TMZ.com caught up with David Lee Roth in Manhattan last night (Wednesday, Dec. 27), and he warned that a potential VAN HALEN reunion could result in a NASCAR-style wreck. Or a “Jerry Springer”-like brawl. Or even a “Knots Landing”-esque bitchfight!
Diamond Dave, looking dapper and well-coifed outside of Marquee, said that he’s excited that VAN HALEN was nominated for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but wondered whether the band would spontaneously combust if they reunited. For months, the band has hinted at a reunion, but Roth admitted in May that he hasn’t spoken to guitarist Eddie Van Halen for almost two years.
“A VAN HALEN reunion is a lot like NASCAR — are you there to see the winner or the crash?” mused Dave. “In this aspect, we’re a lot closer to ‘Jerry Springer’ meets ‘Knots Landing’, which, to me, sells T-shirts.”
Watch a video clip of David Lee Roth talking about a possible VAN HALEN reunion at this location.
Eddie Van Halen and his brother Alex are prepping for a VAN HALEN tour next year, with Eddie‘s 15-year-old son Wolfgang on bass instead of Michael Anthony, but no singer has been officially announced. Eddie recently told Guitar World magazine, “I’m telling Dave, ‘Dude, get your ass up here and sing, bitch! Come on!’… As it stands right now, the ball is in Dave‘s court. Whether he wants to rise to the occasion is entirely up to him, but we’re ready to go.”
There had also been talk recently that another member of the VAN HALEN clan would be the new singer, but most reports have said the job belongs to Roth, according to Launch Radio Networks.
As for having his son in the band, Eddie said, “Wolfgang breathes new life into what we’re doing. He brings youthfulness to something that’s inherently youthful. He’s only been playing bass for three months, but it’s spooky. He’s locked tight and puts an incredible spin on our (stuff). The kid is kicking my ass! He’s spanking me now, even though I never spanked him. To have my son follow in my footsteps on his own, without me pushing him into it, is the greatest feeling in the world.”
There’s no word on when the new lineup will be officially unveiled.
When I picked up this new Sweet Cheater disc, I must admit that I had low expectations. Just the name of this disc made me think I was going to regret picking it up. Much to my surprise, Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’ is far better than I ever could have imagined.
There are elements in every song that remind of just about every popular 80’s Big Hair Hard Rock act you can thing of. One might complain that they are a copy cat band, but they sound like so many different ones, its actually refreshing to hear.
Take one listen to All Fired Up and see if this doesn’t remind you of old L.A. Guns.
Summer kind of sounds like old school Kix. The keyboard driven One Love is a cool L.A. Guns meets Poison sounding ballad.
The very Kix like Money’s Tough is a killer track, as is the slower paced It’s Our Love.
One listen to Dancin on My Grave, and I thought singer Mike Chappel started sounding like Steven Pearcy.
Holding Out on Love is like a fusion of Poison and L.A. Guns. I’ve Got You sounds like a Poison track as performed by Kix (if that is possible).
Ratt shows up again on the very cool Romina. (Ok…its Steven Pearcy’s vocal clone Mike Chappel ;) )
Subway Train is a good rocker and a great way to end this disc. This track actually sounds better than anything that was on the last Ratt CD.
This disc has to be the surprise of 2006. Perris Records has found one hell of a band in Sweet Cheater. Fans of the 80’s Big Hair sound, and pop metal in general, are going to eat this up. I expect that this will be in my play list for many years to come.
I have added a couple of videos below. You can also hear a few of their songs on their myspace page at: www.myspace.com/sweetcheaterband
Check these guys out! You will be glad you did!
Rating: Out of 10
All Fired Up (Live)
- All Fired Up
- One Love
- Money’s Tough
- It’s Our Love
- Dancin On My Grave
- Holding out on Love
- I’ve Got You
- Subway Train
Sweet Cheater is:
- Charlie Leger – Guitar
- Tom Flaherty – Guitar
- Mike Chappel – Vocal
- Mark Rahilly – Bass
- Tommy Leger – Drums