For a generation of aspiring musicians and rock aficionados in the late 1970s and 1980s, Eddie Van Halen was the premier guitar hero of the day, one whose sonic palette covered everything from rock, R...
Van Halen have settled a lawsuit with the ex-wife of drummer Alex Van Halen after the bandmates accused her of infringing on their trademark by using her married name as the title for her interior design company. Alex and brother Eddie sued Kelly Van Halen in 2013, claiming her company diluted the band's brand and created unfair competition.
Kelly and Alex divorced in 1996 but she reportedly filed two trademark applications under her married name for products like chairs, children's blankets and interior design services.
The brothers and partners at their holding company, ELVH, Inc., argued Kelly's use of the name was "confusingly similar" to the band's.
On Monday (05Jan15), attorneys for both Van Halen parties informed a judge that the lawsuit should be dismissed, and Kelly's attorney, Daniel DeCarlos, tells The Hollywood Reporter it has been agreed she can use her full name for her businesses, but she has agreed not to get involved in any music-related services that might cause consumer confusion.
"I remember Dave hearing Jump and he did not want to do it. He told Eddie (Van Halen), 'You're a guitar hero. You're not a keyboard player. You need to play guitar'." Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony reveals frontman David Lee Roth was not a fan of the group's mega-hit Jump when he first heard it.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli is a distant cousin of her former boyfriend Steven Spielberg. The Hot in Cleveland star, 54, was alerted to the family link during an interview with author A.J. Jacobs, who himself is related to Bertinelli as she is his aunt's sixth great-uncle's wife's mother's husband's brother's wife's eighth great-granddaughter.
During the chat for People magazine, she responds to the Spielberg revelation by recalling the brief romance, saying, "That relationship didn't last long. I think he tired of me quickly. I was 19, he was in his 30s. My life might have gone very differently had he not. But I'm happy with the way my life came out."
Bertinelli, who was previously wed to rocker Eddie Van Halen, is now married to Tom Vitale, while filmmaker Spielberg made actress Kate Capshaw his second wife in 1991.
Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has ruled out the possibility of reuniting the band following the death of his guitarist brother Darrell Abbott. Abbott insists fans pushing for the band to enlist another guitarist to replace his brother for a reunion are being nothing but "selfish".
He says, "They want what they want; they don't care what you want. And it's unfortunate that people go, 'Oh, wow, man, they can get (guitarist) Zakk Wylde to jump up there onstage and it's Pantera again'. No, it's not, you know. It's not that simple.
"If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, man, Zakk, go play for Van Halen. Just call it Van Halen'. You see what I'm saying? I mean, it's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all.
"They call it a reunion for a reason. It's called bringing the original members back to what it was. So there's a lot of these things that they call reunions that aren't really reunions. They've got one dude from the band floating around in them, you know. That's not a true reunion. With Pantera, it'll never be possible."
'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott was killed by a gunman while on stage in Columbus, Ohio in 2004.
Rocker Gene Simmons once talked Eddie Van Halen out of joining Kiss by insisting the guitar great would be miserable as Ace Frehley's replacement. The bass player tells Guitar World magazine that Van Halen came close to leaving his namesake band and joining KISS in the early 1980s following a series of spats with frontman David Lee Roth.
Simmons recalls, "He was so unhappy about how he and Roth were - or weren't - getting along. He couldn't stand him. And drugs were rampant."
The guitarist invited Simmons out for dinner in New York to sound him out about the possibility of him becoming a member of KISS, but the Detroit Rock City hitmaker told Van Halen his band wasn't big enough for the both of them - and singer Paul Stanley.
Simmons says, "I told him, 'Eddie, there's not enough room. You need to be in a band where you can direct the music. You're not going to be happy in Kiss'. I talked him out of it. It didn't fit."
Instead, Vinnie Vincent, who joined the rock icons for their dinner date, signed on as KISS' new guitarist.
BritneySpearsVEVO/YouTubeBritney Spears became an unlikely figure in the fight against Somali pirates last week when it was revealed that her biggest hits were being used by British naval officers to scare away Western culture-hating pirates and stop them boarding their ships. But she's not the only pop star who has unwittingly become a military tool. Here's a look at five other artists whose music has also been used as a torture device.MetallicaThe punishing sound of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" was repeatedly played by the US government in order to cause sleep deprivation amongst Iraqi prisoners of war who had previously never heard the joys of heavy metal before.Christina AguileraAccording to various extracts of prison logs, Aguilera's sexually-charged hit, "Dirrty," was constantly pumped over the loud speakers at Guantanamo Bay detainees back in the mid-'00s. EminemTerror suspect Binyam Mohamed claims he was forced to listen to Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" for 20 consecutive days during his time at a secret US prison in Kabal. Van HalenAlongside The Clash and The Howard Stern Show, Van Halen's music was blasted at the Vatican embassy at deafening levels in 1989 in a successful bid to draw Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega out of hiding.Julio IglesiasEnrique's father became an unlikely weapon in 1973 when the thousands of political opponents who were jailed when Chilean dictator Pinochet seized power were forced to hear his easy-listening Latin pop for days on end.
