Eddie Van Halen to get hitched again… Don’t expect a Dire Straits reunion anytime soon… Buzzcocks to play classic albums live…
Eddie Van Halen is to get hitched – but not, obviously, to David Lee Roth. The Van Halen guitarist has in fact become engaged to his girlfriend/publicist/manager Janie Liszewski. Van Halen, 53, proposed to Liszewski, 38, on August 4 while they were vacationing in Hawaii. Van Halen asked Liszewski to marry him in a private room at exclusive jewellers Tiffany’s. Ah, the romance! A source told People.com, “They are happy, healthy, very much in love and looking forward to living life together forever. They are devoted to each other and to experiencing life in a whole new, positive and passionate way.” Blub! The couple plan to wed next June. It will be Van Halen’s second bout of wedlock – he was married to Valerie Bertinelli and has a 17-year-old son, Wolfgang, with the actress. Wolfgang, of course, plays bass in the current Van Halen line-up.
the current Van Halen line-up.
Dire Straits bassist John Illsley would love it if Mark Knopfler decided to re-form the group – but ‘The Knopf’, it would appear, ain’t interested. Illsley told the BBC News website: “Mark’s doing different kinds of music now [but] I think we’ve definitely got one more tour left in us, and probably another record too. Mark and I were the only two left in ’93, so it’s really up to him and I if it happens at all. But he’s doing incredibly well as a solo artist, so hats off to him. He’s having a perfectly good time doing what he’s doing.” Last year Knopfler said he didn’t miss Dire Straits’ mega-success: “It just got too big. If anyone can tell me one good thing about fame, I’d be very interested to hear it.”
The Buzzcocks will re-release their first three albums in deluxe form on October 27. The albums concerned are all from 1978/9: Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Love Bites and A Different Kind Of Tension. Each will come as two discs adding previously unreleased tracks, Peel sessions, associated singles, demos, backing tracks, live versions, et cetera. In addition, the current Buzzcocks line-up (founder members Pete Shelley, guitar, vocals and Steve Diggle, guitar, vocals, plus Chris Remington, bass and Danny Farrant, drums), will be playing the first two albums in entirety on tour in January 2009.
Full dates are:
Tue Jan 13 Exeter, Lemon Grove
Wed Jan 14 Bristol, Academy
Fri Jan 16 Manchester, Academy
Sat Jan 17 Leeds Academy (early curfew)
Sun Jan 18 Newcastle, Academy
Mon Jan 19 Glasgow, ABC
Wed Jan 21 Nottingham Rock City
Thu Jan 22 Wolverhampton, Wulfren
Fri Jan 23 Leamington Spa, The Assembly
Sun Jan 25 Norwich, Waterfront
Tue Jan 27 Oxford, Academy
Wed Jan 28 Southampton, The Brook
Thu Jan 29 Cambridge Junction
Fri Jan 30 London, Shepherds Bush Empire
Scars On Broadway – the band featuring System Of A Down members Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan – have cancelled all tour dates as well as their appearance on US TV’s Jimmy Kemmel show, with no plans to reschedule. Singer/guitarist Daron Malakian apparently decided he couldn’t face going out on the road anytime soon. Malakian responded to disgruntled fans’ postings on the Scars On Broadway website by saying: “I understand all of your frustration and anger, and I never meant to let any of you down. Your support for Scars has been so important to me and the band. I would never cancel a tour unless I had real reasons and personal things that require my undivided attention. The music of Scars will live on, but now is a time when aspects of my life need to be tended to. I hope all of you can understand.”