The web site of The Roxy Theatre, a famous nightclub on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, has been updated with the following message:
“For the past 2 months VAN HALEN has been rehearsing here 2-3 times a week!!!!!!
“Do you have any idea how hard that was to not tell you?? When you come in at 10:00 a.m. and David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen are on stage with three other people in the room playing ‘Running With The Devil’ and you can’t say anything?! It’s tough, to put it simply.
“It all began with a three-day video shoot for their newest single that you don’t know about yet (shhh) and we were all geeking out like never before. Little did we know, the guys had fallen in love with the room and decided to rehearse for their upcoming unannounced tour for the next two months!
“We couldn’t film it for obvious reasons, so we’ve decided to share some of our favorite VAN HALEN moments that happened for the next two months.”
“My favorite VAN HALEN moment was when I came out of the kitchen and they were doing ‘Panama’. I was one of the only people standing in the room by the stage. David Lee Roth looked at me, smiled, and waved. I thought to myself that is the only time in life I will know David Lee Roth was actually singing to me.” – @LizzyDStadler
“It was so nice being at my desk listening to ‘Jump’ and ‘Panama’, the songs I grew up with by the actual VAN HALEN. I mean, really — it’s the actually f**king VAN HALEN!” – Tina
“Watching David Lee Roth film the opening part of this video was one of the most awesome things. He was standing there smiling with a gigantic grin on his face for at least five minutes and HeKo and I were standing off to the side trying not to laugh (or get in the shot), but it was incredible. The week they finally brough in the synthesizers and played the opening to ‘Jump’ over and over made it really difficult to not jump out of my seat accordingly with the song. JUMP!” – @toneyeah
“What was my favorite part about it? Everything. I know it sounds stupid, but I can’t put it any other way. To walk through the club and have Eddie Van Halen smile at me or pat me on the back, the guys were so nice, it was unbelievable. In my nine years at the club, this is by far one of the best things that’s happened.” – Scotty
“The positive energy VAN HALEN brought to the daytime was fantastic. During the day, it’s always so quiet and work, work, work and even when a band does rehearse, it’s always so serious. VAN HALEN was having fun the entire time and we could feel it throughout the building.” @Heko310
“I just loved the first time they played ‘Running With The Devil’ It sounded exactly like it did when I was working box office at The Whisky.” – Kathy
Days after VAN HALEN confirmed that it will head out on a world tour in 2012, the Van Halen News Desk has posted more information regarding the tour and the band’s first new studio album since 1998. Next Tuesday (January 3), the dates and venues for the tour will be unveiled, with tickets going on sale January 10. January 10 will also see the arrival of the first single and music video from the long-awaited album, which itself is set for release on February 7.
Although the rumored title of the record was “The Future”, this is apparently not the case. The band has posted an image of a train, the VAN HALEN logo and the release date online, but the record’s actual name remains a secret for now. The set will be the group’s first all-new collection since “Van Halen 3” was issued 13 years ago, and its first with original singer David Lee Roth since 1984’s “1984”.
VAN HALEN posted a video trailer online earlier this week announcing the tour. The two-minute clip was shot on November 14 at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California during the shoot for the upcoming new music video.
VAN HALEN reunited with Roth in 2007 for a successful year-long world tour, minus founding bassist Michael Anthony, who was replaced by guitarist Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang.