Remember the old Peter Allen song, “Everything Old Is New Again”? Fortunately for classic rock fans, it seems like 2012 is shaping up to be the kind of year that lives up to that exact sentiment. Last week, Black Sabbath announced that they were putting aside 30+ years worth of beef to reunite for a new album and world tour, and today brings word that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen have signed a brand new deal with Interscope Records. (After weeks worth of reunion rumors, Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter scored the exclusive.)
The first question you’re probably asking is “Who’s going to be the lead singer?” Van Hagar fans, you can stop reading now, for we’ve got some bad news: It appears that Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth have buried the proverbial hatchet and are ready to once again make music together. The two famously split twenty-five-plus years ago after ego clashes occurred in the wake of the massive worldwide success of 1984, and a brief reunion in 1996 also ended in acrimony. That said, the band—minus original bassist Michael Anthony—appeared to be all smiles in the reunion photo you see above, and the band is reportedly set to make a “special announcement” on November 30 at the Grammy Awards nominations concert in L.A. We’ll have more details for you as soon as they become available, but in the interim, we hope that Diamond Dave starts limbering up now and practicing his patented karate kicks.