The current incarnation of Van Halen is in the studio working on a brand-new album. This album will come within one band member of being an historic release from the original Van Halen. Former bassist Michael Anthony, who was reportedly willing to reunite with the original members back in 2007, was never offered the opportunity and was instead replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang.
Although fans have had the chance to see the new Van Halen live during their previous tour, this will be the first new music that the group will record together.
The last studio album the group released was 1998’s Van Halen III, when Gary Cherone was fronting the band. After 10-plus years, it will surely be interesting to see what emerges from the studio when the new album is complete.
In addition to the release of the new album, which is expected sometime next year, Van Halen may also be planning to go on tour in support of the new album.
The news of the new album was revealed as part of a press release from Warner/Chappell, which announced the extension of their agreement with Eddie and Alex Van Halen and allow the company to continue to “administer their catalog of works.”
2011 should be a big year for Van Halen, and although some fans would have loved to see Michael Anthony re-join the band for a “real” reunion, it just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. It’s a story that seems to play itself out with other classic rock acts as well. Many of them just cannot seem to get over the personal grudges and other emotional baggage of the past that prevents them from teaming up to bring fans an experience that would be as close as possible to a genuine reunion.
Even so, enough demand seems to exist to take Van Halen into the next chapter in their history and continue rocking their fans with David Lee Roth back onboard – something that seemed quite unlikely six or so years ago when Roth was working as an EMT in the rough-and-tumble neighborhoods of New York City. I guess you just never know.