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Van Halen’s new “Tattoo” and 2012 Tour Dates

A while back, I wrote an article about the current trend of re-forming bands that has seemed to hit recently. My focus was mainly on bands from the 90’s that seemed to be given a new breath of life, but I left our quite an iconic one: Van Halen.

And no, this isn’t another reincarnation of Van Halen with some new singer… we’re talking David Lee Roth style.

Last week “Tattoo”, the newest single from the band, hit iTunes and also has an accompanying music video. After a couple of listens I gotta say that I think it’s pretty rockin’, and certainly brings back their late 70’s sound. Be it nostalgia, fad, gimmick, or novelty, it’s still a breath of fresh air from the stagnant rock scene that has been oozing from mainstream “rock” radio over the last 10+ years.

The video for “Tattoo” is also quite entertaining, and definitely helps remind current audiences of an iconic band from an iconic era.

What do you think about it? Were you a Van Halen-ite? Are you still? (2012 tour dates below video).

-Clay Lancaster (www.claylancaster.com)

2012 Van Halen Tour Dates (more to come):

DATE CITY VENUE ON SALE (GEN)
2/18/2012 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 1/16/2012
2/20/2012 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 1/14/2012
2/22/2012 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse 1/14/2012
2/24/2012 Chicago, IL United Center 1/14/2012
2/28/2012 New York, NY Madison Square Garden 1/14/2012
3/1/2012 New York, NY Madison Square Garden 1/14/2012
3/3/2012 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun 1/14/2012
3/5/2012 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center 1/14/2012
3/9/2012 Buffalo, NY First Niagra Center 1/14/2012
3/11/2012 Boston, MA TD Garden 1/14/2012
3/15/2012 Montreal, QC Bell Centre 1/14/2012
3/17/2012 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre 1/14/2012
3/21/2012 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place 1/14/2012
3/24/2012 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall coming soon
3/28/2012 Washington, DC Verizon Center 1/14/2012
3/30/2012 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center 1/14/2012
4/1/2012 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena 1/14/2012

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