(CBS) The reports are out that Van Halen may soon sign with Columbia Records. The band's previous home has been Warner Bros., which put out all Van Halen releases from 1978 through 2004.
This is just a guess: Fans would probably buy a new Van Halen record with original singer David Lee Roth on vocals from just about any vendor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Nothing has been signed yet, but Columbia has been in the lead for some time." Blabbermouth reports the same news - Columbia Records - with a release expected in early 2012.
Roth rejoined Van Halen for a 2007-2008 tour and has remained as lead singer. He handled lead vocals for Van Halen on the band's first six albums, including the blockbuster "1984." He left the band in 1985 and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, who had a commercially successful stint with the band.
The last Van Halen album of entirely original material, "Van Halen III," came out in 1998 and featured Gary Cherone on vocals. Since the band parted ways with him, it also parted ways with bassist Michael Anthony. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang played bass on the 2007-2008 tour and is pictured with Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and Roth in official band photos.
Roth and Hagar toured together in 2002. Hagar briefly rejoined Van Halen in 2004 for a tour and to sing new tracks for a greatest hits album.