VAN HALEN rumors continue: SAMMY HAGAR is back in the band. There is a tour that is almost fully planned and booked that will take place over the coming American summer. Coinciding with the tour, of following it, will be Van Halen’s Best Of: Volume 2, featuring new tracks with vocalist Hagar at the helm. The exact release date is unknown, with various sources suggesting May, August and September. The new tracks were due for completion at the end of February. Various leaks from tour promoters and venues have been surfacing, with more this week. It seems an official announcement is due the week of March 15th. That’s to be confirmed, but Monday, March 15 is the hot date right now. It’s suggested tickets could be on sale by the end of this month. In further news, industry magazine Hits has provided another tidbit of info. It was Hits that announced Irving Azoff would manage Van Halen back in November – the same Sammy’s return was announced. As previously reported, the magazine has added this to their website: “MONSTERS OF ROCK In non-restructuring-related business, Warner Special Markets is said to have negotiated a deal with Van Halen for a new greatest-hits package featuring three new songs. A tour to support the album is also said to be in the works, reportedly to include Sammy Hagar. While still unconfirmed, some close to the action confide that they think the album and tour will happen.
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