Van Halen Dates Officially Cancelled

The series of "postponed" North American summer tour dates by Van Halen are now officially cancelled.

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The series of "postponed" North American summer tour dates by Van Halen are now officially cancelled.

Last month, Van Halen made major headlines when they abruptly postponed a full set of summer concerts without explanation, only to follow the news up days later with a video message from David Lee Roth.

"As usual, we bit off way more than we can chew when it came to scheduling," explained Roth. "The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness. If we continue past July 4th and all the way into Australia and Japan, then we're asking for the robot zombie tour."

"We're gonna take a break because this tour is gonna take us about two years," he added.

Watch Roth's video here.

Now, Pollstar reports the dates are officially listed as cancelled.

Although Van Halen hasn't posted an announcement on its website, if you check out the band's list of dates on Ticketmaster.com, you'll find that shows including Uncasville, Conn.; Baltimore; Rochester, N.Y.; Detroit; Toledo, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; and Milwaukee are now marked in red as canceled. As of post time, not all shows on Ticketmaster are listed as canceled.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be automatically credited to your credit card.

Van Halen are heading to Japan for a series of shows in November; a commercial for the Tokyo concert can be viewed below.

Thanks for the report to HenneMusic.com.

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    schirripar
    That's pretty disrespectful. The fans always come first. They booked that tour, they should have finished it, then taken all the time off they wanted. It's not like they have never done a monster world tour before, I don't get it
    Jesus_Dean
    I guess it's time for me to give up on my old favorites (Black Sabbath, Van Halen, GnR) and find me some new favorites.
    Clayden82
    Jesus_Dean wrote: I guess it's time for me to give up on my old favorites (Black Sabbath, Van Halen, GnR) and find me some new favorites.
    Maiden will never let you down dude
    Spineburger
    DirtyDog53 wrote: I read a review of their recent concert in Vancouver BC, and the show was awful. Ross had no pipes... they said they wanted their money back. So I suspect he's fu___ his voice and probably back on the blow.. but I'm only speculating on the blow part.
    Ross, eh? I was unaware the dude from Friends sings for Van Halen these days..
    HigherThanAMile
    I'll throw something on the 'Speculation wall'...David Lee Roth has some kind of vocal condition or diagnosis that requires exstensive treatment and they're being very quiet about it.
    DirtyDog53
    Bring in the wheel chairs, open the van door and head off to the retirement home and let them chase reaallly old skirt.
    alexw1020
    Clayden82 wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: I guess it's time for me to give up on my old favorites (Black Sabbath, Van Halen, GnR) and find me some new favorites. Maiden will never let you down dude
    Just saw Iron Maiden last week in Atlanta; best show I've ever been to!
    BIGD2
    Iron Maiden and Heaven and Hell...respect for the older guys....RIP Ronnie!!!
    jrodgers
    Spineburger wrote: DirtyDog53 wrote: I read a review of their recent concert in Vancouver BC, and the show was awful. Ross had no pipes... they said they wanted their money back. So I suspect he's fu___ his voice and probably back on the blow.. but I'm only speculating on the blow part. Ross, eh? I was unaware the dude from Friends sings for Van Halen these days..
    His name isn't Ross, its David Lee Schwimmer. God...get it right
    PatVanHalen5150
    Inb4 people that think they know everything that goes on in the VH camp....oh wait, too late. 1. It's not like Ed, Al, Wolf & Dave control their own dates. You can lay all of the tour routing/scheduling/cancelling blame on their moron & money grubbing douchenozzle manager, Irving Azoff (who happens to be the CEO of Live Nation/Ticketbastard) 2. Ed & Janie's anniversary is this week, so I can definitely see why they wanted to take a break at this time. Also, Wolf and his girlfriend are looking to purchase their own house while on break. 3. November in Japan is confirmed. October in Australia is just about confirmed. England and the rest of Europe to close out the year is currently being worked out. 4. They will be returning in 2013 for the 2nd US leg of the tour and are the running favorite to be the halftime act at Super Bowl XLVII.
    jdsmith0405
    Spreadsheet wrote: Iron Maiden are role models for fan treatment.
    Spekulus wrote: Maiden on the other hand wouldve just got on with it.
    Too right
    goingnowhere21
    schirripar wrote: That's pretty disrespectful. The fans always come first. They booked that tour, they should have finished it, then taken all the time off they wanted. It's not like they have never done a monster world tour before, I don't get it
    Well said. They have enough experience to know how much of a tour they can handle. This was just disappointing.
    turkeyjerky214
    Any chance I can get my money back for the show I saw back in April? Couldn't Alex through the terrible mix, and Dave forgot the lyrics in the middle of several songs. They'll never get my money again.
    FuruiShin
    Geez just give them a break they are quite old/round :x. I'm sure that Roth will mess something up anyway xDD.
    abbated
    It's NOT that they were tired! It's all about money. the ticket sales for these shows weren't what they expected so they said, "F#$k the fans. We don't care about you." Sad... Sad... Sad... And even with the low sales they STILL would be paid MORE than any person in the audience that shelled out their hard earned money to see a band that does NOT care abut their fans. Pathetic.
    p_a_morgan
    Spineburger wrote: DirtyDog53 wrote: I read a review of their recent concert in Vancouver BC, and the show was awful. Ross had no pipes... they said they wanted their money back. So I suspect he's fu___ his voice and probably back on the blow.. but I'm only speculating on the blow part. Ross, eh? I was unaware the dude from Friends sings for Van Halen these days..
    Oh, man, I lol'd.
    hrnttwk
    Now who didn't see this coming? I commend they guys for trying to get their crap together and give it a try. But with all the drama with Dave over the years, this was bound to happen. Again! Don't worry, they will try again in a few years only to disappoint fans yet again. Love ya, but hang it up fellas before it gets embarrasing. Oh wait, it already is.
