A Different Kind Of Truth
Van Halen releases their 12th studio album February 7, 2012.
"A Different Kind Of Truth" is the long-awaited return of founding front man David Lee Roth on vocals. Much of the album is recognized as the reworkings of unreleased demos and tracks which have been sitting in Edward Van Halen's secured vault or floating around out on bootlegs and YouTube for decades.
Edward Van Halen's son Wolfgang steps in admirably for "America's Bass Player," Michael Anthony on bass guitar and backing vocals and has been credited for making the initial phone calls which make the reunion between David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers a reality. Dudes who've insulted Wolfgang never listened to "A Different Kind Of Truth," or they don't know how to listen and recognize great musicianship. Wolfgang is a talented musician and a very aggressive, competent bass player. He doesn't have his dad's stage presence but he delivers the goods.
Wolfgang Van Halen, 2012 Dallas, Texas
Van Halen takes nearly two years to record the album. Critics and most fans receive the album as a return to form for the band and the long overdue return of David Lee Roth. "Tattoo," is the first single released from the album. Many don't like the track or would later see it as an odd choice for a single. The guys at Heavy Metal Thursday like the track and recognize the unmistakable song writing of David Lee Roth.
David Lee Roth, 2012 Dallas, Texas
Van Halen embarks on a successful tour to promote the album to packed arenas across the North America and Japan. Many of these shows would be professionally recorded and Van Halen eventually releases "Tokyo Dome: Live In Concert."
David Lee Roth's singing voice isn't what it was in the 1970s or 1980s. Get over it David Lee Roth is Van Halen. The 1980s were kickass because of David Lee Roth. He doesn't need a do over, he's not asking for permission, and he's not apologizing for the 1980s. David Lee Roth laid it all out there and didn't rely on any studio magic to enhance his performances for the live album.
One more track.
Wait. Last one.