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The still-untitled album will be Van Halen's first original recording since 1998's 'Van Halen III,' which was recorded with Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone at the helm. David Lee Roth, meanwhile, hasn't appeared on a new Van Halen record since '1984,' and his dispute with Eddie Van Halen still stands as one of the most legendary riffs in music history. In recent years, though, Roth and his bandmates seem to have mended their fences, as the lead singer rejoined the group for a hugely successful North American tour in 2008. Now it appears that the band is finally ready to get back in the studio, and recreate some of the magic that launched them to international fame so many years ago.
According to a recent statement released by Van Halen's label, Warner/Chappell, "The band is currently in the studio recording an album with Roth that is due for release in 2011." According to Spinner, the group will also renew their record contract with Warner/Chappell, and may even hit the road following the release of their album. And as Billboard reports, Live Nation Promotions Executive and Van Halen manager Irving Azoff mentioned the group's 2011 tour during a recent conference on concert earnings, held on Aug. 5. Former Triumph frontman Rik Emmett also hinted about a new Van Halen tour during a July interview with Gibson.
At this point, it's still unclear what artistic direction the band is taking with their new album, and we'll still have to wait for more details about the album's release date or track list. But with so many Van Halen fans starved for new material, it certainly won't be difficult to get excited about a new album from one of rock's all-time great bands.