VAN HALEN: ‘Al Yells Out The Chords’

A short audio clip of VAN HALEN members Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth reminiscing about the “old days” can be streamed below.

VAN HALEN will play its first live show since 2008 this Thursday night (January 5) at the tiny Cafe Wha? nightclub in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, according to Rolling Stone. The show at the 250-person venue will be the band’s first since it ended its hugely successful 2007/2008 reunion trek with original singer David Lee Roth. The gig will also likely serve to officially kick off the promotional campaign for the new VAN HALEN album, which is widely believed to be arriving on February 7.

Sources said that the group will perform a 45-minute set on Thursday night, although it is not known whether they will debut any new material.

The band has been rehearsing at the Roxy nightclub in Los Angeles for the past two months to prepare for an upcoming world tour, releasing video footage shot at the club over the holidays.

The tour is now scheduled to begin in February in Louisville, Kentucky, with complete dates and venues yet to be announced. Tickets for the jaunt will go on sale January 10, when the album’s first single, reported by the Van Halen News Desk to be called “Tattoo”, is also expected to drop.

An image featuring a train and the VAN HALEN logo, along with the February 7 date, was posted online and then flashed on the Times Square electronic billboard on New Year’s Eve (December 31). There is speculation that the image could be the album’s cover art.

The set will be the group’s first all-new collection since “Van Halen 3” was issued 13 years ago, and its first with Roth since 1984.