Van Halen Recording New Album With David Lee Roth

Hard rock legends Van Halen are hard at work on a new album with original vocalist David Lee Roth, according to a statement made late last week by its music publishers. Various reports also suggest the group will hit the road upon the LP’s completion sometime next year.

“The band is currently in the studio recording an album with Roth that is due for release in 2011,” read an announcement by Warner/Chappel, which announced the Van Halen camp had renewed its longstanding deal. The album with Roth would mark the first time the singer has appeared on a full album of new music with the group since ‘1984’ was released more than a quarter century ago.

Billboard also revealed that Live Nation Promotions Executive Irving Azoff — who serves as the band’s manager — spoke of the 2011 tour during a conference about concert industry earnings on Aug. 5.

Van Halen’s last proper studio album, ‘Van Halen III’ was recorded in 1998 with Extreme frontman Gary Cherone on vocals. The band and Roth put aside their longstanding differences in 2008 for a successful North American tour.

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