And the cradle will rock once more: Van Halen are back. Yes indeed, Thursday evening saw the band play an intimate show at New York City’s 250-capacity Cafe Wha? ahead of the release of new album A Different Kind of Truth in February. Whether Roth and the Van Halen family (now including Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass) can match ex-Van Halen supergroup Chickenfoot for old-school, lyrically dubious thrills remains to be seen but, for now at least, let us gaze upon the almighty rig of Mr Edward Lodewijk Van Halen.
Now, I’m not going to pretend to be the world’s biggest expert on Eddie; there are a hell of a lot of sites on the ‘net dedicated to dissecting every last aspect of his tone. Instead, I’ll aim to give a brief overview (which has been made a hell of a lot easier since EVH started getting signature EVERYTHING).
Guitar-wise, Eddie’s new EVH own-brand Stealth and Wolfgang seem to be the axes of the hour, as they dominated the band’s 60-minute set in New York. Amplifiers came in the form of Eddie’s legendary 5150 series, but now in luxurious white. Chris Cannella, Eddie’s “right-hand man when it comes to EVH gear”, discusses these new amps and guitars in the video below, taken at NAMM 2011.
Finally comes the pedals. Fortunately for us, Revolver magazine were at Thursday’s gig and managed to get a shot of Eddie’s current board. I can’t be sure of the order but there’s an MXR EVH signature Cry Baby, MXR EVH Phase 90, MXR EVH Flanger, Boss OC-3 octaver and the new MXR Analog Chorus, as well as numerous hum eliminators and amp channel switchers (with no doubt more in the racks backstage). Can we expect new signature octave and chorus pedals from EVH? I don’t think anyone would be in the least surprised.
Aaand that’s it. I hope this article draws together enough new sources to make it worthwhile in amongst all the other EVH fandom out there. Any suggestions for next week? Until then, this is EDGG reporting from the interwebs.