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Eddie Van Halen undergoes emergency surgery

In the past, guitar icon Eddie Van Halen has attributed many of his headaches on Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth; his latest ailment, though, owes less to the one they call Diamond than to sheer unfortunate luck.

According to the Van Halen website, Eddie underwent emergency surgery for “a severe bout of diverticulitis,” a disease that causes painful inflammation in the intestines. “No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within 4-6 months,” the site said.

The band has been forced to reschedule an entire tour of Japan that was supposed to begin in November. The new dates will be some time in 2013.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for the legendary — and legendarily troubled — rockers: After putting out a largely excellent comeback album, the band inexplicably cancelled 32 dates back in June. (They said in later interviews that they had simply overextended themselves, and that everybody was still getting along and in good health.)

Eddie, who is 57, has had a number of physical woes that have gotten in the way of his latter-day career, and has undergone a number of treatments for major problems, including hip-replacement surgery and an operation to remove a third of his tongue due to cancer.

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Van Halen postpones summer concert dates

Van Halen is postponing some dates on its summer concert tour.

A source familiar with the tour who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to The Associated Press that some of the group’s long-scheduled performances this summer are being postponed. The band’s website lists active tour dates through June 26.

Dozens of additional shows had been planned and there was no immediate reason given for the postponements. Representatives of the band and AEG, which is promoting the concerts in some regions, did not respond to messages from the AP on Thursday.

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Is there a place for Van Halen in 2012? Survey says…
Reformed Van Halen performs intimate NYC gig

Pulp make triumphant return to the U.S. with two sexy, bouncy shows at Radio City Music Hall

The last time bookish Britpop legends Pulp played a concert in the United States, I was just wrapping up my sophomore year in high school. The idea of making the trip into New York City to see a band was well out of the realm of possibility (at the time, I had to argue with my parents about seeing shows one town over), but for a hot minute I tried to devise some way I could see them. After all, their just-released sixth album This Is Hardcore was my absolute favorite album at the time (even though all the middle-aged suburban ennui went completely over my head), and the band was not doing the sort of full-scale tour that would have taken them to the local amphitheater in Hartford. So I had to put that idea to bed. “I’ll catch them next time,” I told myself.

How was I to know that it would take them nearly 14 years to come back? They put out one more tepidly-received album and promptly broke up. Frontman Jarvis Cocker moved to Paris, started a solo career, and seemed content to let his old band live in the past forever. The solo stuff was pretty strong, and I got to experience Cocker live in person twice in the interim, but there was still a distinct lack of “Disco 2000″ in my live concert history.

The band rewarded my patience with two phenomenally sharp shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall this week, and during Tuesday night’s sinewy rendition of “This Is Hardcore,” I realized exactly why I love Cocker’s style as a frontman. He’s a deeply physical performer who has carved out a unique dance style. His voice isn’t the most technically proficient, but his songs would sound ridiculous if sung by anybody else. The choruses are as much about his vocal tics and asides as they are about the hooks themselves. His bands songs are deeply rooted in their conception period and yet strangely timeless. And he is so deeply ensconced in his character that it’s sometimes hard to tell where the irony begins.

With that resumé, it’s clear why I find Cocker so compelling: He’s almost exactly like David Lee Roth. READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Adele tops the chart for a 21st week; Bruno Mars, The Civil Wars get big Grammy bumps

In the first full sales week since the Grammys, Adele’s 21, which won six awards including the Album of the Year prize, topped the Billboard 200 in a big way.

The British diva, whose middle finger made headlines last night at the Brit Awards, sold an astounding 730,000 copies (a 207% increase) of her blockbuster album, bringing its total to over 7.3 million in the States. According to iTunes, it also became the first album to ever sell over 2 million digital copies. Remarkably, 21 achieved these feats in its 52nd(!) week of release.

That’s right, the critically beloved disc has been available to consumers for a full year now, and it has maintained exemplary sales levels during each and every frame. Altogether, 21 has topped the chart for 21 weeks — the same amount of time as MC Hammer’s 1990 disc Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, and the longest tally for any solo female artist ever.

