Triple M Radio in Sydney has reported that Van Halen are currently confirming dates for an Australian tour that will support the band’s new album, which they also say may be out before the end of summer. “Van Halen dates are getting locked in,” music reporter Nui Te Koha announced Wednesday morning (Feb 9) on Triple M Melbourne’s Hot Breakfast. “They’ll be here with David Lee Roth. Van Halen representatives were here with The Eagles during The Eagles tour in December.”(Ed note: Irving Azoff manages both bands) “They’re recording a new album at the moment. Eddie Van Halen says he doesn’t want to do any shows until there is new material. And that new material should be out by August.”

In othe VH news, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently acquired the Van Halen “Frank 2” guitar played and made famous by Eddie Van Halen through a partnership donation with Fender Musical Instruments. The guitar was made back in 2006 as part of a joint venture between Eddie and Fender to produce a limited edition number of guitars for the EVH brand. Known as the “Frankenstein Replica,” or “Frank 2,” it will be part of the museum’s Division of Culture and the Arts, which preserves a large and diverse collection of instruments. “The museum collects objects that are multidimensional, and this guitar reflects innovation, talent and influence,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum. “The guitar moves the museum’s instrument collections into more contemporary history.”