Iconic rock group Van Halen is reportedly set to sign a new deal with Interscope Records that is expected to be finalized sometime this week. The deal would give the group an outlet to release its first album with frontman David Lee Roth since 1984.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the band was originally thought to be joining Columbia Records, but a source says that Interscope chairman “heard the band was available and wanted to work with them. It was decided at the 11th hour.” It is also rumored that Roth wanted to be on a West Coast-based label, which is why the group is expected to sign with Interscope instead of Columbia.
After notching hits like “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher” on 1984’s “1984,” Roth split from the group in 1985, Van Halen adopted Sammy Hagar as their vocalist, and then experienced a brief period with singer Gary Cherone. Roth reunited with the group, which now includes guitarist Eddie Van Halen, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen, in 2006.
A rep for Interscope was not available for comment at press time.