the incredible medical staff and by the grace of God, Michaels says, he is here to talk about it.

DOCS Health is a progressive healthcare movement with one mission: provide access to comprehensive healthcare and innovative solutions for schools, the military, government agencies, and corporations around the world. Our skilled medical and dental clinicians remove barriers to care by delivering on-site healthcare for our partners.


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AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG Says He Has Been 'Pretty Lucky' When It Comes To His Physical Health

AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG Says He Has Been 'Pretty Lucky' When It Comes To His Physical Health

Less than a month out from the November 13 arrival of AC/DC‘s seventeenth full-length album, “Power Up”, Angus Young and Brian Johnson make their first-ever podcast appearance on Dean Delray‘s “Let There Be Talk”. Among many highlights during the fascinating and far-reaching hour-long interview is talk about Brian‘s audition, the writing process, the stories behind classic songs, the power of Phil Rudd, memories of the late and great Malcolm Young, and the legend of Angus‘s signature Gibson SG used on every album.

Asked if he has ever had to undergo any surgeries as a result of performing in such a physical way during AC/DC‘s live concerts, Angus said (hear audio below): “None whatsoever. Being on stage, I might [get] the odd bruised ankle. I used to lose a lot of my nails on my feet. They used to go first, because [of the] wear and tear. I was guaranteed every tour, at least three or four times during a tour, I would lose a toenail or two. So that was always expected. But I’ve been pretty lucky.

“I’ve even gone through stages in my early years, because you had to use what the stage was in the building,” he continued. “Some buildings, they had an A stage and a B stage. I could always tell when we got the B stage, because I could guarantee my feet were gonna go through them.

“I’ve been lucky — I’ve been pretty lucky,” he repeated. “I think the worst I ever got was a thing with my finger one time — I had a splint. That lasted all of a second. That came off first thing, and I still had to play with a fractured finger. So I got through that.”

As for Brian, the singer said: “I’ve been lucky. I’ve never spent a night in hospital in my life — touch wood. Apart from the obvious, when my ears went and all that, but that’s invisible. So, thank God about that. Other than that, honestly, I’ve been as lucky as Angus in a way. We should have been hurt — me and Angus — many times, but we were always very lucky.”

Two weeks ago, AC/DC released “Shot In The Dark”, the first single from “Power Up”. The follow-up to 2014’s “Rock Or Bust” features AC/DC‘s reunited lineup of Angus, Brian (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass) and Stevie Young (guitar).

“Power Up” will be available in multiple configurations, including digital, CD, and deluxe versions. The limited edition, one-of-a-kind deluxe “Power Up” box is the ultimate fan package. Hit the button on the side of the box and watch the flashing neon AC/DC logo light up while the opening bars of “Shot In The Dark” blast out of the built-in speaker. Inside the box is the full CD package in a soft-pack with a 20-page booklet that features exclusive photos and USB charging cable allowing the box to remain powered up and on display. The vinyl LP will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket. Limited-edition variants of the LP will be available at select retailers nationwide, as well as the band’s online store. The album will be available on all digital platforms.


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STEVE PERRY Explains Why He Turned Down EDDIE VAN HALEN's Invitation To Jam After DAVID LEE ROTH Left VAN HALEN

STEVE PERRY Explains Why He Turned Down EDDIE VAN HALEN's Invitation To Jam After DAVID LEE ROTH Left VAN HALEN

Former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry has revealed to Rolling Stone in a new interview that he was invited by Eddie Van Halen for a jam session in 1985 after David Lee Roth left VAN HALEN.

“Man, at some level within me I felt so honored because I was in awe of Eddie‘s natural talent,” Steve said. “He was just born with it. I wanted so badly to do that. We talked about how cool that could be musically. This was before Sammy [Hagar]. The next day, and in the weeks to come, I thought, ‘I don’t know that I should do that. If it goes creatively to what I know it can go to…’ Whatever I could bring to that, I know it would be something I’d really love doing.”

