Van Halen Announces Feb 7 New Album 'A Different Kind Of Truth', 2012 World Tour

All hail Diamond Dave!
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Van Halen feat. David Lee Roth 2012 TourHoly Jamaican Bobsled Team, Batman! Van Halen is heading back on tour with David Lee Roth out front and they've recorded a brand new album- the first album to feature Roth on vocals since the 1983 album 1984! It was all announced last night at a brief club show in New York City last night with our beloved hero Diamond Dave dressed like he's been working on the railroad.

This isn't the first time Roth has been back with the brothers Van Halen (and Eddie's kid, Wolfgang) and it's not the first new music with Roth, but there is still something incredibly exciting about this trainwreck waiting to happen. Roth returned to tour with the band a few years back and the shows were good by most accounts.

Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth - Feb. 7, 2012The new album A Different Kind Of Truth will hit stores February 7 preceded by lead single "Tattoo" on January 10. Yes, kids, there's going to be a video, too. Roth sang two songs for Van Halen's first greatest hits package back in the '90s -- "Me Wise Magic" and "Can't Get This Stuff No More" -- but this is the first full-fledged album with Diamond Dave. Not everyone loved those two tunes for the compilation. I did. I still do (you really haven't lived until you've heard me painfully caterwauling "Me Wise Magic"). I have a hard time expecting much from this record but my inner 14-year old wants it to kick ass.

As for the tour, Nashville is on the docket at the end of April. I don't know if I can scrape together the coinage but I might have to sell a soul or something. You just don't understand. I actually loved Dave's (early) solo records. I never got to see him live on his own and certainly not with VH. Can I really miss out on this? I'm pretty sure God wants me to be there. What say you? Is Van Halen coming near you? Will you be there?

Van Halen 2012 Tour Dates:

  • 02/18 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
  • 02/20 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 02/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • 02/24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
  • 02/28 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • 03/01 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • 03/03 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
  • 03/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
  • 03/09 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
  • 03/11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
  • 03/15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
  • 03/17 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
  • 03/21 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
  • 03/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
  • 03/28 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
  • 03/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
  • 04/01 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
  • 04/10 – Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
  • 04/12 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
  • 04/14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
  • 04/16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
  • 04/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
  • 04/21 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
  • 04/25 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
  • 04/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
  • 05/01 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
  • 05/05 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
  • 05/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
  • 05/09 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
  • 05/11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
  • 05/17 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
  • 05/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
  • 05/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
  • 05/24 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
  • 05/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • 06/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
  • 06/03 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
  • 06/05 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
  • 06/12 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
  • 06/14 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
  • 06/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
  • 06/20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airways Center
  • 06/22 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
  • 06/24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
  • 06/26 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena