According to the usually reliable unofficial VAN HALEN web site Van Halen News Desk, VAN HALEN has signed a deal with Interscope (not Columbia, as has been rumored). The band’s already completed new studio album — its first in 27 years to feature original singer David Lee Roth— is now expected to arrive early next year.
ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti recently said in an interview that he had gotten an opportunity to hear new VAN HALEN music through his friendship with Wolfgang Van Halen, saying it sounded like “vintage VAN HALEN.”
Producer Ross Hogarth spoke with Ultimate-Guitar.com about the work he did on the project, saying, “The whole VAN HALEN record has been recorded and we’re all excited. I’m really stoked about it, as it is the original band, Eddie and Alex with Wolf [Eddie‘s son] playing bass, and David Lee Roth singing, it’s the killing side of VAN HALEN at the top of their game again with Diamond Dave, and the band on fire.”
VAN HALEN reunited with Roth in 2007 for a successful year-long reunion tour — minus original bassist Michael Anthony, who now plays with ex-VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar in CHICKENFOOT.
Rumor has it that VAN HALEN will appear at the November 30 Grammy Nominations Concert at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater to announce that they will perform at the actual Grammy Awards in February. The buzz around town is that they will also use this opportunity to announce details of their pending album and tour.