New York journalists have been invited to a 45-minute Van Halen concert at the 250-seat Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village this Thursday. Though they've been rehearsing at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles for the past few months.  The whole promotion is even more intriguing knowing that David Lee Roth's uncle Manny Roth owned and operated the Cafe Wha? and was among the first to book acts like Jimi Hendrix, Bill Cosby, Bob Dylan and Richard Pryor.

The Van Halen News Desk website says band members will unveil details on the upcoming trek, including dates and cities for the first leg of the tour, today.  Tickets for these shows go on sale next Tuesday.  But the tour is just one of many upcoming events surrounding the band.  Van Halen also has a new album on the way, which is their first full collection of new studio material since 1998 and the group's first complete studio project with Roth since "1984."

Also, on January 10th, Van Halen will debut the lead single from the project as well as its video.  Titles for the album and single haven't been announced.  Van Halen's new album is expected to hit stores on February 7th.