Van Halen Announces 2012 Tour

If insider quotes and rumors are true, we may even be hearing some new material in the near future as well...

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

We've been hearing about the worst kept secret in the biz for what feels like years now, and now we've got ironclad confirmation that Van Halen will take the stage in 2012 for a widespread tour. 

After signing with Interscope last month, rumors ran rampant that a tour and even a new album were in the works, and the Grammy "surprise" announcement debacle only confirmed the inevitable. And while no tour dates or stops have been officially announced just yet, the tour trailer/teaser below indicates that initial dates will go on sale 1/10. 

This is Van Halen’s first tour since a stint in 2007-2008, when a comeback tour was cancelled midway due to guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s drinking problems.

The band signed to Interscope Records in November 2011. A great deal of rumors and speculation have been accumulated into a theory that there's actually a new album in the works if not already completed. The band's vast discography was a cornerstone piece of the soundtrack to the 1980s, and after a go-round with various other lead singers, the band reunited and toured with great financial success in 2007-2008 — following its March 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — with Wolfgang replacing original bassist Michael Anthony.

The band’s tumultuous 40-year history has been a roller coaster of drama, with Roth quitting the group in 1985 after six albums with the band, and Sammy Hagar replacing him until 1996. In September of the same year, the four original members of Van Halen made their first public appearance together since their infamous break-up, presenting an award. A half-minute deafening standing ovation later, the reunion soured bitterly, with David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen nearly coming to blows.