Van Halen with David Lee Roth: secret 2012 tour rehearsals at The Roxy
December 29, 2011 by Bill Palmer
by Bill Palmer
Van Halen has been secretly rehearsing at The Roxy in West Hollywood for the past two months, the club and its proprietor Nic Adler revealed today. Rehearsals are in preparation for the band’s 2012 tour which will feature Van Halen brothers Eddie and Alex along with original frontman David Lee Roth, plus Eddie’s song Wolfgang on bass. According to The Roxy, the famed music venue on the Sunset Strip originally opened by Nic’s father Lou Adler, the band has been rehearsing two to three times per week during the stretch.
“Do you have any idea how hard that was to not tell you?” the club posited on its official website.” When you come in at 10:00AM and David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen are on stage with 3 other people in the room playing ‘Running With The Devil’ and you can’t say anything?! It’s tough, to put it simply.” The rehearsal tour de force was originally born out of a three day video shoot at The Roxy for the upcoming Van Halen single. The band took a liking to the venue and booked it as an extended rehearsal space. Those rehearsals were taking place covertly in the mornings even as publicly accessible performances on the part of other artists were taking place on the same stage each evening.
Earlier this week, Roth confirmed that he and Van Halen would be touring in 2012.