The Van Halen founder is going back on tour with his band soon, and took the time to speak about his cancer diagnosis 15 years ago.
EDDIE VAN HALEN has opened up about his cancer diagnosis over a decade ago and his subsequent recovery, blaming his condition on his guitar picks. He underwent a course of treatment for tongue cancer in 2000 and was declared free of the disease two years later, though about a third of his tongue was removed in surgery.
In a new interview with Billboard, the 60 year old has said that, while he has now quit smoking, he believes his diagnosis might have been down to when used to habitually hold his spare guitar picks in his mouth during sets. “I used metal picks - they’re brass and copper - which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer,” Van Halen said.
Eddie Van Halen spoke to Billboard about his cancer diagnosis in 2000
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Alex Van Halen and Stine Van Halen - 2015 MOCA Gala presented by Louis Vuitton at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th May 2015
Taylor Swift will premiere her new video at this month's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
The line-up for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was already very impressive, with Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith all set to perform on stage, and officials have now filled a (blank) space by confirming Taylor Swift will be there to debut the video for her new track 'Bad Blood', according to Hollywood Reporter.
And the singer has teased the premiere of the forthcoming video with a stylish image on Twitter.
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The veteran rockers had shut down Hollywood Boulevard for the eight song mini gig.
David Lee Roth suffered a nasty cut to the nose on Monday evening, as Van Halen staged a gig live on Hollywood Boulevard in a performance taped for Jimmy Kimmel's talk show. The singer sustained the injury when he hit himself with his microphone stand while twirling it around during the band’s opening number.
What a trooper! Van Halen's David Lee Roth
But Roth wasn’t going to let some blood interfere with his performance and after going offstage to receive a bandage the singer returned and continued on as if nothing had happened. The band were promoting their new live album, ‘Tokyo Dome Live in Concert’ and recently announced summer tour. But the performance actually held much more significance.
Van Halen and David Lee Roth - Shots of the American rock band Van Halen who rose to prominence in the 70's as they performed live on Hollywood Boulevard for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. While performing on stage, lead singer David Lee Roth cut the bridge of his nose whilst twirling the mic stand. He then performed the rest of the gig with a band aid on his nose in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 30th March 2015
Van Halen and David Lee Roth - Van Halen rocks Hollywood Blvd during a sound check rehearsal before performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at Hollywood Blvd - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 30th March 2015
"Fun fact: Was just insulted by that s**tty boy band #OneDirection in the lobby of our hotel this morning! Greetings Birmingham!" Wolfgang posted on Twitter, following that up with: "No joke. That ACTUALLY happened. That group of kids in #OneDirection were dickheads to @IIEROCKII @GWDrums and i." He then posted a very odd insult of his own, saying "They must call themselves that because all of their hair points #OneDirection." We don't really get it. Well, we do, but it's really not very good. Tremonti drummer Garrett Whitlock then weighed in on the fun, by tweeting, ''had a run in with some boy band in the hotel lobby. no worries. I can't take a insult from someone who doesn't even write there own tunes (sic)''. Ouch.
Wolfgang - the son of guitar legend Eddie Van Halen - has been in the music business since the Van Halen family formed the band 1972. The band has been keeping a low profile since Eddie underwent emergency surgery for Diverticulitis, a digestive disorder of the colon, in August.
When a band releases its 12th studio album after an absence of 14 years, it's only natural to view the record with an amount of suspicion. Add to that the seemingly fashionable move of keeping it in the family (Jason Bonham did fill his fathers shoes for Led Zep), and digging up abandoned ideas from your heyday (R.E.M. resurrecting songs like 'Bad Day'), you're left with a band satisfying the fans but not really looking to move past their autopilot setting. However, Van Halen has ticked those boxes while also defying the odds to create an album as good as any in their back catalogue.
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