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The Night Diamond Dave Rejoined Van Halen

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

FADE IN:

INT. MGM GRAND PENTHOUSE SUITE, LAS VEGAS (NIGHT)

The camera lingers on the full-length windows and panoramic view of the glittering Strip below, before slowly panning around the lavishly appointed room. WOLFGANG VAN HALEN sits on an overstuffed couch, playing Halo 3 with his uncle ALEX VAN HALEN on the room's giant flat-screen TV.

Eat 'em and Smile: Van Halen make nice for the cameras at last summer's press conference announcing their tour.
Eat 'em and Smile: Van Halen make nice for the cameras at last summer's press conference announcing their tour.

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Van Halen performs Monday, January 28, at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 713-758-7200. Ky-Mani Marley is also on the bill.

Wolfgang's father, EDDIE VAN HALEN, sits at a table in the breakfast nook, chain-smoking and reading The Wall Street Journal. Next to an overflowing ashtray lies a folded copy of USA Today bearing the headline "Petty, Heartbreakers to Play Super Bowl Halftime."

There is a knock at the door.

EDDIE (standing up):

Come in!

DAVID LEE ROTH enters the room, clad in designer jeans, Hawaiian shirt, velvet smoking jacket and aviator shades. Roth takes off his sunglasses. He and Eddie politely shake hands and sit down.

ROTH:

Hello, Ed.

EDDIE:

Dave.

ROTH:

How you feeling these days?

EDDIE:

Oh, you know. One day at a time. Rehab was a bitch.

ROTH:

Tell me about it. My counselor says I shouldn't even be taking Cialis. Can you believe that? (Both laugh) Any trouble with the Big C lately?

EDDIE:

Nope, knock wood. Homeopathic all the way. I just don't hold my picks in my teeth anymore.

ROTH:

Probably a good idea. How's Wolfie?

EDDIE:

He's doing great. Kid's getting to be quite a bass player. When he's not playing Guitar Hero, that is.

ROTH:

Oh yeah. Man, I still can't believe they picked "You Really Got Me" over "Hot for Teacher" or "Panama." Bet Ray Davies is enjoying those checks.

EDDIE (chuckles, somewhat grimly):

Right? Billy Gibbons tells me that since the game came out, the number of teen­agers at ZZ Top shows has tripled. That's, ummm, kind of what I wanted to talk about.

ROTH:

What's that?

EDDIE:

Did you see this?

He motions to the USA Today, and Roth reads a few paragraphs.

ROTH:

Hmmm. Good for Tom. He's a cool cat. I saw them at the Hollywood Bowl last year and they still sound great. I wonder why all their partying never wound up in the papers like ours did. Have you seen Runnin' Down a Dream?

EDDIE:

Yeah. I know. But come on, Dave — that could be us.

ROTH:

What do you mean?

EDDIE:

I mean, maybe it's time for us to give this another shot.

ROTH:

Are you serious? Last time we talked about this it didn't work out so well.

EDDIE:

I know. We never should have gone on the MTV Awards.

ROTH:

God. I barely even remember that night at all.

EDDIE:

Me neither. But to be honest, man, I could use the dough. This divorce is bleeding me dry.

ROTH:

Oh, right. Yeah, that's tough. I haven't worked much since I lost that goddamn radio gig after Stern went to Sirius. VH-1 called me last week and asked if I wanted to do one of those shows like Flavor Flav did. I told them I'd think about it, but I think they're going to go with Bret Michaels.

EDDIE:

See? I read the other day the Stones brought in more than $550 million on their last tour.

Roth lets out a low, sustained whistle.

ROTH:

Sheeeeiiit. But come on, Ed. We're not the Stones.

EDDIE:

Well, think about all those Stones fans. To their kids, we kind of were.

ROTH:

Good point. But what would we do for a bass player? I take it you haven't talked to Mike?

EDDIE:

Well...no. (Awkward pause) But I think Wolfie's ready. I talked to Sting the other day, and he said it's great having your kid on the road with you. Keeps you out of trouble, that sort of thing.

ROTH:

Well –

WOLFGANG (offscreen):

Hey dad, come watch this!

Wolfgang and Alex have turned off Halo 3 and are watching MTV News.

MTV NEWS ANCHOR:

"...the band's label, Atlantic Records, announced yesterday that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones have agreed to reunite for next month's Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert at London's O2 Arena, with late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's son Jason on drums. The show's promoters say more than 20 million people have since tried to register for the ticket lottery, causing their Web site to crash several times."

Roth and Eddie look at each other. Each slowly breaks into a broad grin.

ROTH:

What the hell? Let's do this!

FADE OUT

chris.gray@houstonpress.com

VAN HALEN SET LIST

At press time, around 200 tickets for Monday’s Van Halen show were still available at the Toyota Center box office, selected Houston area Randalls stores or online at www.houstontoyotacenter.com. Below is the band’s December 28 set list from the MGM Grand. — C.G.

"You Really Got Me"

"I'm the One"

"Runnin' With the Devil"

"Romeo Delight"

"Somebody Get Me a Doctor"

"Beautiful Girls"

"Dance the Night Away"

"Atomic Punk"

"Everybody Wants Some"

"So This is Love?"

"Mean Street"

"Pretty Woman"

"Unchained"

"I'll Wait"

"And the Cradle Will Rock"

"Hot for Teacher"

"Little Dreamer"

"Little Guitars"

"Jamie's Cryin'"

"Ice Cream Man"

"Panama"

Medley: "Women in Love,"

"­Cathedral," "Eruption"

"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"

Encore:

"1984"

"Jump"

 
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