As expected, Van Halen will launch a new tour in 2012 that features David Lee Roth on lead vocals.
The Van Halen tour has been in the works for quite some time. Live Nation most recently named Van Halen as one of its planned 2012 tours during the company’s third quarter conference call with shareholders in November.
However, despite the band’s recent confirmation of its plans, little else is known about the tour’s expected reach or duration.
On December 26, Van Halen’s official Web site posted three video montages to announce the tour. No concert dates or cities are given in the videos, although a January 10 onsale date appears in each.
Considering the near term of that onsale, the first wave of concert announcements is expected to arrive within the next week.
Presumably revealing Van Halen’s touring lineup, the montages also show Roth on stage with co-founders and brothers Eddie Van Halen (guitar) and Alex Van Halen (drums), as well as Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen (bass).
In addition to its upcoming tour, Van Halen is also working on a new record that is reportedly scheduled for release sometime in early 2012. The album will be the band’s first new effort since 1998’s “Van Halen III” and Roth’s first recording with the band since the popular 1984 release “1984.”
When Roth left Van Halen in 1985 to pursue a solo career, he was subsequently replaced by Sammy Hagar and then, briefly, by Gary Cherone. Wolfgang Van Halen replaced longtime bassist Michael Anthony, now performing with Hagar in the band Chickenfoot, prior to the 2007-2008 tour.