Van Halen Recording New Album and Planning 2011 Tour

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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.

18 Comments

  1. Lisa August 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Eddie is an ass . Daves EGO is way big . Alex is Eddies puppet . And last but not least , Wolfie just doesnt belong . Its nothing but a soap opera with VH . Lame , boring and redundant .

  2. Mike August 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Come on Lisa! You’re doing what Michael Anthony is doing and holding on to the emotional baggage. Who cares if Eddie is an Ass, and if Dave’s ego is way big, as long as they put out some good rock and roll. Would you go see them if they came to El Paso? I know I would, and I wouldn’t be missing Michael Anthony. Let’s give Wolfie a chance.

  3. Mark August 18, 2010 at 8:02 am

    mike, michael anthony doesn’t have emotional baggage. the article clearly states:

    “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.”

    the problem is 100% eddie. lisa is correct.

  4. Pat September 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I believe they are reuiniting for John Lennon. You see he has a lovechild daughter coming. She is going to inherit a fortune of money along with some beatle copyrights. Ono had hid this from her for years. Now Ono got caught. The buzz is in the music anything for the great John Lennon. Even some of these bands are putting their anger aside because they know John Lennon suffered greatly because he couldn’t be allowed to see this daughter then he was murdered. His chances were gone. A real heartbreaker of a story. With the grace of God 2010 could be her date of truth.

  5. Winterke October 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

    i don’t think that we all need to blow up everyting like that.

    ISN’T THE MOST IMPORTANT THE MUSIC ? ? ?

  6. cameron November 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I love Van Halen to death, but they can’t get their shit together. First they get David back, but then they get rid of Michael. For Eddie to replace Michael with somebody who is a year older than me is a disgrace to the Van Halen name. Michael brought life to Van Halen with his thumping, down-home bass lines, and his beautiful background vocals, both of which were missed when they toured in 2007. It’s because of Eddie Michael wasn’t allowd to write anything, or be a better bassist as it was in the contract. As far as I’m concerned, it is NOT Van Halen without the original four, and that includes Michael Anthony. For those of you who say Michael Anthony isn’t important to Van Halen, you can all go to hell.

  7. cameron November 11, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hey Mike, let’s NOT give “Wolfie” a chance.

  8. Terry November 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    They need the original band members back. Wolfie just doesn’t belong and neither does there singer. Let’s all hope for the best!! They were better when they first started

  9. FIXX November 27, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Well I’d hope for the original members, it would be nice.
    I’m guessing Eddie is trying to get Wolfie invovled but should approach it how Gene Simmons did with Nick.
    It’s not like Wolfie isn’t going to have any money NOT playing with them.
    Past articles Eddie said Wolfie is WAAAY better than Michael, don’t know but he just looks outta place.

  10. TJ December 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    i noticed that terry said they need the original band members back, that wolfie doesnt belong and neither does their singer. well Roth is the original singer so what the hell are you talking about.

  11. Steve January 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I’m am sick of these movie stars and rock stars who think just because they have kids they are talented.I play guitar and Eddie is my favorite player but when I saw them in 07 with his son it wasn’t even like the van halen I have seen before.give me a fucking break the kid was just 17.micheal had the backup vocals that can’t be replaced.it will be very interesting when there next album comes out.they need to go back to there roots.ROCK N ROLL no fucking pop shit.BEOTCH

  12. Troy January 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This album will be a huge disappointment. Everyone is expecting it to sound like Old Van Halen, but it’s not going to. I’m sure its going to sound good, but it’s not going to be what the True Fans are wanting to hear. But it will be nice to finally hear some amazing guitar sounds from Eddie. It’s been a long time, way too long.

  13. Cameron February 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Troy, it’s GOT to be better than Van Halen III

  14. Lynn March 1, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Wish we could all go back to 1983!!! Good times VH!!!! It’s all about the R&R…

  15. Darren March 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    The new album will rock hard! Old school style!

  16. cameron March 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    AL RIGHT NEW VAN HALEN COMING SOON, LET’S GET BACK TO THE WAY THINGS WERE WHEN THE GREAT FAIR WARNING CAME OUT, LET’S HAVE THE OLD EDDIE VAN HALEN BACK, THE OLD DIAMOND DAVE, THE OLD ALEX VAN HALEN, AND GET RID OF WOLFGANG, AND GET THAT BAD ASS BASSIST MICHAEL ANTHONY BACK, BECAUSE IT IS NOT VAN HALEN WITHOUT HIM. LET’S GET BACK TO THE BLUES, THE REAL VAN HALEN THE FANS WANT, NO MORE OF THIS EXPERIMENTALISM SHIT WITH 30,000 LEAD SINGERS, LET’S GET THE GREAT VAN HALEN BACK FOR GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Paul March 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Most people don’t know this fact, but Michael Anthony didn’t play on many of the studio albums. Eddie played bass on 90% of the studio recordings. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s the truth.

  18. Sam March 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Eddie van halen is quite an asshole. But he’s a great guitarist. As a fellow guitarist i like and respect him.

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