A few weeks ago, David Lee Roth posted a video explaining why Van Halen suddenly axed a slew of tour dates.
The reason, he said, was that the band “bit off more than we could chew.”
But, since truth isn’t something that Van Halen fans are used to hearing, not many believed him, assuming instead that the “postponements” were due to band infighting or Roth’s inability to maintain grueling demands on his diminished vocals.
One reason I wanted to see the band in March in Atlantic City was because I wasn’t convinced they’d make it to their April Atlanta date (and also, the Dove Awards, which needed to be covered, were the same night as the Philips Arena show).
They did play Atlanta, and a few weeks later, tour dates started to disappear off the band’s website.
In the interview with Eddie and son Wolfgang, the rock guitar icon mentioned a return to the road in November – in Japan – and hinted at a project next year.
Van Halen also revealed that despite his years of performing for thousands in packed arenas, he still gets sick before live shows.
“I don’t know what I’m afraid of,” he says.
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene