The passing of Eddie Van Halen has led to speculation as to whether the guitarist left any unreleased music in the Van Halen vaults. The band’s manager, Irving Azoff, said Van Halen’s family members will look through his home-studio vaults for unheard material that might be suitable for future release.
“Wolf and Alex (Eddie’s son and brother, respectively) will go up to 5150, the studio in Ed’s house. I can’t predict that for sure there will be anything new, but for sure they’re going to look at it,” Azoff said via press release.
Built in 1983, 5150 Studio was Eddie’s personal home base – a place for him to gather and create his song ideas. At one point in the 1990s, all of the recordings housed in the vault were lost due to a hard drive malfunction, and at the time, Van Halen explained that he was reluctant to go through the process again because “the only person that can do that is me, because nobody knows what I like.”
Due to the uncertainty as to what is actually housed in the vaults, Azoff admitted that while there was “a lot of recording” done at the studio over the years, it was far too early to speculate if anything worthwhile might be found. He was clear however, about the future of another of Eddie’s endeavors: EVH Gear. “Wolf and Matt Bruck [Eddie’s long-tenured guitar tech] will run it, and that’s going to continue.”
Eddie Van Halen died last week at age 65 after battling cancer for years.