Only seven albums have ever spent more time at number one:

West Side Story Soundtrack (54 weeks)
Thriller, Michael Jackson (37 weeks)
Calypso, Harry Belafonte (31 weeks)
South Pacific, Soundtrack (31 weeks)
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (31 weeks)
Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gees/Soundtrack (24 weeks)
Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution (24 weeks)

Adele’s debut album 19 also got a substantial boost after her Grammy sweep, with sales rising a whopping 144 percent to 87,000 — enough to put it in fourth place. Don’t be surprised if both 21 and 19 end up outselling many high-profile new releases in 2012. Adele’s success and enduring appeal are, quite simply, phenomenal.

Whitney Houston’s Whitney: The Greatest Hits rose into second place in the wake of the star’s death. The late singer’s collection sold 175,000 copies, up 174 percent from the previous week. Houston’s most iconic track, “I Will Always Love You,” which currently sits at no. 7 on the Hot 100, will likely see high placement on tomorrow’s singles chart as well. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Adele gets a big Grammy boost, Whitney Houston's 'Greatest Hits' returns at No. 6

Thanks to an endless amount of Grammy buzz leading up Sunday night’s big award show, Adele’s smash album 21 topped the Billboard 200 once again this week, selling 237,000 copies.

That figure marks a 95 percent increase over last week — almost entirely as a result of buzz, not necessarily her six Grammy wins. (Soundscan tracks album sales through Sunday night, so the real effect of the Grammy boost will be seen next week.) All told, 21 has topped the chart for 20 weeks (coincidentally, the same amount of time that The Bodyguard soundtrack did) and has sold over 6.6 million copies. The set should blaze right past the 7 million mark over the next few days.

Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth started off in second place with 187,000 copies, just a touch behind the band’s last record 1998′s Van Halen III which started its run with 191,000 units. Now 41 debuted one slot lower, moving 141,000 discs — a consistent result for the veteran franchise.

In fourth, the Fray’s Scars and Stories sold 87,000 copies, less than half of what the band’s last album achieved in its first week. Their 2009 self-titled collection moved 179,000 in its first week, though that album’s lead single “You Found Me” caught on with listeners much more than Scars‘ first single “Heartbeat” has. Paul McCartney’s latest album Kisses on the Bottom opened in fifth place with 74,000.

Following her tragic death on Saturday night, Whitney Houston reentered the Top 10 at No. 6 with Whitney: The Greatest Hits, which sold 64,000 units, an increase of 5,994 percent. Consumers took to digital retailers to revisit Houston’s catalog.  Collectively, her albums sold 101,000 total copies — 91,000 of which were digital. Again, though, since Soundscan only counts sales through Sunday, Houston will likely receive a much bigger bump next week.

Dierks Bentley debuted in seventh place with his new album Home, which sold 55,000 units this week, a better result than his bluegrass effort Up on the Ridge, which moved 39,000 copies in its first frame.

The Civil Wars also received a notable Grammy bump. Their debut disc Barton Hollow jumped from No. 121 to No. 41 after their buzzy minute-long performance on Sunday night. It will be interesting to see how high they climb on next week’s chart.

Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'House,' 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'One Tree Hill,' and more music-on-TV moments

Even though love songs account for about 90 percent of the market (a statistic I just made up as I listened to Adele and Snow Patrol on repeat), it’s been a while since we had a good line-up of serious heart flutterers here on TV Jukebox. From a rain-soaked reunion (Pretty Little Liars) to a synchronized swimming-themed proposal (Glee), it was a good week for all things gushy and gooey. Some were searching for love (Private Practice, Happy Endings), while others were letting it go (Gossip Girl, The Secret Circle).

Of course, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t room for a some rumbling (Teen Mom 2), reconciliation (House), revenge (Hell on Wheels), strip club shenanigans (One Tree Hill, CSI), and straight-up struttin’ (House of Lies). All of which is without mentioning the most disturbing use of ’80s soft rock to come down the pipeline is quite some time. Thanks for that, Criminal Minds! See our latest picks below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Van Halen release 'Tattoo,' first new song with David Lee Roth in 16 years: Hear it here

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When Van Halen invaded New York City’s tiny Cafe Wha? last week, they played one “new” song over the course of their one hour set.