He continued: “My only problem I had with it was the thought, ‘I don’t know that I could be the guy to go out and represent the David Lee Roth years with my voice. I don’t know if I want to be that guy.’ I think representing their legacy up to that point would have been something vocally that I don’t think I was really suited to doing. It’s a different kind of singing. David had something vocally that I would say was in kinship with Louis Prima. Later on, he did ‘Just A Gigolo’ and sounded more like Louis Prima. He was a real character.”

VAN HALEN was the support act for JOURNEY on Perry‘s first tour with the band in 1978.

Hagar replaced Roth in VAN HALEN in 1985 and recorded four studio albums with the band — “5150”, “OU812”, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” and “Balance” — all of which topped the U.S. chart.

Steve‘s first solo album in more than two decades, “Traces”, was released in October 2018 via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG).

Perry reunited with JOURNEY for the first time in years as they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017. The iconic singer appeared onstage with his former bandmates as they each gave speeches, but did not perform with the group later in the event.
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SAMMY HAGAR Says He Was In Contact With EDDIE VAN HALEN 'Almost Weekly Since The Beginning Of The Year'

SAMMY HAGAR Says He Was In Contact With EDDIE VAN HALEN 'Almost Weekly Since The Beginning Of The Year'

Sammy Hagar says that he was in contact with Eddie Van Halen “almost weekly” in the months leading up to the legendary guitarist’s death.

Hagar, who previously said he hadn’t talked to Eddie since the conclusion of VAN HALEN‘s 2004 reunion tour, discussed his former bandmate in a new interview with “Mark & Neanderpaul” of the 100.7 KSLX radio station.

Regarding how he reconnected with Eddie, Sammy said: “A mutual friend of ours, George Lopez, who’s a comedian, called me and said, ‘Sam, you’ve gotta call Ed. He’s not doing good. And he loves you. You guys have to do something.’ George was looking to try to put the band back together and all that. So I said, ‘Oh, man. Are you kidding me? I went through his brother. I tried to go through everybody. Tell Eddie I hope he’s doing well. I’d love to speak with him, come and see him, whatever.’ So all of a sudden, George says, ‘Here’s his phone number. Call him.’ I picked up the phone, and we were texting and talking almost weekly — I would say, honestly, weekly since the beginning of the year. And [it was] nothing but a love fest. [He was] talking about how great Wolfie [Eddie‘s son Wolfgang Van Halen] is doing with his new record. He sent me some music long before it came out.”

Sammy went on to say that he was comforted by the fact that he made peace with Eddie before the influential rocker’s death.

“If that wouldn’t have happened, I would be devastated much worse than I already am,” Sammy said. “It was horrible news. There’s never a good time to hear news like that, when a loved one passes. It was tough to deal with, but, honestly, the music is what pulled me through.”

Hagar replaced David Lee Roth in VAN HALEN in 1985 and recorded four studio albums with the band — “5150”, “OU812”, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” and “Balance” — all of which topped the U.S. chart.

Sammy, Eddie, Alex and Michael last teamed up in 2004 for a U.S. summer tour. In exchange for taking part in the tour, Anthony reportedly had to agree to take a pay cut and sign away his rights to the band name and logo.

In his autobiography, “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock”, Hagar slammed Eddie, saying the guitarist was unkempt, hunched over, frighteningly skinny, drinking wine straight out of a bottle, missing part of his tongue (after a cancer scare) and several teeth. He told an interviewer in 2012: “What happened on that reunion tour in ’04 was some of the most miserable, back-stabbing dark crap I’ve ever been involved with my whole life.”

In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Eddie questioned an “embellished” portion of “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock” that painted the guitarist as a “very angry drunk” during the group’s 2004 reunion tour.

Early last year, rumors were rampant that the classic-era lineup of VAN HALEN would reunite for the first time since 1984. It’s unclear why the tour didn’t happen, though there has been online chatter that a health setback involving Eddie might have been responsible.

Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with Wolfgang and Alex.

Eddie died from complications due to cancer, his son confirmed.

The guitarist was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2000 and had tongue surgery. He later battled throat cancer and reportedly had been receiving radiation treatment in Germany.
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