Van Halen's “less is more” PR strategy could be genius. Despite no official confirmation from the band, they once again have fans guessing about what they may be working on these days.
About 4 ½ minutes into the latest episode of The Roth Show (released April 13), David Lee Roth dropped a tantalizing hint on fans: “We've been doing a lot of traveling, working on a great Van Halen project. Can't announce anything – or I'd have to come find you and swear you to secrecy!”
The Van Halen News Desk, which often gets early tips and news about band activity, apparently has no clue either about the mysterious project, although the regular commenters in the VHND forum have been sharing much hope and speculation for new material.
Since last summer, signs point to a new album.
In August, 2013, Roth told interviewer Jim Florentine that the band had started to work on a new album that would be released in about a year and a half – around February, 2015. “I was up at Edward's [Van Halen] house three days ago, and we're starting to put music together. We're writing. I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week, up at Ed's place.”
About a month later, two pictures of the singer were posted on his Facebook page with the captions: “Nothin' but high reps and heavy training for the new Van Halen sessions, hell yeah, nothing but yeah...” and “High reps and heavy lifting in prep for upcoming VH doings, D-Ro bench presses air craft carrier 3 times, breaks record and celebrates by...”
Then in December, Wolfgang Van Halen told “The Pulse of Radio” that the band has plenty of material in the Van Halen vaults. “There's plenty of other ideas lying around and some new stuff that we've been working on, too,” the bass player said. “You never know what'll happen.”
More recently, in February, 2014, Mark Tremonti (Wolfgang's friend and bandmate in Tremonti's solo group) told VH1 Radio Network that the bassist was with Van Halen at that time and that “they're putting together a new album.”
Speaking of new music, Eddie Van Halen has been sponsoring indie alternative artist Jennifer Hope. “Demos of her new songs caught the attention of Eddie Van Halen, who immediately recognized her talent and potential,” according to the VHND. Her new 3-track EP, “X-Tremities,” is available on iTunes and Amazon, as well as CDBaby.com.