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Van Halen touring with David Lee Roth
Van Halen are going back on tour with original vocalist David Lee Roth.
The ‘Jump’ rockers posted a video on their official website yesterday (26.12.11) which shows guitarist Eddie Van Halen, brother Alex and son Wolfgang performing, with David running about the stage.
A banner underneath reads: “Van Halen on tour 2012. First tickets available January 10.”
A separate posting on the Van Halen News Desk website said the video was shot at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles while the band performed a “brand new” song.
Excited by the news, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea tweeted: “alright van halen doing a tour with david lee roth …..yeeeeah mutha****as (sic).”
Van Halen have had a tempestuous relationship with David, who originally left in a bitter split in 1985. He rejoined for a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996, but soon left again, although he eventually rejoined for a full tour in 2007.
The band confirmed in January they have been working on a new album, their first since ‘Van Halen III’ in 1998 and their first with David since ‘1984’, released on December 31 1983.
While David is back in the band, it is not a full reunion, as bassist Michael Anthony has been replaced by Wolfgang.
Van Halen were one of the most successful rock bands in the world in the early 80s, with hits including ‘Eruption’ and ‘Aint’ Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’.