Van Halen Debut New Song Live: Watch The Video!
Van Halen played a brand new song when they appeared at the Cafe Wha? in New York last night (Thursday, January 5). And they’ve also confirmed the title of their upcoming album.
The band played a 45-minute set at the small, 250-capacity club in Greenwich Village (which was once owned by Manny Roth, David Lee Roth’s uncle – and the 92-year-old was at this gig), during which time they performed She’s The Woman. Apparently, this song was demoed by the band in the 1970s, but never actually recorded.
The fact that it was included in the set strongly suggests it has been revived for VH’s new album, which is due out on February 7. And Diamond Dave has announced the record will be titled A Different Kind Of Truth. The album track listing is:
2. She’s The Woman
3. You And Your Blues
4. China Town
5. Blood and Fire
7. As Is
9. The Trouble With Never
10. Outta Space
11. Stay Frosty
12. Big River
13. Beats Workin’
There will also be a deluxe edition of the album, with a bonus DVD featuring videos of four acoustic performances.
Back on the live front, the rest of VH’s performance at the Cafe Wha? featured wall-to-wall classics. Here’s the complete set list:
1. You Really Got Me
2. Runnin’ With The Devil
3. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
4. Everybody Wants Some
5. She’s The Woman
6. Dance The Night Away
8. Hot For Teacher
9. Ice Cream Man
10. Ain’t Talkin Bout Love
VH were scheduled to perform two more songs – Beautiful Girls and Unchained – but didn’t play them in the end.
During the show Roth namechecked some of the stars who have played the Cafe Wha? in the past – Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix among them – and told the audience: “I’m more nervous about this gig than I would ever be in Madison Square Garden”. And among the celebs in the audience was tennis legend John McEnroe, who’s always loved to throw guitar hero shapes.
The band start touring in North America on February 18 in Louisville, Kentucky. The dates so far stretch to June 26 in New Orleans, with tickets on sale from Tuesday, January 10. So far, there’s no hint of any shows outside of the States and Canada.
Check out the full list of dates here. Bizarrely, Kool And The Gang are said to be supporting on selected shows!
Check out the video below (courtesy of NBC New York) of Van Halen – that’s Roth, together with Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen – arriving at the Cafe Wha? last night: