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 t ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Chart Moves: Elton John's Top Five Feat, Nirvana's 'In Utero' Returns, 'Jon Stewart' Sends Atoms Flying

    October 04, 2013 9:07 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake led a party of debuts in the top 10, as his "Nothing Was the Same" started with 658,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His launch marked the second-largest sales week of ...

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  5. Backbeat: Metal Masters Unites Phil Anselmo, Kerry King, Billy Sheehan, Others For Monster Jam

    September 17, 2012 2:23 PM EDT Herding Cats: What's cooler than cramming a bunch of metal icons on one stage to destroy the genre's classics? Getting them to sit still to take an afterparty photo. From Left: Anthrax bassist Frank Bello, SiriusXM Octane/Liquid Metal PD ...

  6. Bret Michaels Enlists Lil Jon, Jimmy Buffet for Solo Album

    June 14, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Slew of Stars Help Poison Frontman on 'Bret Michaels and Friends: Get Your Rock On' B ret Michaels plans to release a new solo album this summer, which includes songs he recorded with a little help from his A-list rocker friends. The album ...

  7. Slash Q&A: 'Cathartic' New Band, Guitar Lessons and Hall of Fame 'Bias'

    April 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Before Axl Dropped Out, We Talked to Slash: "You get inducted into the Hall of Fame and then the next day life goes on" Slash's new album, "Apocalyptic Love," doesn't come out until May 22, but in part 1 of this intervi ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Van Halen Return with 'Tattoo' Single, Video

    January 10, 2012 10:50 AM EST 0 0 0 The rollout of the new old Van Halen continues with a video for the legendary band's new song, "Tattoo," a mid-tempo bluesy rocker that reunites David Lee Roth's playful banter-singing with Eddie Van Halen's precision riffs. ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. J. Cole Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Blink-182 Snags No. 2

    October 05, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just one week after we saw 85-year old Tony Bennett grab his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Duets II," another artist nets his first No. 1 -- but he's a little younger. Rapper J. Cole, 26, bows in the No. 1 slot wi ...

  12. Sammy Hagar: Chickenfoot Is No Joke (But Van Halen Is)

    August 23, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sammy Hagar says he didn't exactly plan to record and release the all-star Chickenfoot 's second album this year. "The reason Chickenfoot had to go in was because of Chad," Hagar tells Billboard.com, meaning drummer Chad Smith, w ...

  13. Joe Satriani Finds Shining Moments on 'Black Swans'

    September 26, 2010 7:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 J oe Satriani says that, as with most of his solo albums, he was "surrounded with anxiety" as he started making "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards," which comes out Oct. 5. "I start every project wondering if it's all go ...

  14. Sammy Hagar on Sharing Chickenfoot Drummer with Chili Peppers, Autobiography

    August 30, 2010 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chickenfoot is four songs and "seven pieces of new music" into its second album, according to frontman Sammy Hagar . But he acknowledges there's some concern about keeping that not-so-old gang of theirs together. The challenge is drum ...

  15. Metal Community Pays Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

    May 17, 2010 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The hard rock community was in a state of mourning as artists rushed to pay tribute to iconic elder statesman Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. Tony Iommi, who worked with Dio in Black Sabbath and its latest ...

  16. Chickenfoot Video Q&A

    September 30, 2009 11:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 "It was a joke name when we started, Chad, Michael, and I" Chickenfoot frontman Sammy Hagar says of his newish supergroup with guitarist Joe Satriani , former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith i ...

  17. Coldplay, Satriani Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

    September 15, 2009 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Guitar hero Joe Satriani and British pop-rock band Coldplay have settled their legal entanglements and the guitarist's lawsuit alleging copyright infringement has been dismissed, Satriani's representative confirmed to Billboard today. Whil ...

  18. Chart Beat: Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams

    June 11, 2009 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALL HAIL THE 'KING' : Dave Matthews Band takes a hearty swig of the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth No. 1 with "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King." The album marks the act's 22nd Billboard 200 entry (including Matthews&# ...

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

    June 10, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dave Matthews Band strikes again with its fifth-consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 as "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" bows in the penthouse of the Billboard 200 with a whopping 424,000. Better still, it's the fifth-straigh ...

  20. Sammy Hagar Stimulated By Chickenfoot

    May 26, 2009 12:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tired of the tequila-friendly party shows that he's been performing for the last 13 years with his post-Van Halen solo band The Waboritas, Sammy Hagar tells Billboard.com his decision to form Chickenfoot with guitarist Joe Satriani, former Van ...

  21. This Day in Music

    November 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58. 2001 - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison die ...

  22. Flea, Johnny Marr On New Frusciante Album

    November 12, 2008 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests on Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's new album, "The Empyrean," due Jan. 20 via Record Collection. The Sonus Quartet and the New Dimension Singers also make a ...

  23. Flea, Johnny Marr On New Frusciante Album

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests on Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's new album, "The Empyrean," due Jan. 20 via Record Collection. Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests ...

  24. Satriani, Hagar, Anthony, Smith Hit The Studio

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After playing together live for the first time last February during a solo Sammy Hagar concert in Las Vegas, a new group featuring the ex-Van Halen vocalist, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Sat After playing together live for the first time l ...

  25. Hagar Inks With New Roadrunner Imprint

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 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. Sammy Hagar is the first signing to new Roadrunner impr ...

  26. Smith Keeps Rocking During Chili Peppers Break

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With his regular band and at least four side projects, Chad Smith is making his case as the hardest working man -- or at least drummer -- in show biz these days. With his regular band and at least four side projects, Chad Smith is making his case as ...

  27. Slash: Weiland Playing With STP This Summer

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After Velvet Revolver wraps a spring tour in support of its second album, "Libertad," frontman Scott Weiland will rejoin his former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots for a handful of summer reunion sho After Velvet Revolver wraps a spring t ...

  28. This Day in Music

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58. 2001 - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison die ...

  29. Van Halen / Nov. 13, 2007 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 It's all so unlikely, or is it? I'm talking about the fact that David Lee Roth, at 53, has a lustrous, full head of hair, a mind-bogglingly ripped physique and enough command over his voice to lead Va It's all so unlikely, or is it? I ...

  30. At 60, Hagar Still Ready To Rock

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although he was laid up recovering on the day after his 60th anniversary bash on Oct. 13 at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico, Sammy Hagar's advanced age has not slowed the Red Rocker in the slightest. Although he was laid up recovering on the da ...

  31. Anthony 'Totally Fine' Without Van Halen

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Anthony is getting his post-Van Halen career going in earnest. Michael Anthony is getting his post-Van Halen career going in earnest. After his acrimonious and controversial ouster from the hard rock group he helped to found -- which is curr ...

  32. Van Halen Tour Kicking Off In Late September

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The first leg of Van Halen's long-awaited reunion tour with frontman David Lee Roth will kick off Sept. 27 in Charlotte, N.C., and run through Dec. 11 in Calgary, Alberta. Tickets for the trek, announ The first leg of Van Halen's long-awai ...

  33. Van Halen Suits Up For NASCAR Appearance

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rocker Eddie Van Halen will serve as an honorary NASCAR official this weekend in what will be the guitarist's first post-rehab appearance. Rocker Eddie Van Halen will serve as an honorary NASCAR official this weekend in what will be the guitari ...

  34. R.E.M., Van Halen Lead Rock Hall's '07 Class

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eminent American rock combos R.E.M. and Van Halen, punk poet Patti Smith, pioneering hip-hop outfit Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and influential girl group the Ronettes were inducted into th Eminent American rock combos R.E.M. and Van Hale ...

  35. Van Halen, R.E.M. Inducted To Rock Hall

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Eminent American rock combos R.E.M. and Van Halen, punk poet Patti Smith, pioneering hip-hop outfit Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and influential girl group the Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night (March ...

  36. Eddie Van Halen Enters Rehab Facility, Skipping Rock Hall

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has entered a rehabilitation facility for undisclosed reasons, casting further doubt over the band's intended summer reunion tour with David Lee Roth, which deraile Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has ent ...

  37. Roth Rejoins Van Halen For Summer Tour

    February 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Van Halen summer tour with David Lee Roth exclusively revealed here last week has now been confirmed by the band's publicist. In a statement, the group said it would tour with David Lee Roth on vo The Van Halen summer tour with David Lee Ro ...

  38. Exclusive: Van Halen Reuniting With Roth For Tour

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Sources tell Billboard.com a contract could be signed as soon as today for Live Nation to produce a 40-date amphitheatre tour by Van Halen this summer, with original frontman David Lee Roth back in th Sources tell Billboard.com a contract could be s ...

  39. Hagar Hoping Van Halen Takes High Road At Rock Hall

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Van Halen's appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 12 "could go a lot of different ways," according to Sammy Hagar. That said, Hagar -- the group's second frontman, f Van Halen's appearance ...

  40. R.E.M., Van Halen Lead 2007 Rock Hall Class

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 R.E.M., Van Halen, Patti Smith, the Ronettes and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 12 during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Ho R.E.M., Van Halen, Patti Smith, the Ronette ...

  41. This Day in Music

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>In the penultimate show of its storied 13-year career, the Smashing Pumpkins say a long and loud goodbye at Chicago's United Center, where they rip through three hours of big hits, a few 2001 - Following a battle with ...

  42. Eddie Van Halen Taps Teenage Son As New Bassist

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Eddie Van Halen has tapped his 15-year-old son, Wolfgang, as the replacement for Michael Anthony in Van Halen, a spokesperson confirms to Billboard.com. Father and son, along with Eddie's drummer brot Eddie Van Halen has tapped his 15-year-old ...

  43. Post-Van Halen Hagar Is 'Livin' It Up'

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sammy Hagar is gearing up for summer with a new album and a tour about to begin. Sammy Hagar is gearing up for summer with a new album and a tour about to begin. Two years removed from a Van Halen reunion tour, the Red Rocker says he realized the im ...

  44. Roth: Van Halen Reunion 'Inevitable'

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Reuniting the original Van Halen lineup is just a matter of time, according to David Lee Roth, who began his career as a morning drive radio host in earnest this morning (Jan. 3). "I talked to the dru Reuniting the original Van Halen lineup is ...

  45. This Day in Music

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>In the penultimate show of its storied 13-year career, the Smashing Pumpkins say a long and loud goodbye at Chicago's United Center, where they rip through three hours of big hits, a few 2001 - Following a battle with ...

  46. This Day in Music

    November 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58. 2001 - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist ...

  47. This Day in Music

    November 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58. 2001 - Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles' lead guitarist ...

  48. Hagar/Roth Outing Grows Second Leg

    June 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth's Song for Song: The Heavyweight Champs of Rock'N'Roll tour will play a second leg of North American amphitheatre and arena dates, beginning July 23 in Bossier City, La. Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth� ...

  49. Hagar, Roth Ready To Spar 'Song For Song'

    May 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For more than 15 years, the prevailing sentiment was that the only way former Van Halen singers David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar would share a stage would be at a ceremony when receiving a major industr For more than 15 years, the prevailing sentiment ...

  50. Not Quite Van Halen: Roth, Hagar Team For Tour

    April 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In perhaps one of the strangest pairings in recent memory, former Van Halen frontmen David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar will hit the road together on this summer's co-headlining Song For Song, The Heavywe In perhaps one of the strangest pairings in ...

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