VAN HALEN's Upcoming Tour To Feature More ROTH-Era Material

VAN HALEN's upcoming tour will find vocalist Sammy Hagar singing many more songs from the band's David Lee Roth era than he did during his first stint in the band. "I'm really digging 'Jump' right now," Sammy told Billboard.com. "In the old days I never got off on singing that song. I would pull a guy out of the audience to sing it. Now, I want to sing this song better than it has ever been sung. I'm tearing it up!" He also insisted "there's a couple of surprises in [the set], one in particular that is completely oddball."

VAN HALEN will issue their first new material since 1998's "Van Halen III" on the upcoming "Best of Both Worlds" retrospective, due July 20 via Warner Bros. Hagar told Billboard.com that "there were 10 other songs we could have worked on. If there'd been time, we'd love to have done a whole record."

"[Alex and guitarist Eddie Van Halen had been] jamming in the studio for years putting ideas down," he continued. "I'd say, 'that song's great, let's work on that.' But then they'd say, 'listen to this.' It was never-ending. There's so much material that needs to be finished for sure. It became a heavy workload on me as soon as we started getting into it. We had to kind of pick and choose. I took about two hours of stuff home with me and used to work out to it every day. That's really how it got defined." [Read more]

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