More Van Halen Album Rumors Surface
Posted by Chris Harris on December 9, 2010 in New Records, NewsLarry Solters, Van Halen’s rep, has claimed recent reports of Van Halen — with David Lee Roth — working on their first new record since the Clinton administration with producer Ross Hogarth are false and without merit. But maybe these reports about the band working with John Shanks are true.
Blabbermouth cites the Van Halen News Desk as claiming VH have tapped Shanks — who Clive Davis just thinks its the business — to helm the band’s forthcoming studio disc. The site also claims the band will begin working on that effort next month.
Anonymous sources claim Van Halen’s members are “very eager to tour, and that they want to tour behind new material. Eddie Van Halen has been very busy during most of 2010 writing music.”
Hey Larry — can you comment on this story too? What gives? Are we getting new Van Halen in the next year or so or what? The rumor mill needs to know. “Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen often join Eddie in the 5150 studio and the three of them have been hard at work jamming and recording demos. The three Van Halens have been sending the music to David Lee Roth, who’s adding the lyrics.”
According to these sources, “the band is re-exploring Eddie’s extensive library of unreleased songs and riffs, even reaching back to their early unreleased demos for added inspiration. The band is retooling and tweaking some of this mostly-unheard, incredible music, which have completely new lyrics from Roth.”
The reports further allege that Van Halen will record part of the album at Shank’s studio, marking the first time Van Halen will track an LP outside its own studio since it was built in 1983.