Monday, July 9, 2012

Van Halen addresses Super Bowl rumors

Van Halen have stepped up to address rumors surrounding the band’s possible involvement in Super Bowl 47 next year in New Orleans.

A buzz in the sports community started last month following comments by Eddie Van Halen regarding the group’s touring plans.

On the heels of canceling a full run of summer US tour dates, Eddie told USA Today that "a lot of the canceled dates were in cities we already played. So in November we'll hit Japan, and in the new year we'll possibly do something special, but I can't talk about it."

In the past few weeks, NBC Sports and others have continued their Super Bowl 47 attention on Van Halen.

An open letter by David Lee Roth has been posted on fan website the Van Halen News Desk,as follows:

An Open Letter

I’m compelled to address the now-rampant rumors that Van Halen is playing the Superbowl. First of all let me say this — be still my pigskin heart. That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time though it is one we would accept in a NY minute.

Having heard VH blaring through stadium speakers on any given Sunday – more like every given Sunday, the idea of playing there live would be like – ‘okay, now we’re in the game’.

Van Halen’s collective memories are – and with all due respect to each and every one of these memories, teeming with been-theres and done-that’s, but none include playing at the Superbowl. Playing at the Superbowl is a veritable holy grail of musical recognition, a highly prized rite of passage for (game-changing) artists. Not a spiritual rite with snake pits or Hebrew school or anything, but it’s up there.

We are not on Commissioner Goodell’s dance card at this time, but we would be most honored to dance the halftime away in New Orleans.

It’s an honor to be considered and for that we would like to thank the rumormongers all over the World Wide Web.

- D-Ro

Van Van Halen

See also:

VIDEO: Van Halen soundcheck with soundboard audio
Van Halen in talks to tour Australia this fall
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VIDEO: Van Halen – Watch complete Los Angeles concert
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VIDEO: Van Halen – Japan tour commercial
Wolfgang Van Halen thanks fans for North American tour
RUMOR: Van Halen to play Super Bowl 47
VIDEO: Van Halen – Watch complete Manchester, NH concert
Family dies in car crash on way to Van Halen concert
VIDEO: Wolfgang and Eddie Van Halen interviewed on CNN
RUMOR: Van Halen – Japanese tour dates
Van Halen to appear on CNN this Friday
Van Halen to tour Japan in November
VIDEO: Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen talk music
AUDIO: Van Halen perform Light Up The Sky at soundcheck
VIDEO: Van Halen play Bottoms Up! for first time in 30 years
Sammy Hagar: Eddie Van Halen owes me an apology
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VIDEO: Van Halen discuss early musical inspirations
VIDEO: Van Halen – Watch complete Pittsburgh concert
VIDEO: Van Halen break out And The Cradle Will Rock in Minnesota
Former Van Halen bassist comments on band’s tour postponement
VIDEO: David Lee Roth explains Van Halen tour postponement