New Version of Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With the Devil” Surfaces Online!
UPDATE: The label removed it from YouTube, but one YouTuber covered the alternate version so I’ve included it below!
A previously unheard version of Van Halen’s classic hit“Runnin’ With the Devil,” featuring a different vocal performance by David Lee Roth and a longer guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen, has made its way online.
This new version is from the 1977 sessions for their first album. It appears this version of the song comes from the same YouTube User (Groovefunkel) who previously leaked an unheard version of “Dance the Night Away” in 2017.
The description box of the YouTube video reads
“As a huge Van Halen fan, it gives me great pleasure to share this remix which features an alternate ‘Diamond Dave’ vocal and an extended guitar solo,” YouTuber Groovefunkel Second Helping wrote in the description, adding that the track is “made from the original 24-track session masters.”
“Runnin’ With the Devil” was the band’s second single of their self titled debut album. The album peaked at number 19 on the billboard charts and it has been certified diamond with having sold over 10 million copies.
Singer David Lee Roth hinted last year that the band was “finished” and indicated that health problems could be hampering guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
Dimaond Dave is starting a Las Vegas residency this week and will be opening for Kiss from February to October this year. Listen to the song above.
Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John Working on New Music
Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s manager and wife has revealed that her husband will be working with Elton John on new music this year.
During a segment on Osbourne’s daily talk show “The Talk” where she appears as one of several hosts she discussed what 2020 had in store for Ozzy.
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Asked on her TV show The Talk what the coming year held for Ozzy, Sharon replied,
“A lot of good things. Wellness. And to get back with his band, to get doing what he loves, which is touring and being out there with his fans. And yes, there’s new music, and it’s great. He’s got all his friends playing on it. He’s doing a song with Elton. There’s so much good stuff.”
She didn’t clarify whether the collaboration will show up on Ozzy’s upcoming album Ordinary Man that’s due in February sometime. We do know that Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Chad Smith will appear on the album.
.Ozzy and John’s friendship dates back decades and they worked together in the 2011 animated picture Gnomeo & Juliet, which was produced by John’s production company Rocket Films. The film featured Ozzy voicing the role of Fawn in the film.
In 2019 Ozzy told the Sun how John was there for him during his darkest times as he struggled with many health issues last year saying
“Elton told me to get off the couch and start walking, which was what I needed, as I couldn’t move off it for months,”
“He was right. Elton is a sweetheart. He has phoned me throughout all this. He was at the house the other day with his two boys. They are great kids. They are such a good family. You would be surprised. When you are feeling miserable, you find out who is a friend and who doesn’t give a care.”