Eddie Van Halen on cancer and future of Van Halen

5-21-01 antiGUY

A Reuters reporter caught up with the elusive Eddie Van Halen on Sat., May 19th during a charity golf game organized by the Los Angeles Police Department. Eddie told the reporter that he is undergoing daily treatment for cancer and the doctors have not told him when he would be cancer free. Van Halen was reluctant to talk about the cancer. ``I'm really not ready to talk about it because there was never even a press release.Ē Said the 46 year-old guitarist, ďI just wanted to let our fans know that I'm fine. Yes I have cancer ... but I ain't got nothing to talk about until it's gone.''

Eddie was also questioned about the state of Van Halen and the possible reunion with David Lee Roth. He acknowledged that some music was recorded with the groupsí original lead vocalist, but that the tracks will ``probably'' not be released. 

``The band has always been together,'' he added. ``Whether we have a singer or not is a different story. ... Depends what we do.''

Van Halenís third vocalist Gary Cherone left the group in 1999 and the band has kept a tight lip about his possible replacement ever since. Rumors and speculation about David Lee Roth returning to Van Halen have been flying since Cherone left the group. Roth broke his silence last month and told fans that he had indeed recorded new music with his former bandmates but hasnít been in touch with the other members of Van Halen since July. 



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