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Van Halen is ready to rock in 2012

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After months of speculation, Van Halen has confirmed it will tour in 2012.

Though not dates have been announced, the group has posted a two-minute video message on its official web site (www.van-halen.com) showing the group members performing the songs "Jump," "Panama" and "Hot For Teacher" while a scrolling legend announced "Van Halen on tour 2012...First tickets on sale January 10." It will be the group's first tour since a 2007-2008 jaunt that grossed $93 million, reunited the group with original frontman David Lee Roth and introduced Wolfgang Van Halen, son of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, on bass in place of co-founder Michael Anthony.

According to the fan site Van Halen News Desk, the video was filmed on November 14 at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles and shows the group actually playing a new song from an album it's been working on with producer Ross Hogarth -- its first studio release since 1998 and its first with Roth since 1984.

The News Desk predicted a February release for the album, but no announcement has been made about that.

Web Site: www.van-halen.com

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