Although many consider the possibility of a new Van Halen album as something right out of science fiction, the fan site Van Halen News Desk (VHND.com) reports that a "trusted source" says the band is making smooth headway on an upcoming CD, stating that the process is "going great and the band is starting to mix the new tracks."
According to the site, Van Halen are looking to release the John Shanks-produced disc in the fall, and then will tour US together with Scorpions in support of the record.
None of these claims have been confirmed by anyone in the actual Van Halen organization.
When (and if) the album materializes, it would be the first full-length studio release from the band since 1998's Van Halen III. It would also mark the recorded debut of Eddie Van Halen's son, Wolfgang, who replaced original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony during 2007's "reunion" tour.
According to Blabbermouth.net, Michael Anthony told ABC News Radio, "I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll do." He went on to say that he held no ill will toward his former bandmates for replacing him with Wolfgang.
There are doubters, however, chief among them Sammy Hagar. During a recent interview with MusicRadar, the singer said that didn't see a new Van Halen record happening.
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