US COMMENTATORS WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO LAST WEEK'S VAN HALEN ANNOUNCEMENT
Various US commentators are wondering what is happening with the big Van Halen reunion, because it was widely expected a big announcement would be made at last week's Grammy nominations concert in LA.
Certainly the Recording Academy promised "a special live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic reunion at the Grammys 2012". Not especially cryptic clues on official Grammy tweets prior to the event then suggested that the announcement would be about Van Halen. But no such announcement was forthcoming. Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow said after the big noms show, "in the world of creativity, everything is fluid ... there was the expectation that the artist involved and we would be ready to announce, but the artist was not quite ready".
A Van Halen reunion including original lead singer David Lee Roth has been expected for a few months now, with a tour and a new album, and a possible new record deal with Universal's Interscope. Of course with Roth having separate legal representation to the rest of Van Halen, any deals will take some time to complete, and that the band's big announcement has had to be postponed doesn't mean the reunion is off. Though it does mean there could as yet be legal complications that could hinder the grand plans.