Van Halen is getting the band back together. The original band. We think. The on-again, off-again reunion is reportedly on, with the band now in the studio to record a new record. Still not sure if Michael Anthony is part of this deal, but if he’s not, and Eddie’s kid is part of the make-up, who cares. I mean, who cares anyway? Methinks a bunch of folks do. And as much as I LOVED this band for, well, two albums, I have no desire whatsoever to see a 50-year-old (plus) David Lee Roth singing “Ice Cream Man.” That would almost be as creepy as Steven Tyler leering at 16-year-olds on American Idol. Almost.

But back in the day, especially on that first record, well, it was all pretty cool. It wasn’t anything new, per se, but…it really was. You know, it’s almost hard to remember what mindless, ironic-free rock and roll sounded like. Or what a frontman with swagger actually looked like. But it all sounded and looked great to a junior in high school who grew up in the hard rocking 70’s (with all due respect to the soft rock contingent that was plying their respective craft during the same time.)

Anyhoo, I have a couple of very cool VH rarities that I would love to give up to someone else who is still down with Diamond Dave and Fast Eddie, and who’s looking forward to seeing them-maybe-in 2011. First up is a DCC gold cd of their band’s epic self-titled release in unplayed condition, with the CD itself sporting a “Not For Sale” imprint in the inner ring of the disc (as well as the punch hole through the upc, natch). Man, these DCC discs go for some money, so brace yourself for the pricing…http://www.musicstack.com/item/327848719.

The other item is a sealed (!) promo only Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies 12″ single in a custom die-cut sleeve with five tracks from the first record -“Runnin’ With The Devil”, “Eruption”, “Ice Cream Man”, “YOu Really Got Me” and “Jamie’s Cryin'”. Oh, and it’s on red vinyl. Yep. Jacket has some issues – a corner crease visible when looking at the back of the jacket, a top right crease due to shrink pull and a small bottom right corner dent. So, definitely not perfect, but also not all that bad. And again, it sealed and found here (and price dropped to $75 due to the jacket stuff)…http://www.musicstack.com/item/327848143.

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