While David Lee Roth keeps fans guessing about the possibility of a new Van Halen album, the legendary frontman is putting out a CD/DVD compilation of his greatest solo hits. Greatest Hits: The Deluxe Edition will have 2 discs – a 16-track CD and a DVD highlighting his work from 1985-94. The Friday Music release will be available on November 19, and you can read more details and see the proposed track listing here.
Meanwhile, fans will have to wait until 2015 for Eruption, a biography of Eddie Van Halen by British author Paul Brannigan. “The book promises to explore how it was the incendiary playing of the young guitarist which launched the band Van Halen into the consciousness of America in early 1978, and transformed the musical landscape. Offering the first real examination of a true musical icon, it will also turn up the volume on a life lived in popular music's fast lane.”
For now, the guitarist is dealing with more than a million dollars of damage to his home, apparently caused by a contractor. According to TMZ, a lawsuit against Troy Builders Group claims that “the shoddy work included poor drainage, leaky roof and chimney, poorly installed gutter and flashing – all of which caused water to flow into his home.”
In other Van Halen litigation news, the band is suing drummer Alex Van Halen's ex-wife for alleged trademark infringement. “Kelly Van Halen's 'unauthorized' use of the Van Halen name to market clothing, blankets and fashion accessories leads to 'confusion' among consumers and violates federal law, according to the complaint filed Thursday [October 10].” Kelly and Alex were married for 12 years, having divorced in 1996.
Recently, ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has been giving interviews about his new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, and his former band. When asked by Guitar World if he still enjoys performing Van Halen songs, he said that he does and then took a shot at his erstwhile bandmates: “The music that came from that era will always be in my repertoire, and even more so today because they can't play that material. And it's not because they hate it; although I'm sure Dave probably does [laughs]. But they won't play it because they can't.” In the same interview, Hagar disparaged Van Halen's latest album, A Different Kind of Truth, despite his band's most recent eponymous album, Chickenfoot III, not doing as well on the charts as ADKOT did. Chickenfoot III peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200, while ADKOT debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200.