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Van Halen: Catch ‘Em If You Can

It seems catching Van Halen in concert these days has become something of a crap shoot—let alone getting updated information about when/where said concerts will take place.

When the legendary rockers released their first album in fourteen years this spring (A Different Kind of Truth), then set off on a major tour, fans were stoked about seeing the Van Halen comeback. That tour was cut short when in May the band abruptly announced the “postponing” of all their summer shows after June 26, with no clear explanation. Rumors spread that the band members were fighting, and a source close to the band allegedly said they “hate each other.” David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen later denied those rumors, saying that the band was getting along well, but that the tour schedule was overwhelming and they needed a break. The band promised to reschedule the tour dates.

Now, it seems that is not to be, either. According to Rolling Stone and several other sources, the “postponed” tour dates are now officially canceled. Van Halen will apparently not perform again until November—and that will be in Japan.

Good luck, Japan.

So granted, these guys aren’t in the 20’s anymore, and if (as Roth said), the band “bit off way more than we could chew,” that’s understandable. But it’s getting difficult at this point to differentiate fact from fiction: first they’re fighting, then they’re just tired. They’re going to reschedule, then they’re not. Fans have waited a long time for this comeback; is it too much to ask that they be told the truth, whatever the truth is?

As it turns out, live video has recently surfaced of Van Halen’s complete June 1 show at the Staples Center in Los Angles. I’ve embedded it below. Van Halen fans, enjoy—it might be the only chance you get to seem them for awhile.

Unless, of course, you live in Japan—and we’ll have to wait and see about that.


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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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