David Lee Roth To Re-Join Van Halen?

Rumours mount following agreement

80s hair metal legends Van Halen could be set for a re-union with original singer David Lee Roth.

Van Halen are an odd little act. Named after the guitar player, the band enjoyed their biggest hit courtesy of the synthesiser riff which propelled ‘Jump’ to worldwide acclaim.

Enjoying the best years of their career with David Lee Roth, the tempestuous singer walked out of Van Halen in the mid 80s never to return. One of metal’s most ferocious splits it seems that both parties could be ready to kiss and make up.

The metal icons recently signed a new deal with Warner Brothers, and as part of the deal new material with David Lee Roth could emerge. American magazine Billboard reports that brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen have confirmed his involvement.

A statement released on August 5th confirmed the news, stating that Van Halen “is currently in the studio recording an album with Roth that is due for release in 2011”.

Previously, fans had speculated about a possible re-union. Eddie Van Halen’s wife spoke to press, denying the rumours but refusing to rule out a change of heart at some point in the future.

As part of the new deal, Van Halen’s original line up would tour sometime next year. The metal icons have been dormant for some time, although they recently signed a deal for a special ‘Guitar Hero: Van Halen’ game.

Set to record new material later this year, the resulting album would be the first by the original line up since the release of ‘1984’. The band previous studio effort contained vocals from Gary Cherone.

Van Halen last performed with David Lee Roth in 2008, with the world tour taking in a total gross of more than $93 million and close to one million in attendance from 74 shows, according to Billboard BoxSource.

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