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Van Halen to tour this summer -- The band has apparently reunited with Sammy Hagar for the first time since 1996

Van Halen | JUMP BACK The band (in 1993) will reunite with Hagar (at right)
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JUMP BACK The band (in 1993) will reunite with Hagar (at right)

Sorry, David Lee Roth (and, um, Gary Cherone): Van Halen is reuniting with singer No. 2, Sammy Hagar, who parted ways with the band eight years ago. The band confirmed Friday on their official website that tour this summer. The outing will kick off June 11 in Greensboro, N.C., and end Aug. 19 in Los Angeles. Hagar also told Howard Stern Friday morning that he's recorded some new tracks with the band for a new greatest hits compilation, according to MTV News.

After Hagar (who joined in 1985) left the band, Van Halen briefly reunited with Roth, their original lead singer, and recorded two tracks with him for a previous greatest hits album. That reunion quickly evaporated, and the band recruited former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone for 1998's ''Van Halen III'' -- a critical and commercial disaster. Cherone soon left, leaving the band in limbo, even as guitarist Eddie Van Halen sought (successful) cancer treatments.

Beginning with 1986's ''5150,'' Hagar recorded four successful studio albums with Van Halen, replacing David Lee Roth's bravado and charisma with more consistent vocals and radio-friendly songwriting. His hits with the band included ''Why Can't This Be Love,'' ''Right Now,'' and ''Finish What Ya Started.'' But fans never stopped calling his version of the group ''Van Hagar.''

Roth, meanwhile, isn't staying entirely idle. The still long-tressed singer will pop up on this Sunday's episode of ''The Sopranos,'' playing a card game with Tony (James Gandolfini) and Silvio (Steven Van Zandt), according to the Associated Press. Roth told Rolling Stone: ''You know 20 years ago, Tony Soprano was driving around Jersey in his Iroc-Z just blasting the Van Halen.'' But will Tony check out the tour?

Van Halen will play the following dates, with tickets on sale beginning April 3:

 

June 11: Greensboro, N.C.
June 13: Hershey, Penn.
June 16: Philadelphia
June 19: Worcester, Mass.
June 22: East Rutherford, N.J.
June 25: Hartford
June 26: Albany
June 28: Washington, D.C.
July 1: Pittsburgh
July 2: Cleveland
July 3: Toronto
July 6: Columbus, Ohio
July 7: Indianapolis
July 10: Detroit
July 11: Auburn Hills, Mich.
July 19: Chicago
July 22: St. Paul, Minn.
July 26: Kansas City, Mo.
July 28: St. Louis
July 31: Omaha
Aug. 1: Denver
Aug. 5: Phoenix
Aug. 10: San Jose, Calif.
Aug. 11: Sacramento, Calif.
Aug. 13: Oakland, Calif.
Aug. 14: Fresno, Calif.
Aug.19: Los Angeles

Originally posted Mar 24, 2004
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