Van Halen Announce World Tour, Album And Single

The classic rock act returned with a bang last night at an exclusive show where they revealed their plans for 2012. Read the full scoop here.

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Van Halen revealed details of their forthcoming world tour, new album and single at an intimate gig in New York last night.

The single "Tattoo" is available for pre-order and will be released on Tuesday January 10. The album "A Different Kind Of Truth", will be available from February 7.

The tour will kick off in Louisville, Kentucky on February 18. 45 dates have been booked so far, which you can see below.

The band made the announcement during a show at the 250-capacity Cafe Wha? in New York, where the classic rock act debuted one new song, "She's The Woman". It was their first show since reuniting with singer David Lee Roth for a tour in 2007/08.

According to Henne Music, the song was written more than 30 years ago for a demo produced by Gene Simmons in 1976. Riffs from the original version later made it to the song "Mean Street" from the 1981 "Fair Warning" album.

Van Halen setlist at Caf Wha? in New York, January 5 2012:

01. You Really Got Me 02. Runnin' With The Devil 03. Somebody Get Me A Doctor 04. She's The Woman 05. Everybody Wants Some 05. Dance The Night Away 06. Hot For Teacher 07. Ice Cream Man 08. Ain't Talkin' Bout Love 09. Jump

Encore: 01. Van Halen She's The Woman

Van Halen 2012 North American tour:

02/18 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center 02/20 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills 02/22 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse 02/24 - Chicago, IL - United Center 02/28 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena 03/01 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena 03/03 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 03/05 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center 03/09 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center 03/11 - Boston, MA - TD Garden 03/15 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 03/17 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 03/21 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place 03/24 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 03/28 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 03/30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 04/01 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena 04/10 - Sunrise, FL - Bank Atlantic Center 04/12 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum 04/14 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center 04/16 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena 04/19 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena 04/21 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex 04/25 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena 04/27 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 05/01 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 05/05 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome 05/07 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena 05/09 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome 05/11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place 05/17 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre 05/19 - Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center 05/22 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center 05/24 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 05/27 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena 06/01 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center 06/03 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena 06/05 - San Jose, CA HP - Pavilion At San Jose 06/12 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center 06/14 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena 06/16 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center 06/20 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 06/22 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center 06/24 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center 06/26 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena

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    GrungeHippie26 wrote: I understand them picking David or Sammy, but putting in Wolfgang for Michael Anthony? Wtf Eddie, get your priorites straight...
    Wolfgang has been in Van Halen for a while now...
    Why is david wearing overalls? I expected something flamboyant.... Like a sailor suit complete with a captains hat.... Or the skin of a black bear
    yum center? **** yes, that's the first time a good show kicks off in louisville, i'm only a half hour from that place, i might buy tickets. and she's the woman? Sammy Hagar was actually right, there was an article on here of him saying that the new songs weren't actually new. Just demos from the 70's with Gene Simmons. still that kicks ****ing ass because those songs although just demos were awesome as hell
    I think they are smart for re-working old songs that were unreleased or never properly finished and passing them off as new. Everybody knows that 98% of bands that have been around a long time, and are past their prime usually put out mediocre albums when they are further along in their career and life. They realize that most likely if they wrote completely new songs that they may be decent, but not anywhere near the greatness of their first few albums with Roth. I don't blame them and look forward to hearing the album. "She's the Woman" sounds pretty damn good for being low quality and live.
    zn-1 wrote: If "Tattoo" is available on 1/10, then why does Amazon say 1/14?
    Never mind. Stupid question.
    I understand them picking David or Sammy, but putting in Wolfgang for Michael Anthony? Wtf Eddie, get your priorites straight...
    Sounds like they're still using Michael Anthonys pre-recorded backing vocals
    If "Tattoo" is available on 1/10, then why does Amazon say 1/14?
    I'm going to one of the two madison square garden shows, hope its not to expensive