The Return of Van Halen
Hope: Van Halen haven't cut a new album with David Lee Roth since 1984. In fact, they haven't cut a new album of any sort since their one-off LP with Gary Cherone in 1998. That's given them plenty of time to stockpile lots of material, especially now that Eddie is (hopefully) clean and sober. With all apologies to Sammy Hagar, the band did their best material with David Lee Roth. The world is ready for a killer Van Halen album, and we're praying that they deliver.
Fear: On their 2007 reunion tour with David Lee Roth they proved they could still deliver the goods live, even though fans continue to question their decision to fire original bassist Michael Anthony. Whether or not they can deliver a great new album remains a huge question mark. Their last couple of LP's didn't exactly set the world on fire. Playing the hits on tour is one thing, but actually going into the studio and working as a songwriting team is a whole different matter. Hopefully old issues from the past were set aside and they managed to pull it off.