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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Van Halen Inks Deal With Columbia Records

**UPDATE** September 21st **

According to industry web site Hits Daily Double, Van Halen recently inked a deal with new label Columbia after spending its entire 35-year career at Warner Bros. The band's already completed new studio album - its first in 27 years to feature original singer David Lee Roth - is now expected to arrive early next year.

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, which was scheduled to kick off later this month. 

Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti recently said in an interview that he had gotten an opportunity to hear new Van Halen music through his friendship with Wolfgang Van Halen, saying it sounded like "vintage Van Halen."

Producer Ross Hogarth spoke with about the work he did on the project, saying, "The whole Van Halen record has been recorded and we're all excited. I'm really stoked about it, as it is the original band, Eddie and Alex with Wolf [Eddie's son] playing bass, andDavid Lee Roth singing, it's the killing side of Van Halen at the top of their game again with Diamond Dave, and the band on fire."

Van Halen reunited with Roth in 2007 for a successful year-long reunion tour — minus original bassist Michael Anthony, who now plays with ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar in Chickenfoot.

According to, Van Halen will tour extensively in 2011, taking in North America, likely European dates and even some Australian dates, which local newspaper the Herald Sun stated Sunday that the band "...are very close to confirming an Oz visit next year." The line-up will remain as it was for the 2007 tour - guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and frontman David Lee Roth.

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