October 11, 2019 – A lot of rumors have been floating around regarding the health of Edward Van Halen. The guitar god has been silent regarding the supposed reunion tour with Michael Anthony last summer that never happened. While Anthony said he was contacted by Van Halen management, nothing ever came of it and he never spoke to Ed or Alex Van Halen. Lead singer David Lee Roth has been dancing around the issue of Ed’s health in recent interviews. He stated that he’s “heard all of the same rumors that you have” in regards to Ed’s health. Some speculate that his tongue cancer has returned, or that maybe he has started drinking again. Well, just when you thought it was nothing but doom and gloom as far as Ed’s health is concerned, a YouTube video appeared. Made by a fan of Ed showing him and his wife Janie shopping on Ventura Place in North Hollywood near Studio City, the video appears to show Van Halen is alive and well.
The video was posted about a month ago. The fan asks him several questions and Ed playfully responds to them. He appears happy, healthy and enjoying himself in the impromptu interview. While the video is only a minute and a half long, it is enough, in my opinion to dispel any rumors about Ed’s health. Hopefully he’s working in his studio on new material and just enjoying life. I hope so and personally I never doubted that Ed was okay.
Check it out!
UPDATE: Eddie tweeted this today (10/11/19):
When I heard Jennifer Hope's 'trailer remix' version of "Runnin' With The Devil," I was blown away. It is a very powerful, unique approach, and I couldn't have done better myself! https://t.co/5jDvl6neup#NewMusicFriday #music @Rhino_Records @atlasmusicpub pic.twitter.com/558YrOljxB
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) October 11, 2019
UPDATE: Oct 22, 2019 – TMZ reported an unconfirmed claim that Ed was receiving cancer treatments every few months in Germany. On 10/19 a photo was posted on Instragram (since removed) showing Ed at a car dealership in Los Angeles. Ed appeared in good spirits and was all smiles. It is now reported by TMZ that Ed will be attending the Tool concert in L.A. this week. Barring any unforseen news for the worse, this will be the last update on this story. With other artists such as Vivian Campbell having undergone successful cancer treatment over the last several years, it is reasonable to assume that Ed is doing fine and hopefully we’ll hear from him again soon!
Good to see you again, Ed!
What’s your favorite Van Halen album or song?