It looks like it won’t be long before we hear new Van Halen music. Besides Van Halen’s headlining the Soundwave Revolution tour this September in Australia, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge/Creed) talking up the incredible sound of the new album when visiting his friend Wolfgang Van Halen at the 5150 studios, the band have also started a facebook page and now David Lee Roth has posted a cryptic message on his site that simply states “Get Ready….”
Here’s a Van Halen rumour round up! courtesy melodicrock.com:
– Eddie Van Halen was apparently prepared to tour again with no new album, reluctant to produce new songs. David Lee Roth and especially Wolfgang Van Halen wanted to record new tracks. Wolfgang Van Halen finally convinced his father that he didn’t want to go out on tour to replace Michael Anthony, with no new material and without David Lee Roth’s input.
– It is suggested that the music was the main thing in EVH’s mind and David Lee Roth was asked only to contribute lyrics.
– Seventeen songs were prepared in demo form. One was an instrumental. Fourteen songs were properly recorded. This includes the instrumental. A couple of tracks are likely to be held over as bonus tracks for various uses. Management are currently negotiating with specialist retailers for a deal to release the album, with these bonus tracks possible to make an appearance if an agreement is reached.
– Because of distributing/promotion matters, the release date of first single is still up in the air, although it will (apparently) ‘definitely’ happen no later than 2nd week of August. The album is expected to be ready to ship in September. [I still say October…].
– Only two tracks feature keyboards of any type. One is the instrumental which briefly features piano. The other features keyboards in the intro, and ‘lightly’ in the chorus.
– Although Wolfgang Van Halen did not write any of the lyrics to the new album, he had a bass solo he was preparing that he titled “Hurricanes”, for which David Lee Roth wrote lyrics with the same working title. It is unclear if this song will be included on the album, but it was recorded in demo-form.
– The album title has not been chosen at this point. Many rumours have surfaced… Two likely working titles may be in the running which are “VH ’11” and “Two Zero One One”. Rumored titles that have not been officially dismissed by band members however are “Mammoth” and “Play”.
This information has surfaced because of proposed artwork for the new album which at this point features a brown circle on a glass table with a silver and red Van Halen logo emblazoned upon it (the circle which looks like an M&M). There is a rumour that the brown circle is supposed to represent both the “Brown Sound” of Van Halen and also the infamous M&M chocolate candy contract rider of years past. The proposed artwork does not show all edges of the circle due to a possible ‘infringement’ with the candy-maker. Rather the outer edges of the circle are ‘cut-off’ by the square-edged artwork. The reverse side of the album jacket features all four members standing by a garden like area shot in a sepia tone. This photo and others were taken in May on the grounds of Edward Van Halen’s studio, 5150. Inner booklet/lyric sheets photos were also shot in and around 5150. [Not sure about this folks…but I guess we’ll know soon enough…]
– Two songs recorded have been selected as singles. One song sounding like an early era Van Halen combination of “Beautiful Girls/Jamie’s Crying”, and the other song sounding more in the vein of “Unchained”/”Drop Dead Legs” (this one features a very lengthy guitar solo by comparison).
– Although no song titles are ‘confirmed’ at this point, some of the ‘working’ song titles were/are: “Hurricanes”, “Stop Talking” (which is one of the possible first two singles), “Down This Road”, and “Who’s Looking Back At You?”. Other titles have been mentioned, only these four keep resurfacing.