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Confirmed: Van Halen Reunion Tour With David Lee Roth Is On

August 6, 2007 5:21 PM ET

The long awaited Van Halen reunion tour is on: Rolling Stone has confirmed that the band will make an official anouncement at a Los Angeles press conference sometime next week. The band lineup will be David Lee Roth on vocals, Eddie Van Halen on guitar, Alex Van Halen on drums and Wolfgang Van Halen on bass. The tour, Van Halen's first outing with Roth since 1984, will hit arenas this fall. Keep checking back at RollingStone.com for more information.

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