Thursday, August 18, 2011

Van Halen: New single due next week?

There’s all kinds of Van Halen rumors these days, as the band’s status and new album remain top secret stuff inside the walls of VH-land.

With their headlining shows at Australia’s Soundwave Revolution this fall scuttled because the festival itself was cancelled by promoters, one of the latest rumors suggests VH have been approached by a pair of Aussie promoters to try and get some dates down under confirmed for early 2012.

Beyond live shows, anticipation also grows amongst fans for new music from Van Halen, something that hasn’t existed in 7 years, for starters.

VH’s new album will be the first with original singer David Lee Roth in 27 years, the band’s first album in 13, and their first project with Wolfgang VH on bass, replacing the ousted Michael Anthony, who was too friendly with Sammy Hagar for Eddie VH’s liking. Blood is thicker than…everything, it seems.

As for new music, the Boston Herald reports a rumor generated through distant sources that the first VH single, “Late Term,” is set for release next Tuesday, August 23.

The paper admits the rumor is based on somewhat shaky information, so it’s too early to tell if there’s anything to this but mere speculation.

Since VH themselves never provide comments on things like this, the closest confirmation/denial of anything VH-related seems to be coming through the Van Halen News Desk, who have unofficially taken on the role of VH spokespeople, for some reason.

The VHND quickly shot down the Herald’s rumors Thursday, saying:

“There is a new, widespread rumor that specifically states the release date and song title of what would be the first single from Van Halen’s upcoming album. As with nearly all rumors like this, this rumor is completely FALSE. Stay tuned to for news you can trust…”

Let’s see what happens in the coming days…

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some
Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, MI – June 2, 2008

See also:

Van Halen to tour Australia in 2012?
Van Halen: Soundwave Revolution fest cancelled
Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10 for 2nd week
Van Halen: Ted Templeman talks about how he ended up on ‘Unchained’
Jul 31: Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10
Eddie Van Halen a little nervous about new album
Sammy Hagar says Chickenfoot III is best record he’s ever made
Van Halen: Sevendust drummer raves about new album
Van Halen: World Tour rumored to start in November
Van Halen producer says band is ‘on fire’ with new album
Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen named Top American Rock Bands of All Time by Gibson
Van Halen: New music update
Michael Anthony: Chickenfoot vs. Van Halen
Alter Bridge guitarist hears new Van Halen album
Eddie Van Halen interviewed by Smithsonian magazine
Van Halen mixing new album, says Slash
Eddie Van Halen photo book due in October