I decided to make a few changes in my career today. Well, I didn’t actually decide today. I just put the wheels in motion officially. So there’s a good chance that I’ll be available for anyone who needs BI, software development, or sys admin work done. Of course, only high rollers need apply. I hit the ground running in two short weeks.
Might as well quote another Van Halen song while I’m at it…
Change, nothin’ stays the same
Unchained, and ya hit the ground runnin’
Change, ain’t nothin’ stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground runnin’
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” But that was before DLR and Sammy Hagar left Van Halen. I asked my readers to choose to replace the word death with a Democrat, a Republican, Michael Bloomberg, or VH with Gary Cherone. Cherone was chosen by 38% of respondents.
That means that Cherone is not just capable of killing the ultimate party band. He’s also the equivalent to real death in many people’s minds.
With apologies to Van Halen.Â I sometimes forget how good this song is, even without DLR.
Right now.Â Hey, its your tomorrow
Right now.Â C’mon, its everything
Right now.Â Catch a magic moment, do it right here and now
It means everything
It’s been going through my head a lot lately.Â More later…
It was announced yesterday that the tour will start this fall.
The lastest twist is that founding bassist Michael Anthony has been given the boot, and Van Halenâ€™s teenage son, Wolfgang, has replaced him.
Hmmm. I doubt that statement is entirely true. My guess is that because Eddie Van Halen is such a jerk, Sammy Hagar wouldn’t tour with them again. Sammy and Michael Anthony are still good friends, and Mike probably sees that Ed is a jerk now too and doesn’t want to deal with him.
That leaves Ed and Alex in a bind. They hate David Lee Roth, but they can’t make any money with any singers other than DLR or Sammy. Since Sammy won’t have anything to do with them, they have to put up with DLR, and since Mike won’t have anything to do with them, they have to have Wolfgang play bass.
Dave? He doesn’t care. It’s a chance for him to get on stage and say, “Look at all the people here tonight!” a few more times. He’s probably chomping at the bit to get out on the road and annoy Ed nightly, and I don’t blame him. If I were him, I’d do the same thing just out of spite.
Of all the guys who’ve been in this band, Sammy and Mike are the only ones I’d ever want to hang out with. Dave would be fun to hang out with for a weekend bender, but he’d get on your nerves so bad after a couple of days that you’d have to get away…kind of like being in Vegas for more than a few days. He has, however, done a great job building that reputation and marketing himself.
I’d be surprised if this tour lasts more than a few dates. Look for it to be cancelled because of Eddie’s health.
Just watching it on VH1…I was a huge Van Halen fan back in the day.Â It’s pretty crazy that the only two guys from the band who showed up were Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, especially after they were the two who refused to be part of the ill-fated reunion a few weeks ago.
I know that Ed is in rehab, but what about the other guys?Â Where were they?Â After seeing it, I can honestly say that it’s probably for the best that they didn’t show up.Â Sammy and Michael played and actually sounded (and looked) good.Â Now it makes sense that they don’t want anything to do with a reunion–they are the only two who still have it.