Van Halen have officially inked a deal with Universal Music subsidiary Interscope Records, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The move ends a 35-year relationship with Warner Music and contradicts speculation that the band would be signing with Columbia Records.
According to THR, the band apparently went with the West Coast-based Interscope to please frontman David Lee Roth. A source reportedly says the Columbia offer had been approved before Interscope swooped in at the last minute. The band is thought to be almost done with its first studio album since 1984, with a "special announcement" from the group anticipated at the Grammy Awards nominations concert on Nov. 4.
A photo has been sent out of the press showing Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen in Los Angeles as new members of the Interscope family. Also pictured are Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, Live Nation Entertainment executive chairman and Front Line Management Group CEO Irving Azoff, Interscope Geffen A&M Records vice chairman Steve Berman, and Universal Music Group Distribution President and CEO Jim Urie. They all look like really cool guys who are assuredly about to bust out their covers of "Eruption."