Van Halen postpones more than 30 tour dates
Van Halen has postponed more than 30 dates of its North American tour without explanation.
Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his bassist son Wolfgang and brother Alex, the rock band's drummer, had reunited several months ago with original singer David Lee Roth. Van Halen rose to fame in the 1980s and has been plagued by years of squabbling among its members. The band began a comeback tour in February to promote a new album, "A Different Kind of Truth."
The band announced on Thursday that all concerts scheduled after June 26 would be postponed indefinitely, the Associated Press reported. No reason was given and spokespeople for the group had no immediate comment when reached by OnTheRedCarpet.com. Rolling Stone quoted "a source with knowledge of the tour" as saying that Van Halen's members "hate each other," adding: "The band is arguing like mad. They are fighting."
Billboard.com reported that "fatigue" was the reason the band postponed the dates, quoting a source as saying that the concerts were not canceled and that Van Halen is "doing great with ticket sales."
"They're not fighting," the source told the website. "They're just burnt and they want to take some time off. They got so excited and everything was going so well, they said, 'let's add more dates,' and I don't think they realized how tired they were."
June 26 was the final date listed when the band first announced its 2012 North American tour, back in January. The group later announced a second leg of the tour, which was set to begin on July 7 and run until September. The most recent Van Halen concert took place in Winnipeg, Canada over the past weekend.
Roth, 57, became Van Halen's lead singer after the band formed in the early 1970s. Around 1985, the group broke up and Roth concentrated on a solo career. Sammy Hagar replaced him and left Van Halen in 1996.
That year, the Van Halen brothers reunited with Roth on stage at the MTV Movie Awards. They ultimately parted ways with him again, later introducing Gary Cherone of the group Extreme as the new lead singer of Van Halen. The group never achieved the kind of success it enjoyed in the 1980s.
In 2004, the band reunited with Hagar for a record and a tour. Hagar left again a year later and formed the supergroup Chickenfoot with bassist Michael Anthony. Wolfgang then replaced him.
In 2007, Van Halen reunited with David Lee Roth and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. The group also embarked on a tour that ended in June 2008. Several dates were postponed after Eddie battled health problems.
The guitarist, who is now 57, has undergone rehab for substance abuse and had hip replacement surgery in 1999. In 2000, he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Doctors removed parts of his tongue and he declared himself cancer-free in 2002. He revealed to Esquire that the disease returned twice in 2011, promoting more surgery, and that he undergoes routine checkups several times a year.
He showed no signs of illness at Van Halen's recent concert in Winnipeg, Canada, performing his famed guitar solos. During the show, Roth became angry at a fan, stopping his performance and yelling: "Wait a second - don't throw your garbage up on stage - throw your girlfriend!"
The remaining Van Halen tour dates are:
May 19, 2012 - Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
May 22, 2012 - Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
May 24, 2012 - Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
May 27, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 1, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
June 3, 2012 - Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
June 5, 2012 - San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion At San Jose
June 9, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
June 12, 2012 - Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
June 14, 2012 - San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
June 16, 2012 - Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
June 20, 2012 - Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
June 22, 2012 - San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
June 24, 2012 - Houston, TX, Toyota Center
June 26, 2012 - New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena
UPDATE at 7:30 p.m. PT: Van Halen plans to reschedule its postponed tour dates and may even extend its concert series through 2013 and even perform abroad - see details.