11:32 PM CST, January 5, 2012
Van Halen announced its first tour in four years Thursday, including dates Feb. 24 at the United Center and April 1 at the Allstate Arena.
The lead singer will once again be David Lee Roth, the voice of the group’s earliest hits (“Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Jump,” “Panama”) and its 2007 comeback tour. Sammy Hagar had been the band’s singer off and on for nearly two decades beginning in the mid-‘80s, but he was ousted after a 2004 tour.
Cofounders Eddie (guitar) and Alex (drums) Van Halen remain, though bassist Michael Anthony is still on the outs. He was replaced for the 2007 tour by Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, who turns 21 in March.
Perhaps the most tantalizing aspect of the announcement was that horn-fueled funk band Kool & the Gang will open “select dates”; no word yet on whether that will include Chicago. Tickets go on sale Jan. 14.
In addition, the band will release "A Different Kind of Truth" on Feb. 7, its first studio album with Roth on vocals since 1984. A single, "Tatoo," will be released Tuesday.
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