Van Halen Touring, With Roth Singing

Band ready to rock again after Eddie's stint in rehab
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2011 9:09 AM CST
Van Halen Touring in 2012, With David Lee Roth Singing
David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen perform in Toronto, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)

(Newser) – Van Halen is back: The iconic rock band announced a tour yesterday featuring original members Eddie and Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. (Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, replaced original bassist Michael Anthony in 2007.) The band has had its problems—the Los Angeles Times cites “that whole Gary Cherone nightmare of 1998,” as well as the “best left unmentioned” Sammy Hagar era. A 2007 tour featuring the same mostly-original line-up was well-received, but ended early so Eddie could go to rehab.

A 2006 tour, that one featuring Hagar instead of Roth, was also canceled due to Eddie’s drinking problem, New York notes. This time around, thanks to his stint in rehab, the tour is much more likely to see its way to completion—but “Diamond Dave” did claim to be leaving the band, again, just last month, so refundable tickets are advised. Also last month, Van Halen signed to Interscope Records. No details yet on the band’s upcoming record or tour stops, but tickets will go on sale Jan. 10. (Read more Van Halen stories.)

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