Next year with represent the 40th anniversary of the founding of Van Halen, and what better way to celebrate four decades of music than with another tour and a new album?
Such is the case for the four men of Van Halen: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth.
The band last hit the road in 2007, which was the first time the Van Halen brothers had teamed up with Roth since the ill-fated (and extremely short-lived) reunion in 1996. The return of the band’s original singer remains tempered by the absence of bassist Michael Anthony.
The band’s 2012 tour, which was announced via their official website this morning, doesn’t have any specific dates yet, though the first batch of tickets will go on sale on January 10. The year promises to be a busy one, as the band is close to completing a new album, its first since 1998′s Van Halen III (with Extreme singer Gary Cherone on the microphone) and also the first with Roth since 1984 (though Roth did contribute vocals to two new songs on 1996′s Best Of Volume I).