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Van Halen: new song Late Term due next week?

David Lee Roth (second from left) says "Get Ready" for new Van Halen music. Of course, he said that almost two months ago. © Mark Savage/Corbis

Van Halen's lead-off single from their upcoming new album, their first with David Lee Roth in 27 years, is said to be called Late Term and could be released next Tuesday, 23 August.

We should stress, however, that this could all be mere speculation, for while the information comes from a reputable news outlet, The Boston Herald, it is attributed to "a friend of a friend who is tight with someone in the Van Halen camp." In other words, it's hardly official.

Already this summer there was a false alarm of new Van Halen music when rumors swept the internet that an unnamed single was going to be released over the 4th of July weekend. Adding fuel to that fire was a simple yet cryptic message on David Lee Roth's official website that read, "Get Ready..."

Ready for what? New music, apparently. OK, we're ready...

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.