Van Halen

  1. Van Halen Sues Drummer's Ex-Wife for Using Famous Last Name

    October 17, 2013 2:58 AM EDT When famous people marry, their spouses often take on a famous last name. That benefit can even survive divorce. But can it be used as a commercial asset? Witness a new lawsuit by ELVH Inc., which is the intellectual property holding company of ...

  2. Van Halen European Tour Not Happening: Irving Azoff

    March 12, 2013 6:10 PM EDT Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for group founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. In comments picke ...

  3. Van Halen, Billy Joel Headline New Aussie Stone Fest

    February 17, 2013 6:45 AM EST Van Halen and Billy Joel will headline the new two-day Stone Music Festival in Sydney this April. Other international acts confirmed for the April 20 and 21 fest at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium include Buckcherry, Richie Ramone, Lifehouse and so-called “ ...

  4. Irving Azoff's Resignation Comes With Tax Benefits, Non-Compete Carve-Outs

    December 31, 2012 10:54 PM EST The paths of the Bush tax cuts and the man who topped Billboard's Power 100 crossed on December 31, 2012: Irving Azoff's resignation from Live Nation gave him cash, stock, the right to manage certain artists such as the Eagles and engage ...

  5. Irving Azoff Steps Down from Live Nation

    December 31, 2012 4:08 PM EST Irving Azoff, chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and no. 1 on Billboard's Power 100 list earlier this year, will leave the company effective immediately, Billboard.biz has confirmed. In conjunction with the change, Liberty Media Corporatio ...

  6. Frank Barsalona Remembered by Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luukko, More

    November 25, 2012 6:57 PM EST While the seeds that produced the modern concert business were planted decades ago by pioneering agent Frank Barsalona -- who died Thanksgiving day -- and though he effectively quit the business when he merged his Premier Talent with what was then ...

  7. Frank Barsalona, Music Agent Who Revolutionized Concert Business, Dead at 74

    November 25, 2012 8:21 AM EST Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent agency changed the concert business, died early Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, a rep for his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. His passing was first repor ...

  8. Backbeat: Creed, Alter-Bridge's Mark Tremonti's First NYC Solo Gig With Wolfgang Van Halen, Sevendust, Wind-Up, eOne, AEG Execs

    September 18, 2012 2:58 PM EDT Mark Tremonti (center right) made his initial impact in rock as part of multi-platinum band Creed, signed to Wind-up Entertainment. Backstage Wind-Up President/CEO Ed Vetri (second from left) and executive Diana Meltzer (send from right) pay their ...

  9. Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results Big-event tours and superstars are supposed to sell tickets, so the best indicator for the success of the touring industry is when the list of top tours also includes a health ...

  10. Ahead of Summer Olympics, London's O2 Leads Midyear Recaps

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As the live entertainment business continues to gain its footing, arenas across the world experienced a successful first half of the year with top-grossing tours by Roger Waters, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Pri ...

  11. Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live' Tops Billboard's Mid-Year Touring Chart

    July 18, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour is continuing on its blockbuster pace, finishing as the highest-grossing year so far in Billboard's Midyear Charts, according to Boxscore. The midyear numbers are based on concerts reported to Billboard B ...

  12. Van Halen Postpone Over 30 Tour Dates without Explanation

    May 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT Van Halen's 2012 reunion has hit a snag -- the final three months and 31 dates of the group's North American reunion run have been abruptly postponed. The Van Halen tour will continue as regularly scheduled through the group's May 2 ...

  13. Alan Mintz -- Attorney, Manager, Label Exec -- Dead at 58

    May 04, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Alan Mintz (photo courtesy the Mintz family) Alan Mintz -- attorney, label exec, manager and musician -- died Wednesday of acute myelogenous leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. He was 57. Min ...

  14. Fandalism Gives Musicians Their Own Social Network

    April 30, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Fandalism homepage features performance videos from musicians in such disparate places as New Zealand, Sweden and Connecticut. (screen shot) If you're a musician, or you want to keep track of up-and-coming and unknown musicians, you should re ...

  15. Web Trends: Big K.R.I.T. Drops New Mixtape, Radiohead Announce More Tour Dates

    March 05, 2012 4:39 PM EST Google Trends: 6. montrose -- Guitarist Ronnie Montrose passed away Saturday; his band Montrose featured Sammy Hagar before his stint in Van Halen. 10. nick lachey -- Nick Lachey and his wife Vanessa Minnillo announced that they are expecting thei ...

  16. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

  17. Grammys Help Adele's '21' Hit 20th Week At No. 1, Van Halen Debuts At No. 2

    February 15, 2012 11:00 AM EST Thanks to a Grammy Awards-fueled gain, Adele's "21" album beats out Van Halen's new "A Different Kind of Truth" for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. Adele's "21" sold 237,000 in the week that ended ...

