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Van Halen / Diamond Dave Reunion - In Court? Print E-mail
Monday, 16 December 2002
Former Van Halen frontman extraordinaire, David Lee Roth and his Diamond Dave Enterprises, filed suit on December 11, 2002 against former band mates, Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony along with Van Halen Music, Van Halen Music LLC. and Warner Brothers Records.
Roth and his company allege conspiracy to convert property, breach of fiduciary duty, and accounting. David Lee Roth alleges that Van Halen signed a 1996 contract with Warner Brothers. Records to increase the royalty rate on the band's older records, including the ones that Diamond Dave performed on. Roth says the deal was made without his consent, and claims a diversion of his entitlement to 25 percent of royalties owed to him based on a prior contract he signed with the group ten years earlier. Waiting until actual and significant damages have been incurred is a common practice in entertainment industry lawsuits.

Van Halen cut Sammy Hagar, their even more commercially successful replacement for Roth, reportedly over royalty arguments. Since then the band released a record with former Extreme vocalist, Gary Cherone. It was nothing short of a tragedy in both musical and financial terms. After Roth appeared on two specifically good new tracks of Van Halen’s Best of compilation, rumors of a VH reunion have bounded about. Sources close to AudioRevolution.com say that a new record featuring David Lee Roth has been at least partially recorded. The band’s publicist denies it. Roth and Hagar went on a successful summer tour in 2002 filled to the nosebleed seats with die-hard Van Halen fans yet the tour was mired in fighting between the easy going Hagar and the ego driven Roth.

Will this end the hopes of David Lee Roth and Van Halen reuniting? Most likely but never say never. If VH and Roth were to put their vast differences behind them and tour, it would fill large concert venues world-wide generating millions of dollars for each band member.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Yahoo.com and The Howard Stern Show

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