Van Halen Releasing First Live Album With Roth

Van Halen and David Lee Roth will finally release a live album. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the band will release their live project on March 31st. The album is entitled Tokyo Dome Live In Concert. Tokyo Dome will be Van Halen’s second live album, but the band’s first live album featuring Roth. Van Halen’s first live project, entitled Live: Right Here, Right Nowwas released in 1993, and at the time, Sammy Hagar was the band’s lead singer. The album reached the Number 5 on the US album charts, and it sold over two million albums in the states. The band’s Tokyo Dome concert was recorded on June 2013 in Japan; the live album will be a two-disc CD featuring twenty-five songs including, “Unchained,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Jump,” “Hear About It,” and a remake of the Roy Orbison hit, “(Oh) Pretty Woman.”

Van Halen is considered to be rock royalty. They are regarded as one of the most successful rock bands of all time. They have sold over eighty million records worldwide. Two of their albums, 1984 and Van Halen, reached Diamond certification, which is the certification that recognizes albums that have garnered ten million or more sales. 1984 was the band’s best-selling album, reaching over twelve million albums sold in the US. Four major songs were released from the project, and two of them included “Jump” and “Panama;” both of them charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The band’s success did not come without any controversy. In 1985, David Lee Roth was replaced by Sammy Hagar. The band released four albums with Hagar as their lead singer including 5150, OU812, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, and Balance. After eleven years, Hagar left the band and pursued a solo career, releasing projects with his band, Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas. The rocker returned to Van Halen in 2003, but the reunion was only for two short years. Roth reunited with Van Halen in 2006, and the band embarked on one of the highest grossing tours of 2007. The Van Halen North American Tour generated over $93 million dollars. The band would eventually tour again in 2012 on their Different Kind of Truth tour. In 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and at the same time Sammy Hagar was also inducted as a member of the band.