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13th July 2011

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Ross Hogarth, one of the producers of the new Van Halen album, has issued an update on the project's progress. He told Ultimate Classic Rock that the legendary band have finished recording and that they have "just started mixing the album."

"The whole Van Halen record has been recorded and we're all excited," he said. "I'm really stoked about it, as it is the original band, Eddie and Alex with Wolf playing bass, and David Lee Roth singing.

"It's the killing side of Van Halen at the top of their game again with Diamond Dave, and the band on fire," Hogarth said.

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The album does not have a title as yet but the word is that it will be dubbed 'Two Zero One One' (2011) which would be a logical follow-up to the last album with Dave Lee Roth, '1984'. The last full-length from the group came in 1998 with singer number three, Gary Cherone, the critically unacclaimed 'Van Halen 3'.

Last month Creed and Alter Bridge co-founder Mark Tremonti told a television programme in Austria that he had heard the entire album and that it was "incredible." And last week the guitarist spoke again about it to a Colorado radio show.

"It was just me, my buddy Eric, Wolfie and Eddie (Van Halen) in one room, and then Alex (Van Halen) was in the other room behind some plexiglass, and then they played down the entire new album," Tremonti told Ross Ford on 94.3 KILO.

"What makes it so great is that they took what they could from all their old demos back in the 80s and pretty much did what they could to create songs out of old ideas, so it sounds like vintage Van Halen.

"Musically it sounds in the (early '80s) era," he said. "I didn't hear any vocals — David was not there. It was just the three of them and the music sounded like very authentic, old-school Van Halen. It was just a crazy experience to sit there and watch. Eddie was four feet from me, and Wolfie was on the other side. The guys were very excited to be doing what they're doing."

Melodicrock has reported that a trusted source inside the VH camp has advised that tour plans are being locked in for a sizable world tour starting with the below Australian shows in September before re-launching in the US in November.

Word is the VH 2011/2012 tour will commence in November and the source told Melodicrock that it's likely the band will stay on the road through summer 2012 with the tour taking in Asia, South America and Europe. Watch for the band to possibly headline some 2012 European festivals.

The source also said that a single might appear as early as next month. Leaks are inevitable and we'll bring them to you as soon as we have them.

Van Halen - Soundwave Revolution 2011:

09/24 – Brisbane
09/25 – Sydney
09/30 – Melbourne
10/01 – Adelaide
10/03 - Perth



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

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We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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