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Van Halen spring update

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Although there is still no news about Van Halen activity, singer David Lee Roth has been working on some outside projects. Back on May 23, he released another short episode of The Roth Show, in which he and his guitar teacher, Jeff Falkowski, performed an acoustic version of “Ice Cream Man” in Tokyo.

Falkowski met Roth in 2004, shortly after the front man moved to the Lower East Side (New York City) and was looking for a guitar instructor. After they met, Roth told him that “he wanted to learn Django Reinhardt, gypsy jazz, flamenco, Brazilian world beat, salsa, rumba, reggae, and a few things Jeff had never even heard of.”

A few days later, Konishiki, a former sumo wrestler and friend of Roth, released a YouTube video showing some candid and behind-the-scenes shots from “Tokyo Story,” a short film which the singer wrote and starred in last year. Konishiki played a card shark shot by an assassin (Roth).

Around the same time, “Forbes” magazine did a story about an upcoming book that details the early years of the band. In “Van Halen Rising” (which is expected to be released late next year by ECW Press), author Greg Renoff “explores in depth Van Halen's reluctant journey from back yard band to superstardom and, in particular, the role of David Lee Roth's ambition and entrepreneurial skills.”

On June 12, “Guitar World”'s website posted a YouTube clip of Eddie Van Halen playing Eric Clapton's “Crossroads” guitar solo note for note, during a 1984 interview with rock journalist Lisa Robinson. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, former singer Sammy Hagar (1985-1996) recently expanded his chain of Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill restaurants, opening a fourth location in Cleveland. He also recorded vocals for a track – “She's Gone” – with Ted Nugent on the Motor City Madman's upcoming album “ShutUp&Jam!” which will be released on July 8. Listen to the song here.

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