April 1, 2011 (Los Angeles) – A planned 20th anniversary tour to commemorate Van Halen’s 1991 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album was scuttled earlier this year after a key band member dropped out of negotiations, according to an insider familiar with the situation.
The source tells I Heart Guitar that Eddie Van Halen was hoping to mount the tour with all key album contributors reinstated, but that the cordless drill that kicked off album opener ‘Poundcake’ was unable to settle on contract terms and remuneration.
The drill found its way into ‘Poundcake’s intro and solo section after Van Halen noticed that the sound of its motor was being transmitted to his amplifier when he placed it close to his guitar’s pickups.
“It all came down to money and creative control – you know the drill,” the source said, adding that the power tool requested its own luxury tour bus, a nightly bowl of lug nuts with the hexagonal ones taken out, and a 15-minute unaccompanied solo spot in between “Pleasure Dome” and “The Dream Is Over.” The drill also requested to be an equal partner in all past and future earnings of the group.
Although the drill was featured prominently on the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour, it was replaced on subsequent tours by a lookalike. The source revealed that this drill was the son of Alex Van Halen’s cordless drill. “Eddie thought nobody would really hear any difference, but the die-hards just couldn’t accept another drill. They wanted the one that had been there at the beginning,” the source said.
Bass player Mike Anthony refused to participate in the reunion if the drill was not involved. Vocalist Sammy Hagar reportedly said “If Mike’s out, I’m out.”
The drill was last seen auditioning for Mr. Big.