Eddie Healthy, Ready to Go

The Van Halen tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth is back on again, according to multiple music industry media outlets citing inside sources. Billboard is suggesting the group will make an official announcement in Hollywood next week.

The resurrected tour is to involve 50 American arenas this fall and a lineup of Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, on bass rather than fan favorite Michael Anthony. The originally planned summer amphitheater tour was cancelled in March when Eddie checked into rehab. Shortly afterwards, the group was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame with only second lead singer Sammy Hagar and snubbed bassist Michael Anthony showing up for the ceremony.

Eddie and Alex have not toured with Roth since 1984.

Plus, the Fontaines D.C. axeman explains why he’s reticent to fix the microphonic pickup in his ’66 Fender Coronado.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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