Famously battling band has put hold on all dates after June 26.
By Gil Kaufman
Longtime Van Halen fans know that buying a ticket to one of their tours is like playing Powerball: sometimes you hit the jackpot and see one of the greatest rock bands on Earth tear it up and rip your face off with classic tunes. But, other times you come up empty-handed.
That’s probably how a number of die-hards were feeling on Thursday when a number of the band’s summer tour dates were unexpectedly postponed. According to VH’s website there are currently no active tour dates past a June 26 gig in New Orleans. No explanation was given for why dozens of additional dates after the June gig were postponed and MTV News could not reach a spokesperson for the band at press time.
According to CNN, the postponements affect 31 dates on the tour in support of the band’s first album of new material with original singer David Lee Roth since 1983, A Different Kind of Truth . The postponed shows were to take place from July 7 through September 25. Among the cities affected are Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis, Cincinnati, Portland, Salt Lake City, Austin and Milwaukee.
The reunion tour with Roth kicked off on February 18 and has played in 31 arenas since that date. No information about whether refunds will be provided for the postponed dates or if they will be rescheduled was available at press time.
The disappearance of the dates immediately prompted speculation that the famously battling members of VH were fighting again. Citing an unnamed source with knowledge of the tour, Rolling Stone reported that the group’s members “hate each other” and that “the band is arguing like mad. They are fighting.”