Van Halen has been hard at work in the recording studio remastering tracks for an upcoming live album release that will feature original singer, David Lee Roth. The album, entitled Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, was recorded at the celebrated venue in Tokyo, Japan, on June 21, 2013, reports Blabbermouth. Van Halen will release the live recording on March 31 in several formats: a double CD set, or four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl for those interested in adding to their more traditional collections, and also as a digital format for those interested in the more modern format.
Van Halen debuted in 1978 with a self-titled album and, although sales were initially low with the album only peaking to number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it soon developed greater sales as the name Van Halen became synonymous with rock and roll. Eventually, Van Halen would sell more than 10 million copies and achieve Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) diamond status.
Van Halen would again achieve diamond status with their sixth album, 1984 (displayed as MCMLXXXIV on the album). The album 1984 would reach number two on the Billboard 200 album chart and remain in that spot for five consecutive weeks. Interestingly, the album that Van Halen's 1984 trailed on that chart was Micheal Jackson's Thriller, which also featured Eddie Van Halen on guitar.
Van Halen's first live album, Live: Right Here, Right Now, was released in 1993, but that album featured replacement singer Sammy Hagar, who had joined the band, following David Lee Roth's controversial firing, reports Music Times.
Van Halen enlisted mastering engineer Chris Bellman for the project, who has, in the past, remastered Van Halen's original studio albums. Additionally, fully remastered versions of Diver Down, Women And Children First, Van Halen II, and Fair Warning are also being cut for release in the spring on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.
Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, featuring a band lineup of David Lee Roth on vocals, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen on drums, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen (Eddie's son), will include some of the greatest anthems from a band that many consider rock royalty. Some of the hits, favorites among fans and critics alike, are "Dance The Night Away," "Beautiful Girls," "And The Cradle Will Rock…," "Unchained," and "Everybody Wants Some."
The entire track listing for Tokyo Dome Live In Concert is as follows:
01. Unchained02. Runnin' With The Devil03. She's The Woman04. I'm The One05. Tattoo06. Everybody Wants Some!!07. Somebody Get Me A Doctor08. China Town09. Hear About It Later10. (Oh) Pretty Woman11. Me & You (Drum Solo)12. You Really Got Me13. Dance The Night Away14. I'll Wait15. Cradle Will Rock16. Hot For Teacher17. Women In Love18. Romeo Delight19. Mean Street20. Beautiful Girls21. Ice Cream Man22. Panama23. Eruption (Guitar Solo)24. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love25. Jump
For the album's cover, Van Halen chose art works by Adolf Mouron Cassandre, reminiscent of the art deco era. Van Halen front man, Roth chose a painting of the SS Normandie for the front cover, while the back cover features a painting of the French cruise-liner L'Atlantique, also a one of Cassandre's works.
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