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12th November 2011

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The Van Halen News Desk (VHND) are reporting that the band have recently signed with Interscope Records and not Columbia Records as rumours suggested.

Van Halen already have an album in the bag — the band's first in 27 years to feature original singer David Lee Roth — which will be in stores in early 2012. The release date is set in stone and is top secret, but will be announced very soon.

The album was produced by Ross Hogarth.

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Meanwhile, the band are expected to appear at the November 30th Grammy Nominations Concert at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater to announce that they will perform at the actual Grammy Awards in February. In fact, the Grammys are hinting strongly that Van Halen will make their announcement at that event. Fans will be able to watch the announcement live on CBS.

Meanwhile... Sammy Hagar, currently wrapping up a short tour with Chickenfoot, told Rolling Stone that he doesn't expect to be part of the Van Halen reunion for the Grammy nomination concert.

"If Van Halen play, it will be Dave, Eddie, Alex, and Wolfie, his kid. It wouldn't be Mike [Anthony] and I. First of all, we wouldn't be invited and second of all, if we were invited, we probably wouldn't do it. If Eddie is in the same condition he was the last time I saw him, I don't want to step onstage with him."



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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