Following the inevitable postponement of Van Halen’s blink-and-you-missed it reunion tour plans with David Lee Roth at the helm, Yahoo!’s Launch has reported that Velvet Revolver is now set to perform in the band’s place at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. In fact, it’s not even certain that any member of Van Halen will be present at the ceremony, so Velvet Revolver is also slated to accept the honor on their behalf. Now, granted, the dream of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth standing within 50 feet of one another every night throughout an entire summer tour was a long shot. But bands with far more fractious histories have managed to hold it together long enough to show up for one night and accept their induction to the Hall.
Then there’s the notion that “supergroup” Velvet Revolver, a band with one record to its name, has been selected to represent Van Halen as it is honored for lifetime achievement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Slash, Duff, Weiland and the boys grew up worshiping Van Halen and are stoked by the whole idea, but it smells fishy when you realize that this seemingly random choice (did the gala planners simply look for the next “V” band in the Yellow Pages?) coincides with the upcoming release of Velvet Revolver’s second album, Libertad, and their scheduled tour with Aerosmith.
Which is sadder — that Van Halen couldn’t stick together long enough to accept a career achievement award, or that their honor is being hijacked to provide a promotional opportunity for a band with far less history?