Monday, February 7, 2011

Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10

Van Halen news tops the list of most-viewed rock stories this week on the hennemusic Hot 10.

VH are currently in the studio recording their first album with David Lee Roth in more than 25 years, and their first new music as a band in 7.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll do," said former bassist Michael Anthony, replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, in 2005.

Comments by the always gracious Anthony turned plenty of hennemusic readers’ heads this week; Michael even went so far as to say that he wouldn't be against having his band, Chickenfoot, open for VH, should they go on tour.

"I got no problem with that," said the bassist.

Something tells me Sammy Hagar might feel differently on that one.

The HH10 is a list of the most-viewed rock news stories in the past week by hennemusic readers.

hennemusic Hot 10
week ending February 6, 2011

01 – Michael Anthony looking forward to hearing new Van Halen
02 – Guns N’ Roses: Slash would take Axl Rose’s call
03 – Slash’s wife named in alleged attack at Ozzy concert
04 – The Rolling Stones: 50th Anniversary tour being planned for 2011
05 – U2: new album due in May?
06 – Metallica to start work on new album in the Spring
07 – Stone Sour's Corey Taylor addresses Velvet Revolver rumors
08 – Super Bowl: Slash rumoured to join the Black Eyed Peas for halftime show
09 – American Idol: Steven Tyler is the new Paula Abdul
10 – American Idol: new promos featuring Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler

This turned out to be a very eventful week for Slash, who took 3 spots on the hennemusic Hot 10. On tour with Ozzy, Slash began the rock news week with a show in L.A, which led to some headlines – his wife was allegedly involved in an altercation backstage. Slash was also quoted, this week, on the subject of reconciliation with former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose, a question he’s always getting asked. And mid-week, rumors surfaced that Slash would join the Black Eyed Peas for their performance at Super Bowl 45 in Texas – which, of course, he did on Sunday.

The Rolling Stones made some headlines this week with rumors about a possible 50th Anniversary Tour this year. The Stones’ logo appeared on the website for the Glastonbury Festival, while a legal battle between promoters Michael Cohl and Live Nation led to further speculation that plans were being made. The Stones ultimately released a statement late in the week denying any tour plans.

A new U2 album looks like it’s on the way in May, based on an album listing on the Germany-based Amazon website this week; the timing of the new release syncs up with comments made last fall by band manager Paul McGuiness.

Other big rock news this past week included features on Metallica’s 2011 recording plans, Velvet Revolver’s ongoing singer search, and Steven Tyler’s profile on American idol was enough to resurrect some December rock news stories in this week’s top 10, as fans dug back through the hennemusic archives to read up on the Aerosmith frontman.

Van Halen – You Really Got Me (1978)

See also:

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American Idol: Steven Tyler tops hennemusic Hot 10
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