Van Halen have announced that they will tour in 2012, with the first tickets going on sale Jan. 10, 2012.  How’s that for a slightly-late-but-we’ll-take-it Christmas present?

A posting on the band’s official Facebook page, and a mass e-mail with the subject line “The Future” directs fans to four YouTube videos posted three days ago on the band’s official channel. These clips feature Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen as well as David Lee Roth on-stage playing their instruments and generally having a party while studio versions of ‘Jump,’ ‘Panama’ and ‘Hot for Teacher’ play in the background.

Of course, being greedy so-and-sos, we were hoping to hear a little bit of the much-rumored new Van Halen album during one of these ads, but it seems they’re doling out the good news in small doses. In the meantime, you can check out our new album preview for all the information we do have on the new record.

No tour dates or cities have been announced yet, but you can bet we’ll be keeping our eyes open, and letting you know all about it — well, as soon as we have our own tickets squared away. That’s fair, right?

Watch Van Halen’s 2012 Tour Announcement

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