Van Halen reunion cancelled; Jesus and Mary Chain reunion still on

As speculated yesterday by MTV, the Van Halen reunion is now "on hold," according to Pollstar. MTV said yesterday that a Sammy/DLR performance for the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is still on. But Metal Hammer quotes the Rocky Mountain News as saying that the Hall performance "may be in jeopardy."

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In better news, the brothers Reid have not yet cancelled the first Jesus and Mary Chain shows in almost a decade. Currently they're down for just three: Coachella and two more in Madrid and Barcelona. You have questions, Jim Reid has answers. From the press release:

1. why are you doing the show now?
"Well, I would say 'why not?' there are many reasons really. Firstly it's taken this long for me and William to get to a point where it would be realistic to do it, and to some degree each of us assumed the other wouldn't be interested, and it was only after we talked about it that we realised this. Also Coachella were very persistent."

2. The last show was in 1998?
"Yes, the last Mary Chain gig was in 1998 and was such a bloody awful mess, too much drink, too many drugs, nobody seeing eye to eye on anything and the band just blew up, and I suppose you could say this is another good reason for our reformation, cause that was no way for the Mary Chain to end."

3. William lives in LA and you live in Devon?
"You can imagine the problems this presents."

4. Who else is in the band?
"On bass it's Phil King, on drums it's Loz Colbert, and on second guitar is Mark Crozer, and of course myself and William."

5. Will there be more shows and an album?
"I really don't know. Maybe. I think we would like to and we're looking at another show or 2."

6. Are William and yourself working on solo albums?
"Yes, both are at the recording stage at the moment, and both will hopefully be out later in the year."

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