||VAN HALEN TO PLAY INTIMATE NEW YORK GIG ON THURSDAY PLUS MORE DETAILS ON 2012 PLANS
4th January 2012
According to the Van Halen News Desk web site, the band's new single will be titled 'Tattoo' and it will premiere on January 10th.
The band's much-anticipated new album, the first with original singer David Lee Roth in 28 years, will be released on February 7th and the upcoming tour will kick off next month in Louisville, Kentucky, with tickets set to go on sale on January 10th.
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Meanwhile journalists across New York have been invited to a Van Halen concert at the Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village this Thursday. Word is the band are going to perform a 45-minute set.
The group haven't played in public since the end of their 2007/08 reunion tour with David Lee Roth, although they have been rehearsing for their upcoming world tour at the Roxy in Los Angeles for the past few months.
The 250-seat Cafe Wha? may seem like an unlikely place for Van Halen to launch their new era, but the club has an important family connection to David Lee Roth. His uncle Manny Roth owned and operated the venue, providing a stage to then-up-and-coming acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Bill Cosby, Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor and many others.
Van Halen recently put up a giant billboard in Times Square and with the train image seen above and teaser footage showing the band rehearsing at the Roxy. They have also given the fansite VHLinks two exclusive videos of the band reminiscing about Eddie Van Halen's old Volvo and judging wet T-shirt contests back in the Seventies.
The site also says that a "trusted source" tells them the band has been "busy booking rehearsal space and hotel rooms for the band and their crew for [this] week in NYC."