Eddie Van Halen's wife and spokesperson Janie Van Halen has denied reports that that VAN HALEN is putting the finishing touches on a new studio album. Speaking exclusively to RollingStone.com, she said, "What is going around is exactly that, rumors. I don't have any updates at this time."
A "source" told the MelodicRock.com web site late last month that a new VAN HALEN single is due at the end of the year. The report also claimed that the new album, the band's first with singer Dave Lee Roth since "1984", was nearly halfway complete and that it would be released in the first half of 2011.
MelodicRock.com added that "the relationship between Eddie and Dave remains as complex as ever, but there is a definite desire to get a new record completed."
VAN HALEN reunited with Roth in 2007 for a year-long world tour that grossed more than $90 million.
In addition to Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen, the current lineup features drummer Alex Van Halen and Eddie's son Wolfgang on bass.
Eddie revealed to RollingStone.com last year that he had to undergo surgery for a cyst, bone spur and twisted tendon in his left hand, although he expected to make a full recovery.
Carlos Santana will reportedly cover the VAN HALEN classic "Dance The Night Away" on his upcoming collection of classic rock covers, which will feature guest vocals from Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, Chris Daughtry and others. There's no word yet on who will sing the VAN HALEN track.