Tragic rocker Jim Morrison's unpublished 100-page handwritten notebook is to be auctioned off 10 days after what would have been The Doors star's 70th birthday next month (Dec13). The rare item will be among the highlights at Profiles in History's upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Auction on 18 December (13).
The notebook, which Morrison updated during his final months in Paris, features musings, poetry and notes that have never been published.
The notebook is from the collection of rock legend Graham Nash, who was given the memorabilia by his former manager Bill Siddons. Siddons was one of the only people who saw Morrison's body following his bathtub death in July, 1971.
The book is estimated to sell for between $200,000 (£133,000) and $300,000 (£200,000).
Also up for grabs at the Profiles in History auction is one of only eight handmade 1982 Kramer Frankenstrat guitars that was owned by Eddie Van Halen. A portion of the proceeds from this lot will benefit guitarist Jason Becker and the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust to assist him and his family in his battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
There is also an unbelievable collection of handwritten song lyrics going under the hammer - these include Robert Plant's Stairway to Heaven scribble and Roger Waters' handwritten lyrics from Pink Floyd's The Wall, as well as Morrison's Riders on the Storm musings.
Eddie Van Halen and his bandmate brother Alex are suing the drummer's ex-wife for using her famous married name in a new business venture. The rockers claim Kelly Van Halen's construction and interior design company dilutes the band's brand and creates unfair competition.
Kelly and Alex divorced in 1996 after 12 years of marriage but she kept her name from the union, and now her ex-husband and former brother-in-law are taking her to court in California over her moniker.
In the brothers' lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly is said to have filed two trademark applications under her name for products like chairs, children's blankets and interior design services. They claim her name is "confusingly similar to Plaintiff's VAN HALEN marks in sound, appearance and commercial impression."
Rocker Eddie Van Halen is suing a building contractor over allegations of shoddy work at his Los Angeles home. The Van Halen star claims workers left a string of problems in their wake after they were hired to remodel his home in 2008.
In a lawsuit filed on Monday (30Sep13), Van Halen accuses them of causing damage to his roof, chimney, gutters and elevator shaft. The main issue, the suit claims, is a lack of waterproofing, which has caused mold damage throughout the house.
He claims he has paid out more than $1 million (£666,000) and now is seeking repayment, along with interest.
"Music is total free-form to do whatever you want. I think censorship and all that... is a bunch of garbage. People should be able to express themselves however they want. As long as you're not hurting anyone... If you don't want to see it, don't watch it." Rocker Eddie Van Halen defends Miley Cyrus' right to strip off and dance provocatively.
Van Halen released self-titled debut album, featuring the hit "Runnin' With the Devil"
Ninth studio album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge topped Billboard 200 chart; featured commercial hit "Right Now"
Band delivered breakthrough album 1984, which included signature hits "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher."
Van Halen reunited with Hagar
Moved with family to Pasadena, CA from the Netherlands; took classical piano lessons with brother Alex
Bassist Anthony left band and replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's son with actress Valerie Bertinelli
Roth left Van Halen and replaced by Sammy Hagar
Band released first double-live album Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons discovered Van Halen at a local club
Reunion with Roth short-lived; band released Van Halen III with former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone on lead vocals
Released A Different Kind of Truth, Van Halen's first studio album with Roth on vocals since 1984
Formed the band Van Halen with brother Alex on drums, Roth on vocals, and Michael Anthony on bass; played guitar for band
Van Halen inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Met David Lee Roth while they both attended Pasadena Community College in the 1970s
Hagar parted ways with band; four original Van Halen members made first public appearance together in over 11 years at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards
For a generation of aspiring musicians and rock aficionados in the late 1970s and 1980s, Eddie Van Halen was the premier guitar hero of the day, one whose sonic palette covered everything from rock, R&B and dance to classically inspired pieces that redefined the use and sound of guitar in hard rock-n-roll. As leader and co-founder of Van Halen, he enjoyed considerable success for over three decades with such songs as "Jamie's Crying," "Dance the Night Away," "Jump" and "Best of Both Worlds," which were anchored by his fluid, supercharged guitar work and nimble manipulation of both frets and strings. Relations within the group were often as fiery as Van Halen's playing, with no less than three singers, including David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone departing the group amidst heated in-fighting over the course of their history. Van Halen himself would suffer frequent health problems, including serious drug and alcohol addictions, during this period, but invariably rose again to re-establish himself as a guitar titan. His fabled marriage with television sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli kept his name in fan magazines apart from his music. Though Van Halen the band became a textbook example of dysfunctional band relations, Van Halen the guitarist remained untouched in regard to the innovation and inspiration he provided through his playing.
Met backstage at a Van Halen concert in 1980; Married April 11, 1981; Announced separation July 2002, saying they had been separated since October 2001; Filed for divorce December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences; Divorced Dec. 20, 2007