Van Halen Switching Labels?
Another week, another Van Halen rumor. The latest in the long-running VH new album saga is this: the band appear to have left Warner Bros. Records after 35 years and found a new home with Columbia, within the Sony family.
The news comes from Hits Daily Double, although there has been no confirmation from Van Halen or Columbia. Both VHND.com and MelodicRock.com report sources as saying the deal isn’t yet signed but there have been talks between the parties. The closest thing to a public comment from the band has been a “No comment” delivered to MelodicRock.com from their publicist.
For those playing at home, it has been more than 13 years (4,934 days, to be precise, or 704 weeks and 6 days) since Van Halen released an entire album of new material, Van Halen III in 1998. They released two new songs with current vocalist David Lee Roth in 1996 (“Me Wise Magic” and “Can’t Get This Stuff No More”) as well as three with Sammy Hagar in 2004 (“Up For Breakfast,” “It’s About Time” and “Learning to See”).