About 27 years ago, one of rock’s greatest bands lost its frontman, ending the group’s original lineup. Now David Lee Roth has rejoined the ranks of Van Halen to release A Different Kind of Truth, the first original studio album to feature his vocals since 1984.
The 13-track collection is available in regular and deluxe editions. The deluxe edition includes The Downtown Sessions, a bonus DVD containing brand new acoustic performance videos for “Panama,” “You and Your Blues,” and “Beautiful Girls.”
Though the album is a reunion with Roth, original bassist Michael Anthony’s spot is now filled in by guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang. The personnel change has soured many fans, but Anthony doesn’t seem to take it as hard. His sentiment comes out in an upcoming interview with Planet Rock, when they discuss the fact that the band reached into their old unreleased material for A Different Kind of Truth.
“They played a show in New York the other week,” Anthony noted. “There was [a] song they played called ‘She’s The Woman’, which is actually a song that was basically, written before I even joined Van Halen.” The bassist added that fans had asked whether he would “go after” the band members since their former policy was to credit each member, to which he responded, “I don’t want to do anything. I just let it be. And hey, it’ll be nice to hear some of those old songs again that I haven’t played in a long time.”
Van Halen will be hitting the road in support of the new album starting February 18th in Louisville, Kentucky. We’ve got all the current dates here.
Preview and download A Different Kind of Truth:
A Different Kind of Truth Track List:
- She’s The Woman
- You and Your Blues
- China Town
- Blood and Fire
- As Is
- The Trouble With Never
- Outta Space
- Stay Frosty
- Big River
- Beats Workin’
A Different Kind of Truth Bonus DVD Material:
- Panama (The Downtown Sessions DVD)
- You And Your Blues (Intro) (The Downtown Sessions DVD)
- You And Your Blues (The Downtown Sessions DVD)
- Beautiful Girls (The Downtown Sessions DVD)