After news broke of Eddie Trunk reporting additional rumors that Michael Anthony is returning to Van Halen after David Lee Roth recently hinted at 2019 stadium concerts including a Yankee Stadium show, a Facebook event page has popped up and is getting a lot of traction, claiming the original Van Halen will play at Yankee Stadium on June 5, 2019.
While based on David Lee Roth’s comments a Yankee Stadium show seemed likely, this is definitely a prank, as it says the show is being promoted by Vandelay Industries, a fictional company that George Costanza claims to have been interviewed for as a latex salesman in when applying for an extension at the unemployment office in the Seinfeld episode, “The Boyfriend, Part 1”. Touche, troll.
The VHLinks forum members are criticizing Eddie Trunk’s credibility as a reporter, but one member did claim to have a source back up the rumors.
Al Van Bundy posted, “I’m not one to throw fuel on the fire, but here we go.
To avoid getting anyone in trouble, I won’t name any names & will use general terminologies only.
I have a good friend who may or may not be in the music business.
Here’s a bit of our convo from about a week ago.
Him: Did you hear about VH’s plans for 2019?
Me: All I’ve heard is the rumors. Yankee Stadium gig, maybe a tour. Whatever, I’m not holding my breath.
Him: Well….let’s just say the rumors may or may not be true & the lineup will be more “essential” than the last few tours.
Me: Oh, so like a big co-headlining tour like Journey & Def Leppard did this year?
Him: Nope….just more “essential” in VH land.
Him: Maybe. Maybe not. (wink)
Of course, until it happens, I’m taking it with a grain of salt & it’s just another rumor tacked on the rumor bulletin board. But for what it’s worth, I’ve known my buddy for over a decade now & he has never bullshitted me in the past (when I knew about Judas Priest’s Firepower album & tour 3 months before anyone else did, it was because of him) & has absolutely no reason to bullshit about this. But for now, stay tuned to the hoping & wishing avenues.”