Here’s a quick update on the latest news about the upcoming Van Halen album and tour.
1) AUSTRALIAN SHOWS, ALBUM, TOUR: MelodicRock has this update today:
A Van Halen and Soundwave Revolution Festival update for you. I’m hearing from one of my sources connected to the band that Van Halen did NOT pull out of the Soundwave Festival and had things gone ahead as planned, the band was 100% ready to appear as publicised. I have no reason to doubt this info, but I will state that I find it puzzling and somewhat disappointing there is no “official” word or statement from the band.
I am also told that there are now no plans for Van Halen to tour Australia. That’s 2011/2012 folks….no plans at all. 13 years since their first tour and now nothing. I’m hearing that the US tour remains in planning to commence in November and the studio album is due by that time.
I also hear that the band are looking for European Festival appearances for summer 2012, not necessarily any standalone dates for that region.
2) ALL IS GOOD: We hear that all is good and that everyone in the band is doing great and that they are still working on mixing the album and planning the tour.
3) ROTH: The “Get Ready” message is back on DavidLeeRoth.com.
Rob: Wow. From what I read it sounds like old school Van Halen.
Mark Tremonti: Yeah, it does. I haven’t heard a single vocal on it yet,
but it definitely had the juice, it was great.
Rob: Was it like Van Halen 1, Van Halen 2, Fair Warning era?
Mark Tremonti: I think it was a mixture of it all. It wasn’t all edgy and
dark like Fair Warning; it was a mixture, somewhere in the middle.
(VHND notes: Tremonti heard the band playing live in the studio. Roth’s vocals HAVE been recorded.)
5) VALERIE’S COMMENT: Just to show how little info is getting leaked out of the Van Halen camp these days, the following little request came from none other than Eddie Van Halen ‘s ex and Wolfgang’s mom, Valerie Bertinelli. Last week Valerie tweeted, “Who do I have to give birth to to get a copy of the new Van Halen record!?”