By Erik Maza
The Baltimore Sun
12:30 AM EST, January 6, 2012
Van Halen confirmed late Thursday night rumors they'd teased a few weeks ago: they're going on tour this year.
And yes, David Lee Roth is coming along. The tour, the band's first since 2008, will stop at the Verizon Center in DC March 28.
Van Halen announced the tour near the end of last year, a sort of late Christmas present. But the news was short on details - not how long the tour would last, or where it would stop.
They made the official announcement Thursday night at an intimate performance at New York City's Cafe Wha?
The tour kicks off in mid February and will last through late June; tickets for the Verizon Center show go on sale January 14 (they're in the $29.50 - $149.50 range). Kool & the Gang is opening on some dates, including DC.
Van Halen's hitting the road for the first time in about four years to promote a new album, "A Different Kind of Truth," that's the first with Roth since "1984." It's scheduled for release February 7.
According to the announcement, fans can expect a mix of new and old material during the tour; reviews of the Cafe Wha? show have been enthusiastic.
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