Earlier today, Ultimate Classic Rock debuted a 90-second snippet of the new Van Halen song titled ‘China Town.’ The tune, probably the heaviest one heard so far from the band’s upcoming album ‘A Different Kind of Truth,’ gets straight to the point starting off with a blazing Eddie Van Halen solo before the rhythm section takes over and David Lee Roth joins in on this tale of hard living.
And on this glorious day, back in 1955, the universe was graced with one Mr. Edward Van Halen. Today (Jan. 26), 57 years later, we wish the guitar god a very happy birthday and look back at his incredible music career.
Enter below and if you win you'll get two tickets to any show* (except one, see details below) on Van Halen's upcoming 2012 North American tour and a copy of their new CD, 'A Different Kind of Truth,' courtesy of Live Nation, Ultimate Classic Rock and Loudwire. VH kick off the much-anticipated tour on Feb. 18 in Louisville, Ky., and will be out through a June 26 gig in New Orleans, La. Check out their complete itinerary below.
Being in the school band just got a whole lot cooler for some of the kids in the Los Angeles area: Eddie Van Halen has teamed up with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to donate 75 guitars from his personal collection to schools that don't have enough funding to pay for instruments. For Van Halen, it was a simple case of giving back -- as he put it simply, "Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them."
It's been 28 years since Van Halen released an album with David Lee Roth at the vocal helm, and 'Tattoo' is the first single from VH and DLR's reunion album, 'A Different Kind of Truth,' due out Feb. 7. It's worth a mention that this is not the first new VH song with DLR singing since 1984, as Diamond Dave laid down his voice on 'Me Wise Magic' in 1996 for the 'Greatest Hits' set and that song was a No. 1 radio hit.