Van Halen To Be Produced By Don Was?

Van Halen has approached producer Don Was to take the controls for the band's next album, confirms Was's manager, David Passick.

Passick says the talks are ongoing, but that Was will take on the project if he and Van Halen can synchronize their schedules to be in the studio together.

Was, born Donald Fagenson, was one half of the R&B duo "Was (Not Was)" and went on to produce such diverse artists as the B-52's, Bob Dylan, Paula Abdul, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, Travis Tritt and the Rolling Stones.

Although he is a somewhat unusual choice for a hard rock band like Van Halen, the band's last producer was TV tune king Mike Post ("Law & Order", "Hill Street Blues"), who was onboard for "Van Halen 3." While Post's repertoire has never gotten much heavier than Kenny Rogers, Was recently showed his rock chops on Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora's latest solo album.