Last week (September 20), the singer's Facebook page featured a photo of him in a Lucha libre (Mexican pro wrestling) mask, with the caption: “Nothin' but high reps and heavy training for the new Van Halen sessions, hell yeah, nothin' but yeah...” Yesterday, another masked photo of Roth – in front of the Intrepid – with a similar note appeared on his page: “High reps and heavy lifting in prep for upcoming VH doings, D-Ro bench presses air craft carrier 3 times, breaks record and celebrates by ...”
He has also been dropping hints about the return of his popular YouTube talk show, The Roth Show, with two short video promos – featuring clips from the first season – promising “THE ROTH SHOW SEASON 2 COMING SOON,” one posted on September 6 and the other last week, on September 18.
While waiting for the next chapter in the Van Halen saga to unfold, Eddie Van Halen has been busy, as well. The legendary guitarist was featured in “The Life of Man,” a series of 80 photographs and mini-interviews celebrating the 80th anniversary of Esquire magazine. When asked about the best advice he ever received, he shared some wisdom that his father (also a musician) imparted him at an early age: “I would make mistakes and ask 'What do you do?' And he'd say ... 'Just keep pedaling through. Don't stop and don't let the audience know you made a mistake. Or smile and do it twice. Then people will think you meant it.”
In recent weeks, the Van Halen News Desk has put out two more previously unreleased tracks that Eddie wrote and performed, in 1983, for the soundtrack from the movie The Wild Life. You can listen to the synth-heavy “Back to School” and “(Nearly) Good Enough,” which “ultimately became 'Good Enough' on 5150,” according to the VHND.
Last week (September 19), Guitar World announced that, after a summer-long poll, Eddie's “Eruption” was voted the Greatest Guitar Solo of All Time by the magazine's readers. Last year, readers selected him as the Greatest Guitarist of All Time.