Van Halen to Begin Work On New Album
David Lee Roth confirms Van Halen will begin work this summer for a follow up to 2012’s ‘A Different Kind of Truth,’ but cautions not to expect a studio effort anytime soon — maybe not for as long as three years.
“We are going to be getting together, not this month, at the end of June to start preparing for some new recording and some new songs,” Roth tells FasterLouder.
Those sessions will precede a return to the road for Van Halen, which has November dates set in Japan. ‘Truth’ saw the group release its first full-length studio effort with Roth as frontman since 1984, but the supporting tour was subsequently derailed because of health issues for Eddie Van Halen.
Even with the guitarist healed up, however, Roth says fans can expect a lengthy gestation period for this promised new material. Quality, he adds, takes time.
“We plan ahead by about two-and-a-half years in advance, which sounds extravagant,” Roth says, “(but) from the time you go, ‘Let’s start to write some songs,’ until all of the machines of production and humanity kick in, things move achingly slow — achingly slow. Especially if you are art-centric, if you want something to last, it’s going to take a long time to put it all together. Quick up is quick down. We know about one-hit-wonders and we know about fast, but it’s about three years, it takes about three years.”