Alex Van Halen is, no doubt, excited about the upcoming Van Halen album.
Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen leaked the name of Van Halen’s new album, which would be their first new studio album in since the 1998 Van Halen III and their first in more than a quarter of a century with original frontman David Lee Roth. (The last Roth-era album was 1984, which has sold over 10 million copies).
The name? Encore.
“For years, people have been wanting to hear classic Van Halen,” said Alex, the older brother of guitarist Eddie Van Halen. “With Dave back in the mix, we tried to think of an appropriate name. Encore just seemed right.”
Other names the band considered were 2010 (due to its propensity towards numerical names), Yes, He 812 (a spoof of the Hagar-era album OU812), We’re Back! and Van Halen IV.
Alex added the band will head back into the studio later in the summer once Eddie returns from his honeymoon with Janie Liszewski.
“Ed has literally thousands of tapes of unreleased guitar riffs and songs, so with Dave’s vocals, we expect it shouldn’t take long to get the album made,” Alex added.
The album, of course, will feature Alex’s nephew and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass. It may also feature a bonus track of the guitar riff used in Back to the Future when Marty McFly–dressed as an alien–wakes his own father from a deep sleep.
Alex, an ordained minister who will officiate in the marriage of Eddie and Janie in June, said the album will be out in 2010.
The current Van Halen lineup: (left to right): Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen.