According to the Van Halen News Desk, VAN HALEN surprised the audience at its concert last night (Monday, March 26) at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennylvania when it played not one, but two songs that hadn't been played yet on the "A Different Kind Of Truth" tour.The classic "Jamie's Cryin'" was played for the first time since the 2007-2008 tour, and the new song '"Blood And Fire" — taken from VAN HALEN's latest CD — also had its debut. (The band had previously only played it during tour rehearsals in Los Angeles). Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below. VAN HALEN's new album, "A Different Kind Of Truth", sold 187,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. "A Different Kind Of Truth" is the band's first full-length offering with original singer David Lee Roth since "1984" was released in January 1984. Roth exited the group in 1985, a year after its "1984" album was released. According to Billboard.com, "1984" spent five weeks at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 — VAN HALEN's highest charting set with Roth. (1996's "Best Of Volume 1" hits album, which included two new songs with Roth, debuted at No. 1 with 233,000 sold in its first week.)
VAN HALEN's other four other No. 1s were their four studio albums with Roth's replacement, Sammy Hagar: "5150" (1986), "OU812" (1988), "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (1991) and "Balance" (1995). VAN HALEN's previous all-new album, 1998's "Van Halen III", debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart and was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies, a disappointment compared to their previous platinum efforts.