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Eddie Van Halen explains canceled tour dates

Eddie Van Halen was in fine form at Philips Arena in April. Photo: Robb D. Cohen

Eddie Van Halen was in fine form at Philips Arena in April. Photo: Robb D. Cohen

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.

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But now the de facto head of Van Halen Inc., Eddie, has chatted with USA Today and restated the company line that, indeed, the band “bit off more than we could chew.”

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.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

15 comments Add your comment


June 13th, 2012
2:55 pm

Who really cares. They are no longer the band they used to be. With Sammy or DLR. Van Halen today is a joke and Eddie and Alex are ***holes! Good riddance!


June 13th, 2012
3:50 pm

Still better then the talentless performers were here today! Still full of energy the mighty Van Halen!


June 13th, 2012
3:51 pm

sorry! HEAR today

david c

June 13th, 2012
6:51 pm

“were HEAR” still doesn’t make sense. Pretty much like Van Halen.


June 13th, 2012
7:33 pm

Everybody wants some!!


June 13th, 2012
8:44 pm

The Atlanta show in April was nothing to write home about except how much was paid for a mediocre show.

Dr. Ralph

June 14th, 2012
7:15 pm

Van Halen kicked ass in Nashville in April. Same Van Halen I have seen for 30 years now. First time was at the University of Cincinnati in 78 or 79… Dave forgets lyrics and sings half the song and
Eddie plays them better than the album sounds. Really you just go because of the Eruption guitar solo and because no one can play what Ed can. Sure I paid about $100 but the crappy hotel was more than that because of the stupid Music City Marathon and gas costs about ten times as much as it did in the 70’s too….. get over it or stay home.

former fan

June 15th, 2012
10:29 pm

Does anyone believe Van Halen put out this latest cd and went out on tour because they feel good about the music and really enjoy playing together? The new album was rehashed crap, wolfgang is no Micheal Anthony and the tour is a pathetic money grab! Eddie & Alex just need to go away!

g unit

June 15th, 2012
10:29 pm

I went to see Kool and the gang. Lol.


June 15th, 2012
10:35 pm

People think they are not as good because they are older. They sound and rock better than they did throughout the sammy years. The problem is that they sound better in an outdoor venue. Too bad Lakewood has gotten to the point where crime has prevented top shows to be scheduled there. Dave has always missed lyrics and falls out of the melody. Anybody that has followed him should know that. It’s part of him and it’s entertaining and the band knows it. Wolfy on bass is the future. The kid is brilliant.


June 15th, 2012
10:41 pm

The new album rocks. Not a weak song on it. A third of the album is all new. A third is based on old bootlegs that were redone. The other third were based on old bootlegs with totally new lyrics. Great decision when you think about it.


June 15th, 2012
10:53 pm

Sorry Gregg…disagree….Hagar was, and never will be the lead Roth is…..saw show in Phillips in April and even though they showed their age, as did most of the patrons, VH still runs circles around any present newer rock band of today…..just plain ole good heavy metal….no yelling, screaming, bs you get from the pretenders out there today…..took me back into the late 70’s and early 80’s…..hell, I’d be tired too if I were Roth and the gang!!!!!

g unit

June 15th, 2012
11:03 pm

Yeah, put in the new CD they dont make cheot like that anymore

Melissa Ruggieri

June 16th, 2012
2:55 pm

Drew – not sure what you mean about Lakewood. There are plenty of shows scheduled there this summer ( and in the past few weeks, Zac Brown, Jason Aldean and Jimmy Buffett have played sellout shows there.
I don’t think VH wanted to play outdoors on this tour. As far as I recall, all of their dates were in arenas.



June 17th, 2012
8:37 pm

Actually, I care. The new album is amazing.