Rumor Of New VAN HALEN Single Shot Down

The usually reliable VAN HALEN fan site Van Halen News Desk has shot down as “completely false” a
report from the Boston Herald on Thursday (August 18) that a new VAN
HALEN
single titled “Late Term” could be arriving next Tuesday
(August 23). According to The Pulse Of Radio, the Herald cautioned
that the information came from “a friend of a friend who is tight with someone
in the VAN HALEN camp,” so this was about as far from official news as
one can get.

If the single does emerge, it will be the first music heard
from the band’s new album and first in 27 years with original singer David
Lee Roth
.

The group entered the studio last January to begin
recording, with vague reports indicating that it is either finished or close to
being completed for a fall release.

There has virtually no info from the
VAN HALEN camp about album or tour plans. Rumors have also suggested that
the band pulled out of an Australian festival tour scheduled for late next
month. The trek was officially canceled last week.

One person who doesn’t
think VAN HALEN can get together and continue its comeback is Roth
replacement and former singer Sammy Hagar. “They can’t get it together,”
he said. “You know, they can’t. I was there. I saw it. Eddie [Van
Halen
, guitar], doesn’t matter if he’s clean and sober, like they — even if
he is, too much damage. They’re just too wacky. They’re so out of it. And it
could be cool, time warpy, if they were the original band and everybody was on
the same page.”

 

Producer Ross Hogarth, who has worked on the VAN HALEN album,
spoke briefly about it in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, saying,
“I’m really stoked about it, as it is the original band, Eddie and
Alex [Van Halen, drums] 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 . . . and the band on
fire.”

ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti recently said
in an interview that he had gotten an opportunity to hear the music through his
friendship with Wolfgang Van Halen, saying it sounded like “vintage
VAN HALEN.”

VAN HALEN reunited with Roth in 2007 for
a successful year-long reunion tour — minus original bassist Michael
Anthony
, who now plays with Hagar in CHICKENFOOT.

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