    Anjohl
    Mike Anthony and Sammy Hagar must just feel that much better everytime one of these stories come out. The Roth era is the better band, but ****, will EVH ever stop being a pompous ass?
    djr5899
    There are no problems with the band, there are no health issues, not a ticket sales issue, Roth vocal issue, etc. These dates that were cancelled were not original dates. They were added, and only posted for a few weeks before they decided to postpone them. Their promoters wanted more US dates, they felt they needed a break, and wanted to Japan/Australia. Japan is already confirmed. The last few shows of the US leg were killer, haven't read one bad review. They ended on a high note. Every major article I have read says the band is getting along great, and already thinking about next album and more touring again next year.
    Spekulus
    I came to have a looksee at what that mental VH fan spammed with but he failed me. I will disagree with one thing though. A band of this stature has more than a say on their tour plans. They may have over stretched themselves but no manager can force van halen to do anything. That's why they're van halen. Maiden on the other hand wouldve just got on with it.
    AcdcTXfan
    abbated wrote: It's NOT that they were tired! It's all about money. the ticket sales for these shows weren't what they expected so they said, "F#$k the fans. We don't care about you." Sad... Sad... Sad... And even with the low sales they STILL would be paid MORE than any person in the audience that shelled out their hard earned money to see a band that does NOT care abut their fans. Pathetic.
    First of all, they spent a year straight working on the new album. Then they went on tour almost immediately after it was released. Then their manager booked like 70 concerts in a six month period. Yes they are tired. They've sold out or nearly sold out every show on the tour.
    Jesus_Dean
    What the fkk is that? I didn't write that sh1t! If you're gonna quote me, do it right!
    milliorn
    Anyone ever consider the possibility EVH is having health issues again, hence the abrupt cancellation?
    NJ1018
    This is old news, only difference is that it's official now. This was on UG already weeks ago. I don't know why so many people seem to be surprised now. Most of the people in this band are almost 60 years old. The argument that they did world tours like this before doesn't count. Of course it sucks for the people that bought their tickets, but chances are the show wouldn't have been that great anyway when they're all just beat up and exhausted. Better to see them next year maybe, after they recovered.
    iljh
    I just read an interview where Eddie says he will be doing this for a long time... then I read this stuff ugh
    Jesus_Dean
    Clayden82 wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: I guess it's time for me to give up on my old favorites (Black Sabbath, Van Halen, GnR) and find me some new favorites. Maiden will never let you down dude
    You got that right! I saw them May 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany and they were spot on!
    Ben_Eaglesfield
    Just me who doesn't rate Van Halen NEARLY as much as i do other guitarists Fine, he used a drill that once/taps his guitar neck, but, i just find most of their songs a bit boring/for them, formulaic.
    jdsmith0405
    Like I Is wrote: The Robot Zombie Tour doesn't sound *that* bad.
    Haha I thought Robot Zombie was an album of theirs that I hadn't heard of
    DirtyDog53
    I read a review of their recent concert in Vancouver BC, and the show was awful. Ross had no pipes... they said they wanted their money back. So I suspect he's fu___ his voice and probably back on the blow.. but I'm only speculating on the blow part.
    Thecastermaster
    Jesus_Dean wrote: That's pretty disrespectful. The fans always come first. They booked that tour, they should have finished it, then taken all the time off they wanted. It's not like they have never done a monster world tour before, I don't get it
    ..... You obviously haven't toured. It's tough, especially for the older cats like VH.
    schirripar
    Dynamight wrote: schirripar wrote: That's pretty disrespectful. The fans always come first. They booked that tour, they should have finished it, then taken all the time off they wanted. It's not like they have never done a monster world tour before, I don't get it The fans don't come first by a long shot. Personal health > family > friends > ... > money > fame > ... > fans > ...
    They are rock stars. They wanted that life, now they have to live up to it.
    Thecastermaster wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: That's pretty disrespectful. The fans always come first. They booked that tour, they should have finished it, then taken all the time off they wanted. It's not like they have never done a monster world tour before, I don't get it..... You obviously haven't toured. It's tough, especially for the older cats like VH.
    I wrote this, and no I haven't toured but they sure have. They should have known what they were getting into. Instead, they over hyped a tour that let down hundreds of thousands of people that had their show cancelled. It's absolutely ridiculous that anyone can defend them for this. I could understand them doing this if there was something serious like an injury or illness, but this is because it's just too hard for them. The poor millionaires that get to go out on stage and play guitar in front of thousands of people every night are just too emotionally tired to finish their tour. Fans are people too you know. Most of them are hard working people that don't like being jerked around like a rag doll.
    Romper Stomper
    schirripar wrote: That's pretty disrespectful. The fans always come first. They booked that tour, they should have finished it, then taken all the time off they wanted. It's not like they have never done a monster world tour before, I don't get it
    Well with the exception of Wolfgang. They ARE old as hell and probably can't hang like they used to....
    kiba56
    Lol....I could see rob zombie doing a tour like that.. (Rob ZOmbies robot zombie tour comming soon to North America...GET READY TO ROCK!!!)
    captaindammit
    They're old as hell now...they can't go like the used to I'm sure
    schirripar wrote: That's pretty disrespectful. The fans always come first. They booked that tour, they should have finished it, then taken all the time off they wanted. It's not like they have never done a monster world tour before, I don't get it