The rumors that began circulating Tuesday that
Roth has rejoined Van Halen were confirmed by the group's management yesterday.
Sammy Hagar has left Van Halen after fronting the group for 11 years. And the
remaining members of the group and Roth are currently in the studio recording a
new song that will appear on a Van Halen greatest hits album. A press release
from Hagar's publicist said that the singer has "regretfully" split from the
due to "creative differences." Since leaving Van Halen, Roth's solo career has
been marginal. Meanwhile, Van Halen had the biggest success of it's lengthy
career with Hagar handling lead vocals and rhythm guitar chores. Still, if Roth
permanently returns to the group, a proposed 1997 world tour could bring the
group an unprecedented payday. At Warner Bros., the label that Van Halen record
for, the departure of Hagar was apparently a complete surprise to company
executives. They called a meeting with Van Halen management for late Wed.
afternoon, and a press statement is expected today.