Friday, January 21, 2011

Van Halen begin recording new album

Van Halen are in the recording studio this week, beginning work on their new album with producer John Shanks.

Shanks confirmed the news via Twitter late Thursday night: “here we go kids…..vh,” which included a photo of Eddie Van Halen’s amp.

Last week, Shanks tweeted the hint: “going back to cali..good bye london.hello la.time to rock.i still believe!! in the power and thunder.big bass drum and big guitars.just me?”

Reports suggest VH will be working on the record at both Shanks’ Henson studio as well as Eddie’s home studio, 5150.

It is not, as being reported in many circles, the first time the band has worked somewhere other than Eddie’s studio since he built it in 1983: parts of 1995’s “Balance” were recorded at Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver with producer Bruce Fairbairn.

The album will be VH’s first with David Lee Roth since 1984 (recorded in ’83), and their first new music with Roth since ’96.

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – Me Wise Magic (1996)

See also:

VIDEO: new Eddie Van Halen gear introduced at NAMM
hennemusic Hot 10: Van Halen hits #1 for 2nd week in a row
New Eddie Van Halen book due later this year
Eddie Van Halen: new Stealth, Wolfgang guitars unveiled at NAMM
Valerie Bertinelli on why Eddie Van Halen was at her wedding
Eddie Van Halen: limited-edition miniature guitars available