Although it was strongly hinted that VAN HALEN would make a "special announcement" on November 30 at the Grammy Awards nominations concert, the event came and went without the band making an appearance.
Grammy organizers had been promising for weeks that Wednesday's televised concert would feature "a special live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic reunion set to take place on the Grammy stage on February 12, 2012."
The official Grammy Twitter feed followed the announcement in early November with a message saying "Does this hint make u wanna 'Jump' and 'Dance the Night Away'?" the titles of two of VAN HALEN's biggest hits.
According to Reuters.com, The Recording Academy president Neil Portnow declined to confirm speculation that VAN HALEN was the band in question but told reporters on Wednesday that those concerned were not ready to go public.
In the world of creativity, everything is fluid," he said. "In the process of discussions that we had been having with an expectation that perhaps we would be at a point tonight where the artist involved and we, moving forward, would be ready to announce [a reunion], they weren't quite at that point. So it's live television, we go on to the next act. It's rock and roll and so on. That being said, we were genuine about the intention and we are genuine about the discussion."
VAN HALEN recently inked a deal with the Interscope label for the release of the band's new album, tentatively due in early 2012. The deal was finalized two weeks ago and marks the first time VAN HALEN has recorded away from Warner Bros. Records, which signed the group in 1977.
The new VAN HALEN album will be its first with singer David Lee Roth since "1984" was released on the last day of 1983.