  18. Lana Del Rey Tops UK Chart, Has Biggest Selling U.K. Album of 2012

    February 13, 2012 8:01 AM EST As Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday, Belgian Australian Gotye climbed 3-1 on the singles survey with "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Islan ...

  19. Van Halen Vs. Adele For No. 1 on Billboard 200 Next Week

    February 08, 2012 6:03 PM EST Van Halen might be on its way to a sixth career No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- unless Adele's 21 stands in the veteran band's way. Industry sources suggest that Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth may sell about 180,000 ...

  20. Backbeat: Van Halen Packs VIP-Loaded L.A. Club Show

    February 02, 2012 1:16 PM EST HOLLYWOOD, California -- Henson Studios is located just across the street from Crazy Girls. It's hard to imagine a better place than the crossroads between Kermit the Frog and a Hollywood strip club for David Lee Roth to lead Van Halen throug ...

  21. Billboard Power 100: Irving Azoff

    January 26, 2012 6:50 PM EST No. 1 Irving Azoff Chairman; Chairman/CEO Live Nation Entertainment; Front Line Management Group Twitter: @irvingazoff The Game Changer... To hear the words "I have Irving Azoff on the line" and not experience at least a twinge of anxiet ...

  22. Chart Moves: Van Halen's 'Tattoo' Debuts, Train's Chart 'Drive,' the Wanted Arrives

    January 20, 2012 7:30 AM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reporte d , Rihanna reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris. The song becomes of one just 11 by lead female artists to rack at least 10 frames o ...

  23. This Week in Billboard History: Van Halen Breaks Up; VH1 Launches; Monte Lipman Named Universal Prez

    January 10, 2012 9:58 AM EST VH1 Logo Launch Tape on Vimeo . 1985: VH-1 'Optimistically Introduced' A page one Billboard story with the headline "MTV'S VH-1 Opens on An Optimistic Note" reports that MTV Networks' second 24-hour cable music servic ...

  24. Backbeat: David Lee Roth's Uncle, Cafe Wha? Founder Manny Roth, Calls Van Halen Gig 'Phenomenal'

    January 06, 2012 4:16 PM EST David Lee Roth rips it up on the mic at last night's (Jan. 5) intimate gig at Café Wha? in New York. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Van Halen kicked off what promises to be a busy 2012 with a fiery, hit-laden show at Cafe Wha? in New York on ...

  25. Van Halen Is Back: Announce Nation-Wide Tour, New Album, Play NYC's Cafe Wha?

    January 06, 2012 8:52 AM EST 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 "Ju ...

  26. Van Halen Sets NYC Show, Teases Album Release

    January 03, 2012 1:00 PM EST Reunited rockers Van Halen will invade New York's Cafe Wha? on Thursday night (Jan. 5), presumably to play their first concert with frontman David Lee Roth since the band's reunion trek ended in 2008. The show will precede a 2012 tour as ...

  27. Van Halen Confirm 2012 Tour

    December 27, 2011 11:11 AM EST Van Halen diehards just received a belated Christmas gift: the 80s rock icons are roaring back with a 2012 tour, which was announced through a series of video messages on the group's official web site on Monday (Dec. 26). Van Halen - Long Ver ...

  28. Getting Ready For 'Music's Biggest Night'

    December 01, 2011 12:42 PM EST An introduction To The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Grammy Award nominations announcement and the Feb. 12 ceremony are both obvious and intriguing. Will Adele, with six nominations and a major contender for three of the top awards, have recovered fro ...

  29. Official: Van Halen Signs With Interscope Records

    November 17, 2011 11:01 PM EST Left to Right: Alex Van Halen; Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie Van Halen; Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and chairman/CEO of the Front Line Management Group; Ste ...

  30. Van Halen To Sign With Interscope

    November 11, 2011 5:42 PM EST Iconic rock band Van Halen are set to sign with Interscope Records, says a source familiar with the negotiations. The deal is expected to be finalized next week, marking the first time in 35 years that the band will not release music through Warne ...

  31. Van Halen Sign With Columbia Records?

    September 19, 2011 8:40 PM EDT The rumor mill is abuzz with talk of a new Van Halen album -- their first with original singer David Lee Roth since he left the band in 1985, the band's first since 1998's "Van Halen III" and the first to be released on a label ...

  32. Jay-Z? Susan Boyle? Howard Stern? Which No. 1 Albums Spent Shortest Time on Chart?

    July 28, 2011 6:34 PM EDT As Adele's "21" spends a remarkable 22nd consecutive week in the top three of the Billboard 200 - its entire chart life since its debut on the March 12 tally - it raises the question: Just how amazing is that top-three streak? As it ...

