Last night, hard rock icons Van Halen performed their classic hits “Panama” (streaming above) and “Runnin’ with The Devil” (streaming below) in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. It was the band’s first U.S. television performance since reuniting with original frontman David Lee Roth in 2007. The second installment of the band’s performance will air tonight at 11:35pm EST|10:35 C on ABC. On April 2, Van Halen are set to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at 3:00pm EST on NBC. The band recently announced a massive summer tour with very special guests the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. The trek kicks off on July 5 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA and wraps up on October 2 at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA. Tickets for the Live Nation tour will go on sale starting April 4 via Ticketmaster.com.
Van Halen are set to release their new live album Tokyo Dome Live In Concert on March 31. The album was recorded on June 21, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan and is the band’s first-ever live effort featuring original vocalist David Lee Roth. The record contains 23 songs spanning all of the band’s seven album with Roth. It is being released on double-disc CD, four-LP 180-gram vinyl, and digitally via Amazon and iTunes. Fans who download the album will also receive Van Halen hits “Panama”, “Runnin’ With The Devil”, “Jump”, and “Hot For Teacher.”
Also being released beginning March 31 are remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984, with remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning due out later this spring. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA. These albums are being released beginning March 31 with pre-orders available now through Amazon and iTunes now. – by Matt Bishop