The song in question, “She’s the Woman,” was kind of a cheat; it’s been kicking around since around 1976 but was never recorded. (It will finally get a proper release when the band drops A Different Kind of Truth, their first David Lee Roth-led album in 28 years, on February 7.)

But what of actual new music written in this century? [UPDATE: Or possibly not.] This morning, the band let loose the first official single from A Different Kind of Truth: A groovy little ditty called “Tattoo” that contains all the requisite elements for a Van Halen single—huge honking riff, rugged backbeat, blistering guitar solo, and enough room for Roth to do his talking-blues thing with the lyrics, which focus on a woman who goes from “mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo,” a lyric both charmingly inexplicable and almost alienating in its smugness. But then Diamond Dave smiles and winks and everything is all right again.

It’s not going to replace “Jump” or “Dance the Night Away” in the great VH pantheon, but it’s a pretty solid first step for a group of guys who haven’t recorded together since Roth lent his vocals to “Me Wise Magic” and “Can’t Get This Stuff No More” for 1996′s Best of Volume 1. (For the record, this is way better than either of those songs.) Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Is there a place for Van Halen in 2012? Survey says...

A few minutes before David Lee Roth and Alex, Eddie, and Wolfgang Van Halen walked onto the tiny stage at low-ceilinged Greenwich Village club Cafe Wha? last Thursday night, a colleague of mine leaned over and asked what was, at the time, a very important question: “Is there any band that fits into 2012 less well than these guys?”

Of course, a few minutes later we were both making the championship-belt gesture at each other, signifying that Van Halen’s hour-long set had secured the heavyweight title. It was easy to get wrapped up in the group’s first show together since 2008, and not just because the band picked up everybody’s bar tab.

The name Van Halen has always sounded like a code word for the sort of neutron bomb that Slim Pickens could ride into oblivion, and each one of the songs they played — including the not-at-all-new “new” song “She’s the Woman” — cut perfect four-minute swaths of destruction that wiped out any negativity or cynicism that might have been in the air.

Which came back to my friend’s point: Before Roth gave 250 journalists (and Jimmy Fallon) the chance to shout along to “Panama” with him as they got drunk with their friends, would Van Halen have made sense in a vacuum in 2012? Let’s take a look: READ FULL STORY

Reformed Van Halen performs intimate NYC gig

They’ll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including “Jump” and “Panama.”

“Welcome to Occupy Van Halen, ladies and gentleman!” frontman David Lee Roth yelled just before the band launched into “You Really Got Me,” the first in an approximately hour-long, high energy set.

The show was at the famed Café Wha? in New York’s West Village — a club owned by Manny Roth, the uncle of Roth. READ FULL STORY

Van Halen back on the road again in 2012

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Next year will represent the 40th anniversary of the founding of Van Halen, and what better way to celebrate four decades of strumming and strutting than with another tour and a new album?

Such is the case for the four men of Van Halen: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, and singer/dancer/bon vivant David Lee Roth. The band last hit the road in 2007, which was the first time the Van Halen brothers had teamed up with Roth since the ill-fated (and extremely short-lived) reunion in 1996. The return of the band’s original (and best) singer remains tempered by the absence of bassist Michael Anthony, whose backing vocals and wild-eyed personality were sorely missed on the last tour (he was always a remarkably great foil for Roth on stage; Wolfgang, Eddie’s son, always looked like he was in Van Halen against his will).

The band’s 2012 trek, which was announced via their official website this morning, doesn’t have any specific dates yet, though the first batch of tickets will go on sale on Jan. 10. The year promises to be a busy one, as the band is close to completing a new album, its first since 1998′s awful Van Halen III (with Extreme singer Gary Cherone on the microphone), and also the first with Roth since 1984 (though Roth did contribute vocals to two new songs on 1996′s Best Of Volume I).

What better way to celebrate yet another Van Halen return than with a wacky promotional video featuring lots of crazy Roth dancing, some of the band’s biggest hits, and a heaping helping of confetti? Enjoy your late Christmas gift below. READ FULL STORY

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