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David Lee Roth back as Van Halen singer

The rumors were true. Van Halen will reunite with original singer David Lee Roth for a summer tour of North America.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The rumors were true. Van Halen will reunite with original singer David Lee Roth for a summer tour of North America.

"I am very excited to get back to the core of what made Van Halen," guitarist Eddie Van Halen said in a statement posted Friday on the band's Web site announcing a 40-city tour. No specific dates have been named.

It will be the first time that Roth performs live with the band since 1984, when he was replaced by Sammy Hagar. A brief reunion with Roth in 1996 resulted in two new songs but no tour.

Original bassist Michael Anthony will not be a part of the reunion. Late last year he was replaced by Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son Wolfgang.

On March 12, Van Halen will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York.