Several reports are indicating that Van Halen have either signed with Columbia Records or are coming close to sealing a deal with the label. According to the Hollywood Reporter,
no deal has been signed just yet, but the Sony-owned company is "in the
lead" in the race to release the band's first album with original
frontman David Lee Roth since 1984. That record is expected to hit
stores sometime next year.
Van Halen does indeed sign with Columbia, it would be the first time
the band would work with a label other than Warner Bros. Records in 35
years. The group have not release a record of new material since Van Halen III, their only album with vocalist Gary Cherone, came out in March 1998.
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