David Lee Roth confirms Van Halen planning album, tour

The band is working on the follow up to 2012’s A Different Kind Of Truth

Van Halen fans won’t have to wait 14 more years to hear new music from the band. Frontman David Lee Roth says he and Eddie Van Halen have begun working on new music and fans can expect to hear it by mid-2015 with a tour to accompany. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that the rocker spoke to VH-1 Classic’s That Metal Show co-host Jim Florentine on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard recently saying the band has begun the early stages of writing music.

“I was up at Edward [Van Halen]‘s house, maybe three days ago – just before I came here to the city – and we’re starting to put music together. Not to give away exactly what the package will be, it’s gonna be about 18 months, I think.”

Roth went on to say that due to logistics, it takes awhile for the band to plan anything.

“We start way, way, way in advance cause we are eminently art-centric, which is a really fancy way of saying we really do generate all the artwork, the graphics, etc. We don’t hire out and have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose…. we start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise – if you buy a t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room. On and on… stage design, lighting rig, putting the show together – it takes about a year and a half, 18 months, because any idea that you have is 85 phone calls.”

Diamond Dave also confirms that the band is writing music, “I write lyrics routinely. It’s a perishable skill. And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They’re up at Ed’s place, routinely.”

Hear the entire interview below.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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