Van Halen manager, music mogul Irving Azoff hinted that new Van Halen music might be in the offing in the wake of Eddie Van Halen's death of throat cancer at the age of 65. Azoff revealed to Pollstar, “Wolf and Alex (Han Halen) will go up to 5150, the studio in Ed’s house, but there’s been a lot of recording over the years. I can’t predict that for sure there will be anything new, but for sure they’re going to look at it.”
Alex Van Halen, Eddie's older brother finally spoke publicly on Eddie's death via the Van Halen News Desk. Alex had them post a photo of the brothers as children with the simple message: “Hey Ed. Love you. See you on the other side. Your brother Al.” Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony filmed a backstage tribute to Eddie following their appearance on California's Catalina Island for Hagar's annual birthday bash.
Irving Azoff confirmed that Van Halen's rumored 2019 stadium tour — featuring bassist Michael Anthony — was definitely in the works: “We had lots of stops and starts, but there was every intention of doing a summer stadium tour (in 2019), and as the cancer moved around, (Eddie) was physically unable to do it.” Azoff said that plans called for Metallica and Foo Fighters joining the band in select cities, adding: “There is no doubt in my mind that it would have been massive.”
When we last caught up with Eddie Van Halen, he admitted to us that he can't pick a favorite out of the band's many albums: “Well, I tell ya — to me, they're all special. They're all a bit different, but I love 'em all. Y'know, they're all a piece of me, so they're all very special.”