David Lee Roth to rejoin Van Halen for tour

By Martha Kang

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rock group Van Halen is planning a summer reunion.

The group announced that singer David Lee Roth will rejoin them for a 40-city North American tour. In a statement on the group's Web site, Guitarist Eddie Van Halen says he's excited "to get back to the core of what made Van Halen."

No specific dates have been named.

It will be the first time that Roth performs live with the band since 1984, when he was replaced by Sammy Hagar. The group had a brief reunion with Roth in 1996. That produced two new songs but no tour.

Van Halen will be minus its original bassist, Michael Anthony. He was replaced by Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son Wolfgang late last year.