Although rumors have persisted for years about what Van Halen’s next project will be, the band has announced a comprehensive look back with remastered classic albums, and the first-ever live album with David Lee Roth.
THE PRESS RELEASE:
VAN HALEN TO RELEASE DEFINITIVE LIVE ALBUM
TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT
AVAILABLE MARCH 31 ON CD, VINYL AND DIGITAL
Van Halens First Six Albums to be Remastered Directly from the Analog Master Recordings and Set for Release in Spring.
LOS ANGELES Van Halen will release its first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the bands albums with Roth. It will be released as a double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally beginning March 31, 2015.
Van Halen reinvented the sound of hard rock in 1978 with its influential and wildly successful eponymous debut album and then achieved ever greater success six years later with 1984. Both albums would define a generation while selling more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. alone to earn diamond-certification from the RIAA. The band recently went back to the original analog tapes and remastered both of these landmark albums Van Halen and 1984 – which are now also set for release on March 31, 2015 through Warner Bros. Records.
Considered one of the greatest debut albums in rock history, Van Halen took the music world by storm in 1978 with an 11-song manifesto that features some of rock radios most played songs of all time and scorching concert staples like Runnin With The Devil, Aint Talkin Bout Love, Jamies Cryin, the bands signature cover of The Kinks You Really Got Me, and Eddie Van Halens finger-tapping tour de force, Eruption. Six years and five albums later, Van Halen had become one of the biggest bands in the world around the release of 1984, which includes a number of the bands most legendary songs such as the #1 hit, Jump, Panama, and Hot For Teacher.
Mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios, was enlisted for these new versions. In order to produce the original sound the band intended, Bellman cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD; for 180-gram vinyl; and for the digital versions. Newly mastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning are now being cut (for CD, for vinyl, and for digital) for release later in spring.
TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT features an electrifying performance by singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Mixed by award-winning engineer and mixer Bob Clearmountain (Rollings Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Roxy Music, Nine Inch Nails, and many more), and mastered by Chris Bellman, the album features such classic anthems as Dance The Night Away, Beautiful Girls, And The Cradle Will Rock Unchained, and Everybody Wants Some!! as well as blistering versions of Tattoo, Shes The Woman, and China Town from the groups most recent studio album, A Different Kind of Truth.
A deluxe collection featuring Tokyo Dome Live In Concert and the newly remastered Van Halen and 1984 albums, as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging, will also be available March 31.
Tokyo Dome Live In Concert Track List:
Runnin With The Devil
Shes The Woman
Im The One
Everybody Wants Some!!
Somebody Get Me A Doctor
Hear About It Later
(Oh) Pretty Woman
Me & You (Drum Solo)
You Really Got Me
Dance The Night Away
Cradle Will Rock
Hot For Teacher
Women In Love
Ice Cream Man
Eruption (Guitar Solo)
Aint Talkin Bout Love