Van Halen announces 2012 tour in video message featuring David Lee Roth
Get ready to "Jump" again.
The rock band Van Halen plans to tour in 2012. The group made the announcement on Monday, December 26, via three black and white videos posted on its website, which also show guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his son Wolfgang, the band's bassist, and Van Halen's brother and longtime drummer Alex performing on stage along with David Lee Roth, or "Diamond Dave," Van Halen's first and most famous lead vocalist.
Tickets go on sale on January 10, says a message in the clip, as studio recordings of the hits "Jump," "Panama" and "Hot For Teacher" play in the background. The songs are featured on the album "1984," which is the last major record Roth made with the band.
In the videos, Roth, ever the showman, wears a flashy jacket, goggles and overalls, waves a giant flag and a stick and showcases his best dance moves that bring to mind Michael Jackson - whose 1983 song "Beat It" features Eddie Van Halen on guitar.
Rumors of a Van Halen reunion began around November after Roth and the Van Halen musicians appeared at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles and posed for photos with executives from Interscope Records, as seen on the website Van Halen News Desk. It was also reported that the group is working on a new record produced by Ross Hogarth that could hit stores as early as February.
Roth, 57, became Van Halen's lead singer after the band formed in the early 1970s. Around 1985, the group broke up and Roth concentrated on a solo career. Sammy Hagar replaced him and helped the band score hits such as "Dreams" and "Why Can't This Be Love."
Hagar left the group in 1996. That year, the Van Halen brothers reunited with Roth on stage at the MTV Movie Awards. They ultimately parted ways with him again, later introducing Gary Cherone of the group Extreme as the new lead singer of Van Halen. The group never achieved the kind of success it enjoyed in the 1980s.
In 2004, the band reunited with Hagar for a record and a tour. Hagar left again a year later and formed the supergroup Chickenfoot with bassist Michael Anthony. Wolfgang Van Halen then replaced him.
Van Halen reunited with Roth in 2007 and embarked on a tour that ended in June 2008. Several dates were postponed after Eddie Van Halen, 56, entered rehab for unspecified reasons. The guitarist had throughout the years battled several medical ailments. He underwent hip replacement surgery in 1999 and had part of his tongue removed in 2001 to treat a cancerous growth.
Hagar and Roth also toured together in 2002. Hagar has in recent years slammed Roth, saying he is a better singer. He told MTV that Roth is "not a nice guy at all" and is "just an act." He has not commented about the recent Van Halen reunion.