Remember the old Peter Allen song, “Everything Old Is New Again”? Fortunately for classic rock fans, it seems like 2012 is shaping up to be the kind of year that lives up to that exact sentiment. Last week, Black Sabbath announced that they were putting aside 30+ years worth of beef to reunite for a new album and world tour, and today brings word that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen have signed a brand new deal with Interscope Records. (After weeks worth of reunion rumors, Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter scored the exclusive.)
The first question you’re probably asking is “Who’s going to be the lead singer?” Van Hagar fans, you can stop reading now, for we’ve got some bad news: It appears that Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth have buried the proverbial hatchet and are ready to once again make music together. The two famously split twenty-five-plus years ago after ego clashes occurred in the wake of the massive worldwide success of 1984, and a brief reunion in 1996 also ended in acrimony. That said, the band—minus original bassist Michael Anthony—appeared to be all smiles in the reunion photo you see above, and the band is reportedly set to make a “special announcement” on November 30 at the Grammy Awards nominations concert in L.A. We’ll have more details for you as soon as they become available, but in the interim, we hope that Diamond Dave starts limbering up now and practicing his patented karate kicks.
Official: Van Halen Signs With Interscope Records [THR]
We love a good rumor as much as the next pop-culture junkie, but thanks to the internet, gossip has sort of spiraled out of control, and sometimes, we like to think of ourselves as rumor-busters?like when we busted rumors about Beyonc?‘s album getting pushed back…by calling her publicist, which no rumor-monger had yet bothered to do.
Now we have more evidence to support our continuing “Destiny’s Child are not beefing” coverage. We’re not so na?ve that we blindly believe everything that Beyonc? and Kelly Rowland have to say on the topic, of course, but the rumors have been getting more and more ridiculous in the face of what seemed to be growing evidence to the contrary.
When we heard that, at the launch party for Rowland’s Here I Am, the duo (and Michelle Williams) had been as friendly as Rowland claimed on Tuesday that they always had been, we reported as much. But one thing puzzled us: why was Beyonc? only photographed entering and leaving the party, and not at all with Rowland, inside? The New York Daily News gossip blog Gatecrasher gave us an answer this morning, which may also explain what has continued to fuel rumors.
Despite what sassy producers and rumor-baiting media outlets might try to lead you to believe, the members of Destiny’s Child continue to insist, they remain friends and have neither beef nor competition. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Kelly Rowland, Beyonc?, and, as Rowland would chidingly remind those who forget, Michelle Williams closed the door on the case last night at the Top of The Standard Hotel in New York City. The trio of independent women gathered for a launch party celebrating the release of Rowland’s third solo album Here I Am. Also in attendance: Big Sean (who appears on the album), Estelle, Maxwell, and Terrence J of BET’s 106 and Park, among others.
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