In addition to the 3 shows Van Halen will be doing in Japan in late June, the band recently signed on to perform at the inaugural Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, over the April 20-21 weekend. For their first visit down under with their (almost) original line-up, they’ll headline the Saturday show, which also features Buck Cherry, while Billy Joel will star on Sunday.
According to Australian newspaper The Age: “[singer David Lee] Roth says Australian audiences can expect a playlist reflecting the band’s heavy metal roots, its flamboyant pop tunes and tracks from the band’s critically lauded 2012 album, A Different Kind of Truth.”
Although Van Halen was only on the road during the first half of last year, they came in at #4 on Billboard‘s “Music’s Top 40 Money Makers 2013,” with earnings of more than $20 million, both from their 46-show tour and album sales, as well as other merchandise. They were out-earned by Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna (who made more than $34 million).
While awaiting Van Halen’s return to the road, Roth released another episode of The Roth Show, in which he treats fans to an in-depth lesson on the history of tattoos, especially in Japan, as well as explaining his own elaborate Japanese tattoo and why he’s now living in Tokyo.
Back in the Western Hemisphere, Wolfgang Van Halen is winding up a tour with the Tremonti Project and recently spoke with The Oakland Press about his musical influences, how he became a member of his friend Mark Tremonti’s solo band, and his involvement in Tremonti’s next album.
In former band member news, ex-lead singer Sammy Hagar earlier this month celebrated the 3-year anniversary of his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Las Vegas, with a free concert featuring his Cabo UNO band. He also spoke with Las Vegas Magazine about his plans for 2013, including going into the recording studio with his band, The Wabos, and his wish to put together a “lifestyle cookbook with some of my chef friends.”