VAN HALEN SALUTE 1978 DEBUT ALBUM WITH HIGH TOPS?

February 27, 2019
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Coming on the heels -- pun intended -- of the new Led Zeppelin Van sneakers are the new commemorative Eddie Van Halen high tops. The '78 high tops are the sixth set in the EVH sneaker collection that features red, yellow, and white high tops, red low tops, and red slip-on shoes -- all of which replicate the striped designs of Van Halen's '70s and '80s guitars. The new sneaker sells for $64.78.

According to the official EddieVanHalenStore.com website:

This commemorative shoe, the 1978 High Top, honoring the occasion of Eddie’s groundbreaking debut to the world stage with the release of the first Van Halen album, some 40 years ago.

Adding to the growing collection of footwear offered by the EVH brand, the 1978 High Tops are a black and white classic high-top sneaker. The outer side features a live photo of Eddie Van Halen playing guitar on the first world tour, and the inner side of the shoe has 1978 prominently displayed in a circular badge.

The Eddie Van Halen logo appears on both the tongue of the shoe and on the back sole, and the back panel features his signature white with black striped pattern."

SIDE NOTES

Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has confirmed that ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was contacted by the band's management six months ago about reuniting with the group for a tour.

On February 13th, Hagar said on SiriusXM, "As usual, Mike's hearing about it through the news, just like the way he heard about when Wolfie (Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang) replaced him (back in 2007). It was, like, 'Oh, I guess I'm not in Van Halen anymore.' He read about it instead of these knuckleheads giving him a call and just being straight upfront with him."

Hagar continued, "I'm telling you, Mike don't know s**t . . . he got a call six months ago from management saying, 'Are you interested?' And he said, 'Yeah. I'm doing a record with Sammy right now. We're booking shows, so you'd have to work around it.' And they said, 'Okay. We'll get back to you.' And that was it. I can tell you that much."

Anthony, who plays with Hagar in The Circle, said at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, that he wasn't opposed to reuniting with Van Halen, adding, "I don't know what kind of rumors are floating around or whatever, but I personally haven't been contacted by them yet or anything. So, at this point, nothing is happening. But you never know."

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