Toto Guitarist Hints At Van Halen Health Issues


Co-founding Toto guitarist Steve Lukather hinted that health issues may be the reason for Van Halen being sidelined, according to Blabbermouth. Over that past few years, there have been persistent rumors that Eddie Van Halen might be battling cancer again. Van Halen, who was treated for tongue cancer from 2000 to 2002, had more cancerous growths on his tongue and throat removed back in 2011.

Lukather -- who remains friendly with everybody in the Van Halen camp -- appeared on The Eddie Trunk Podcast and explained, "I look you right in the eye and say, listen, I've been in contact with Ed. We text all the time. I really can't say much, man. I don't wanna say anything. Everybody wants Van Halen back -- nobody more than me, 'cause I still think they're one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. Eddie changed the planet (with his guitar playing)."

Lukather went on to say about the Van Halen brothers: "(Eddie) and Alex (Van Halen) are sitting there laying back and they're waiting to see what happens next. I think they're on a hiatus. There's been some health issues that they're dealing with and stuff like that. We're older guys now, and to go on the road, and stuff like that, it requires a lot of extra effort in terms of as a human being."

He went on to say, "All I'm gonna say is I don't think there's any drama issues that are keeping them from working right now. I'm not the guy to say anything. I love those brothers so much and we've always had a great relationship. I'm a big fan and also adore them as human beings."

Eddie Van Halen told us a while back that most of Van Halen's music stems from jam sessions with drummer and brother Alex: ["What I do on any record is I basically lock myself up in the studio with my brother, and we jam, and whatever comes out is what we (laughs) use. And a lot of the stuff we, we don't use, 'cause it's not good (laughs). But the good stuff we keep, and we just carry on from there."] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . on from there)