However, a source with knowledge of the tour tells Rolling Stone that Van Halen's members "hate each other" and are "arguing like mad. They are fighting." The magazine notes that, officially at least, tour promoter Live Nation is also curiously mum on the reason for the sudden postponement.
In its report, RS notes that “the band yanked more than 30 long-planned dates, including shows in Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Salt Lake City and El Paso. Local promoters United Concerts and AEG issued statements regarding some postponed shows to local media, including the Salt Lake Tribune and Las Cruces Sun-News, but no details have been offered yet about rescheduled dates or refunds.”
The magazine adds that “news of the postponed tour dates surprised several arena reps, who are featuring upcoming Van Halen shows prominently on their websites. ‘You want to know the absolute f---in' truth? I have no f---in' idea," another concert-business source with knowledge of the tour tells Rolling Stone.”
So…how surprised are we by this? The relationship between Roth and brothers Edward Van Halen and Alex Van Halen is notoriously rocky which is why they split in the first place, with the former pursuing a reasonably successful solo career as an embarrassment to rock fans everywhere a singer/performer and the latter carrying on with new singers including, most successfully, Sammy Hagar.
Given that the tour – and the ancillary new album A Different Kind of Truth – is doing pretty well, you’d think they could shelve their differences and just get through it. You know… ride around in separate tour buses while nurturing wounded feelings and talking smack about each other to their personal masseuses and pedicurists, that kind of thing.
Guess we’ll wait and see. But whatever the reason, it’s something heavy. Unless you absolutely hate having money in your pocket, you don’t postpone 30 shows that have already been announced and gone on sale without facing serious financial consequences in the form of potential refunds, additional advertising, venue penalties and the like. This plot is going to thicken… count on it.
Somewhere, turfed Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is smiling a wry smile.
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