Van Halen has abruptly postponed more than 30 summer tour dates after June 26th, with no explanation for why.
Rolling Stone reports that the band has canceled more than 30 long-anticipated shows, including Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, and El Paso.
According to David Berger with The Salt Lake Tribune, he received a message from United Concerts, saying:
“The Van Halen show at Energy Solutions Arena Tuesday September 4th will be temporarily postponed. Future dates to be announced. The on sale for this Friday May 18th is also postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
A press release by AEG Live regarding the El Paso show on September 11th stated:
“Future dates to be announced.”
One concert-business source who has knowledge of Van Halen’s tour told Rolling Stone that:
“You want to know the absolute fuckin’ truth? I have no fuckin’ idea.”
Another source reported that the band members, “hate each other.” And also that:
“The band is arguing like mad. They are fighting.”
A source at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, where the band was going to play on July 7th, before the cancellations were announced, stated:
“It’s selling pretty good – I don’t know why they would say it’s being canceled.”
Clearly, the band’s cancellations were not due to ticket sales, as many show shave either sold out, or are close to doing so. Jack Larson, who is the vice president and general manager of the Xcel Energy Center, stated:
“We’re selling really well. We’re looking forward to it.”
According to PollStar, Van Halen’s tour is to support their album, A Different Kind Of Truth, which is the first album to include new material with the band’s original frontman, David Lee Roth. It is also the first album that includes Wolfgang, Eddie Van Halen’s son, playing bass guitar.