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Van Halen concert closes Hollywood Boulevard

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HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood Boulevard was closed in front of the El Capitan Theatre March 30 for a special concert by Van Halen, which performed for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to mark the band’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth.

The concert and the appearance on the Kimmel show was held to announce the start of a summer and fall concert tour by Van Halen and the release of the band’s first-ever live album featuring Roth.

The album, “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert,” recorded in 2013, was released March 31.

Van Halen was formed by four young musicians from Pasadena in 1974. The original members were Eddie Van Halen on guitar, his brother Alex on drums, Roth on vocals and Michael Anthony on bass.

The debut album was released in 1978 and sold more than 10 million copies, as did “1984” six years later.

Roth left the band for a solo career in 1985 and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, who lasted until 1996.

Gary Cherone followed Hagar, but he left the band after only one album in 1999.

After a four-year hiatus, Van Halen reformed with Hagar on lead vocals in 2003, but Roth was back in the fold in 2006, along with a new bass player, Wolfgang Van Halen, the son of Eddie and actress Valerie Bertinelli.

Van Halen’s summer and fall concert tour will begin July 5 in Seattle and conclude Oct. 2 at the Hollywood Bowl. Additional Southern California dates are planned in Irvine and San Bernardino in July.

Tickets for the band’s tour go on sale April 4 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com.

This week’s Hollywood Boulevard concert featured with Van Halen classics: “Panama,” Running With the Devil,” “Eruption/You Really Got Me Now,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Dance the Night Away,” “Unchained” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love.”

The new live album features 23 songs.

The band also releases remastered versions of its debut album and “1984” March 31 and plans to release remastered versions of “Diver Down,” “Women and Children First,” “Van Halen II” and “Fair Warning” later this year.

 

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