Last week we were hit with the tragic news that Van Halen’s highly anticipated and freshly announced reunion tour was being indefinitely postponed. The jury is still out on what all this means — especially with regard to the band’s performance plans at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony March 12th in New York City. A few weeks ago, our Brian Hiatt spoke to Eddie and Alex Van Halen about — among other things — the band’s thoughts on being inducted and the logistics of going onstage with VH members new and old to play the award show. Whatever news unfolds, we prefer to bask in the more innocent, if fleeting times when there was hope and excitement underneath the Van Halen brothers’ HoF wise-cracking:
On what they thought upon hearing that they’d been nominated.
On their plans for performing at the ceremony.
On ousting Michael Anthony and naming Wolfgang the band’s new bassist; new material; tour news.
On the future of Van Halen.