Lead singer David Lee Roth posted a video over the weekend, explaining the mysterious disappearance of those dates from Van Halen's tour. The video came as unnamed sources indicated that the reason for the tour date cancellations was infighting within the group. For example, a source told Rolling Stone that the members of Van Halen were "arguing like mad." Roth soundly disagreed.
The video says:
"David Lee here, we're in the woods just north of Minneapolis / St. Paul. We're going to be firing up the tour bus and driving into town to do another super-sized show in just a little bit here." [...]
"The band is getting along famously ... better than we have in quite some time, and I think the shows reveal that, through the miracle of YouTube (Val Halen allows filming of their concerts)."
Explaining the cancellations, while not addressing the rumors, Roth said,
"As usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling. The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness. If we continue past July 4 and all the way into Australia and Japan, then we're asking for the robot zombie tour, when you start getting a lot of yes questions. 'Do you feel all right?' 'Yes.' 'Are you having a good time?' 'Uhhhh …you don't wanna get to that point."
Roth added that, "We're gonna take a break and we're gonna come all the way back around, because this tour is gonna take about two years."
However, Van Halen and Roth themselves have a history of contentiousness. In 1985, Roth left the band after a row with Valen Halen founder and guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Roth was replaced by singer Sammy Hagar, who himself left the band in 1996.
In 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Later that year a reunion tour was announced, with David Lee Roth rejoining the group, and Van Halen's son (with Valerie Bertinelli) Wolfgang Van Halen replacing original bassist Michael Anthony. As with this tour, several shows for that 2007 / 2008 schedule were postponed, but ultimately rescheduled.
Watch Roth's video, which he called "Public Relations," below.
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