Eddie Van Halen to Appear on LL Cool J's Upcoming Album

Eddie and LL in the recording studio for the rapper's
forthcoming album, "Authentic." 

How is everyone doing this Monday morning after St Paddy’s Day? Well, hopefully a lot better than some of our coworkers around here who had a bit too much green beer last night. It seems as though Eddie Van Halen and LL Cool J will be teaming up on a track for the actor-slash-rapper’s forthcoming album, “Authentic.”

Internet fan site Van Halen News Desk reported that the veteran rapper announced the news at his SXSW concert Thursday night in Austin, TX.

The site also confirms that the legendary guitarist will appear on one track off “Authentic,” which should hit stores on April 30.

This recent update pretty much confirms speculation that came about after two recent photos posted by Van Halen, featuring the pair in the studio.

“Authentic” will be Cool J’s 13th studio album and the first in five years.

As most of you probably already know, Eddie is no stranger to guest appearances throughout his career, sharing his insane talents on records from artists such as Michael Jackson, Roger Waters, Dweezil Zappa and Thomas Dolby – just to name a few.

Van Halen – the band – is set to play a slew of concerts this year with dates that include Australia and Japan as well as a single US show set for July.

And in other music news, although fans have no idea when – if ever – Led Zeppelin will finally reunite for one last farewell tour, looks like Heart and son of late Zep drummer John Bonham are looking to fill the void.

Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience tour is set to feature an encore set of both bands teaming up to perform Led Zeppelin classics.

Each band will be performing their own set before teaming up for a 30-minute Zeppelin tribute, according to USA Today.

The tour will be kicking off on June 17th in West Palm Beach, Florida and is set to end on August 30th in Portland, Oregon.

Check out the dates below to see if the tour is hitting a town near you!


June 17 West Palm Beach, Fla., Cruzan Amphitheater

June 18 Tampa, Fla, Live Nation Amphitheater

June 20 Atlanta, Chastain Park Amphitheater

June 21 Charlotte, N.C., Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

June 22 Raleigh, N.C., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion

June 24 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live

June 25 Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live

June 27 Wantagh, N.Y., Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

June 28 Boston, Comcast Center â?? Mansfield

June 29 Bethel, N.Y., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

July 2 Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Arts Center

July 3 Philadelphia, Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden

July 4 Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena

July 19 Detroit, DTE Energy Music Theater

July 21 Pittsburgh, First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown

July 22 Cleveland, Blossom Music Center

July 27 Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center

July 29 Chicago, Ravinia Festival

July 30 Indianapolis, Klipsch Music Center

Aug. 1 West Allis, Wisc., Wisconsin State Fair

Aug. 14 Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Aug. 15 Dallas, Gexa Energy Pavilion

Aug. 17 St. Louis, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Aug. 18 Kansas City, Mo.,Starlight Theater

Aug. 20 Denver, Fiddler's Green Amphitheater

Aug. 22-23 Los Angeles, Greek Theater

Aug. 24 Indio, Calif., Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Aug. 26 San Diego, Open Air Theater

Aug. 28 San Francisco, America's Cup Pavilion

Aug. 30 Portland, Ore., Sleep Country Amphitheater

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