Although its upcoming tour will focus on the oldies, Van Halen apparently doesn't plan to rest on its laurels.
Guitarist Eddie Van Halen tells the Washington Times that "after this touring cycle, we will probably hunker down and do a studio record. We certainly have enough material. It's is a matter of timing and getting everybody together. That's the only way it can be done."
That sentiment was seconded by his son and VH bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, who told us that, "There's plenty of other ideas lying around and some new stuff that we've been working on, too. You never know what'll happen."
Eddie Van Halen did, however, acknowledge that new material can be an uphill climb, noting that, "You go onstage and play those new songs, and the audience looks at you like, 'What's this?' They really want to hear the classics."
Van Halen's last studio album, A Different Kind of Truth, came out in 2012 and featured several songs that came from the group's original demos during the mid- and late-70s. Eddie Van Halen has said that the group considered releasing either a demo package or a live recording of its mid-70s club days before ultimately deciding to release the new Tokyo Dome Live in Concert from a 2013 concert in Japan.
Van Halen kicks off its next tour in July 5 in Seattle.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.