  33. How Rock Music is Saving Book Publishing

    April 25, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Billy Joel aside, the sudden surge in memoirs is bringing boomers to bookstores. From Keith Richards' assertion that he really did snort his father's ashes to Sammy Hagar's revelation that he's been abducted by aliens, out-ther ...

  34. Exclusive: Irving Azoff Talks Live Nation's Purchase Of Front Line Shares, Board Reorganization

    February 07, 2011 6:12 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment chairman Irving Azoff says today's announcement of the company's purchase of the remaining shares of Front Line Management from Azoff and Madison Square Garden "made incredible financial sense," in an ...

  35. Van Halen Album, Tour In 2011?

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Welcome news for Van Halen fans: The clearest indications that a new album and tour are in the works for 2011 have emerged. While the webosphere has bantered rumors and various reports about a possible album with original frontman David Lee Roth s ...

  36. Veteran Booking Agent Barbara Skydel Dies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Barbara Skydel, a veteran New York booking agent has died, Billboard has confirmed. The cause of her death and age were unknown at press time. Skydel began her career in the music business in 1968 as the assistant to pioneering agent Frank Barsalo ...

  37. Dave Matthews' 'Big' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band strikes again with its fifth-consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 as "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" bows on top of the Billboard 200 with a whopping 424,000 units sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Better ...

  38. Dave Matthews Band Is 'King' Of Charts

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 424,000, giving the band its fifth straight studio album to bow atop the list. "King" is one of a bevy of rock albums that ...

  39. Edel Launches earMUSIC Label

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Hamburg indie edel AG has launched the earMUSIC label for rock and pop releases, with its launch roster including artists ranging from Deep Purple, Status Quo and Chris Rea to UB40, Swing Out Sister and former Suede singer Brett Anderson. The ...

  40. Danniels' 38-Year Rush Job

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rush manager Ray Danniels was inducted into the Music Managers Forum Canada honour roll at a ceremony in downtown Toronto during Canadian Music Week. The outstanding contribution award was previously won by Bryan Adams' manager Bruce Allen an ...

  41. Live Nation, AEG Reps Discuss Azoff Deal

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster's blockbuster agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in Irving Azoff's Front Line Management Group could have a big impact on Live Nation's summer amphitheater touring season, according to AEG Live CEO Randy ...

  42. Ticketmaster To Buy Majority Of Front Line Management

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster's blockbuster agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in Front Line Management Group Inc., is the latest nuke in the ongoing struggle for supremacy between Live Nation and what will be known as Ticketmaster Entertainme ...

  43. Hagar Inks With New Roadrunner Imprint

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sammy Hagar is the first signing to new Roadrunner imprint Loud & Proud, which will focus on established artists. His label debut, "Cosmic Universal Fashion," will arrive Nov. 18. The album's title track was written online by Ha ...

  44. Madison Square Garden Aligns With Azoff-led Front Line

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden has acquired a minority equity interest in Front Line Management, the Irving Azoff-led management firm held by IAC and Warner Music Group. Front Line represents a wide range of major artists, including the Eagles, Jimmy Buffe ...

  45. Van Halen Jump To $93M Tour Gross

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Though not without setbacks, the Van Halen reunion tour ended up a massive success, wrapping June 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a total gross of more than $93 million and close to one million in attendance from 74 shows. The tour, news of which f ...

  46. Plugged & Unplugged: 'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Revolution,' Lala

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: I like videogames, and I also like music, which makes it a good week for me with all of the music-game developments that have occurred. My favorite included the introduction of "Guitar Hero World Tour" and Konami's "Ro ...

  47. Live Nation, AdBrite Launch eFan Finder

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has partnered with Internet ad network AdBrite to launch eFan Finder, a free tool designed to track the performance of Live Nation's online advertising campaigns for concerts it markets and produces across North America. In conjun ...

  48. Sunset Strip Music Fest Lined Up For June

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hot Hot Heat, Louis XIV, Juliette and The Licks, the 88, Dilated Peoples, Godhead and B Real of Cypress Hill have been confirmed for the first Sunset Strip Music Festival, to be held June 26-28 throughout several music venues along Los Angeles ...

  49. Touring Biz Veteran Kapp Dies

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Kapp, who spent nearly 40 years working in the concert industry, died yesterday (April 21) of a suspected heart attack at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57. Prior to his death, Kapp, who is credited for helping develop the concept of nation ...

  50. Azoff, Gould To Co-Manage GNR And Axl Rose

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guns N’ Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represented by longtime managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, according to a statement from Rose on the band’s Web site . “We are very excited and look forward to working with them and hope our r ...

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