Can I take this as legitimate signs that we will finally see a new Van Halen record of new material in a few months? After hints, allegations and whole lotts BS going on with the position of lead singer – David’s in, he’s out, Sammy’s back in, he’s out and here comes David back again – a new VH album looks about ready to come out. The initial reports came out in Nov 2008 that daddy & guitarist extraordinaire Eddie Van Halen wanted to wait until son & bass player Wolfgang graduated from high school. Then in 2009 Eddie underwent a surgery on his left hand, which had followed treatment for arthritis.
Apparently the band, rounded out by Alex Van Halen on drums and David Lee Roth on vocals, entered the studios this January to record their first album of new material since 1998’s Van Halen 3 came out! Over 13 years ago! It will also be the first Van Halen album to feature Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, on the bass in place of Michael Anthony. This will also be the first album to feature David Lee Roth on vocals in 27 years, and the first new material with Roth in 15 years, since the two new songs with Roth on the Best of Volume I. Some musician friends of Eddie’s have claimed to have heard the new material played by the band. On September 5, 2011, the Van Halen News Desk reported that mixing on the new album was completed in mid-August, and production had progressed to the mastering stage.
Finally after a report came out that the band would sign with Sony’s Columbia Records, on November 14, Interscope Records signed a deal with the band. So that means ideally we could see the new album by February atleast. I hope so as does their legion of fans.