Is Van Halen's 2012 Reunion Album and Tour Actually a Reunion?

Van Halen's reunion with David Lee Roth has officially kicked off. There's a tour coming up, and there's the first DLR/VH album in 28 years, A Different Kind of Truth, dropping February 7. It'll be easy going for rock journalists to dig into their list idea spreadsheets today: Top Three Van Halen Singers, David Lee Roth's Lady Gaga Mixtape, or Ten Most Unlikely Artist-Venue Pairings. (Ready, go!)

From Village Voice's Maura Johnston: "Last night Van Halen tried to blow away any last traces of the rancor

and bad blood that arose again and again in the years since Roth's

long-ago departure for a solo career, and it mostly succeeded." And if you're wondering about the Gaga reference above, definitely read about Roth's lengthy monologue during the set in the review linked above.

After all of this time, turmoil, and Gary Cherone, should this 40-year-old band really still be called Van Halen?

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