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Van Halen to tour with Roth in 2012

Van Halen has unveiled plans for a tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth returning to the stage, Reuters reports.

In a video posted on the band's website, Eddie Van Halen, with his son Wolfgang and brother Alex, play the hit "Panama" while Roth runs around on stage. Underneath reads "Van Halen On Tour 2012" with tickets going on sale Jan. 10.

No other details were announced, but the video confirms music industry buzz that the band is together again with Roth.

An album is said to be in the works, too, after Van Halen signed a record deal in November.

A separate posting on the Van Halen News Desk website said the video was shot at the Roxy Theatre along Los Angeles' Sunset Strip while the band performed "a brand-new song."

The news site speculated about a possible February release date for a new song or album, and said the record was produced by Ross Hogarth. It is the band's first full album with Roth since the album "1984," which was released in January 1984.

Van Halen's relationship with Roth has been a stormy one through the years. Roth left the band in a bitter breakup in 1985, only to rejoin for a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996, then quickly depart in another bitter split. He returned to Van Halen for a tour in 2007-08.


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