Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Van Halen: first 2011 concerts announced

Well, well, well….looks like history has repeated itself, as expected.

Despite denials over the past year by the Van Halen camp, the band has announced its first series of live shows for 2011.

And, just as the media reports have said all along, the shows are in Australia.

VH will headline the 2011 edition of Soundwave Revolution, an annual music festival held in major cities around Australia.

Other major acts sharing the bill with VH are Hole, Alice Cooper, Machine Head, Danzig, Bad Religion, Alter Bridge, Versa Emerge, Sisters of Mercy and The Pretty Reckless; beyond that, there’s a ton of other bands involved.

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Soundwave Revolution 2011

Sep 24 – Brisbane
Sep 25 – Sydney
Sep 30 – Melbourne
Oct 01 – Adelaide
Oct 03 - Perth

Full lineup and more details are at the festival’s website here.

Meanwhile, still no update from the band on the status of the current album they’re working on in the studio with producer John Shanks.

In March, That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk tweeted that he heard gossip from a “reliable source” that the “VH album is close to done and will come out this year. Label TBD.” At the same time, the Van Halen News Desk reported that this timing matches up perfectly with what they’ve heard from a trusted source – that the recording process is going great and the band is starting to mix the new tracks.

The recording will be VH’s first with David Lee Roth since 1984 (recorded in ’83), their first new music with Roth since ’96, the first effort with new bassist Wolfgang VH, and their first studio album since 1998’s “Van Halen III” album that was also launched with an Australian tour.

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Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some
2007 final tour rehearsal
Forum – Los Angeles, CA - September 12, 2007

See also:

David Lee Roth fan reunited with lost camera 12 years later
Van Halen mixing new album?
Van Halen: new album due for summer release?
Eddie Van Halen’s guitar enters The Smithsonian
Van Halen tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Michael Anthony looking forward to hearing new Van Halen
Van Halen begin recording new album