Van Halen Tour Falls Apart

With 31 dates being postponed and insiders saying "the band hates each other", what's going on with the long-awaited reunion?

Van Halen Tour Falls Apart
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The Van Halen reunion could be falling apart at the seams, with 31 dates of their US tour being dropped from their website without any clear reason. Fears are growing after Rolling Stone spoke to an insider who said "They hate each other. The band is arguing like mad. They're fighting." Live Nation, who promotes the tour, declined to comment on the cancellations, as did the band. One arena representative is quoted as saying "You want to know the absolute f--kin' truth? I have no f--kin' idea." Some observers believe the tour isn't selling enough tickets, some of which cost up to $160, but others say it has been a success. If you're a fan of the band and bought tickets to see them, don't fret - the Van Halen website says: "These dates have been postponed, not cancelled. Several shows on their 2007-2008 tour were postponed as well, and all were ultimately rescheduled." Here's a list of the 13 shows that are going ahead (via Classic Rock), with the cancelled show below. Have you been affected? Let us know in the comments. 05/19 - St. Paul, Minn. - Xcel Energy Center 05/22 - Kansas City, Mo. - Sprint Center 05/24 - Denver, Colo. - Pepsi Center 05/27 - Las Vegas, Nev. - MGM Grand Garden Arena 06/01 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Staples Center 06/03 - Oakland, Calif. - Oracle Arena 06/05 - San Jose, Calif. - HP Pavilion 06/12 - Anaheim, Calif. - Honda Center 06/14 - San Diego, Calif. - Viejas Arena 06/16 - Phoenix, Ariz. - US Airways Center 06/20 - Dallas, Texas - American Airlines Center 06/22 - San Antonio, Texas - AT&T Center 06/24 - Houston, Texas - Toyota Center 06/26 - New Orleans, La. - New Orleans Arena The cancelled dates: 07/07 - Uncasville, Ct. - Mohegan Sun Arena 07/09 - Hampton, Va. - Hampton Coliseum 07/11 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Wells Fargo Center 07/13 - East Rutherford, N.J. - Izod Center 07/15 - Baltimore, Md. - 1st Mariner Arena 07/17 - Rochester N.Y. - Blue Cross Arena 07/19 - Detroit, Mich. - Joe Louis Arena 07/21 - London, Ontario - John Labatt Centre 07/24 - Toledo, Ohio - Huntington Center 07/26 - Grand Rapids, Mich. - Van Andel Arena 07/28 - Cleveland, Ohio - Quicken Loans Arena 07/31 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Allen County Memorial Coliseum 08/02 - Columbus, Ohio - Schottenstein Center 08/04 - Knoxville, Tenn. - Thompson-Boiling Arena 08/06 - Memphis, Tenn. - FedEx Forum 08/08 - Birmingham, Ala. - BJCC Arena 08/10 - Greenville, S.C. - BI-LO Center 08/12 - Cincinnati, Ohio - US Bank Arena 08/21 - Spokane, Wash. - Spokane Arena 08/23 - Portland, Ore. - Rose Garden 08/25 - Sacramento, Calif. - Power Balance Pavilion 08/28 - Fresno, Calif. - Save Mart Center 08/30 - Reno, Nev. - Reno Events Center 09/04 - Salt Lake City, Utah - EnergySolutions Arena 09/08 - Albuquerque, N.M. - Tingley Coliseum 09/11 - El Paso, Texas - Don Haskins Center 09/13 - Austin, Texas - Frank Erwin Center 09/15 - Oklahoma City, Okla. - Chesapeake Energy Arena 09/17 - Wichita, Kan. Intrust Bank Arena 09/21 - Moline, Ill. - Iwireless Center 09/25 - Milwaukee, Wis. - Bradley Center

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    cbabb7
    What the eff could they possibly be arguing about. Ther a bunch of old dudes who get to rock out in front of a buttload of ppl, friggin enjoy it.
    iommi600
    "They hate each other. The band is arguing like mad. Theyre fighting."
    Not this again...
    PatVanHalen5150
    1. The dates are not cancelled, they are postponed. Anyone with a ticket to any of those shows knows this. Live Nation sent me an email saying hold onto the tickets because they will be good for the rescheduled date. 2. If anyone is dumb enough to believe Rolling Stone, they should be shot. This is the same magazine that ranked Eddie #70 and Kurt Cobain #12 in the Top 100 Guitarists list. 3. The postponed dates will be happening in October/November. The band is going overseas this summer.
    Maiden95
    Somewhat surprising to hear. But in reference to the ticket price, yes they are outrageous, some upper level seats cost 80-90 dollars. That's why me and my friends said f*** it.
    JFRules
    Next announcement is VH back with Sammy for album and tour. One year after that no more VH
    _LoveFuzz_
    5/14 - Van Halen Adds More Tour Dates 5/18 - Van Halen Tour Falls Apart *trollface
    Skuzzmo
    Rolling stone spoke to an insider??? WTF?!?!? And people take this as a credible source of information.....? it could be the guy selling merch at one of the venues they played.....or the janitor at a studio they went into once..... Sheesh... Load of shite..
    NJ1018
    OK FOLKS, EVERYTHING IS FINE!!! THIS JUST GOT IN. THE VAN HALEN NEWS DESK IS A MUCH MORE TRUSTWORTHY SOURCE CONCERNING THIS BAND, THAN ROLLING STONE OR ULTIMATE GUITAR (of course). http://www.vhnd.com/2012/05/18/van-halen... -along-fine-taking-a-break-and-planning-to-extend-tour/
    jrodgers
    Being a millionaire rockstar, getting pampered and getting to travel the world playing their music to stadiums just sucks doesn't it? I've got problems in my life, but damn....I seriously feel sorry for these guys.
    Firebreather01
    These might be postponed, but that El Paso date won't happen, I know it. Happens all the time here. Show gets announced then gets cancelled shortly after. Oh the life of living next to a Mexican cartel war zone
    Unholy Crusada
    *Sigh*, first Black Sabbath and now Van Halen. Seems like 2012 is the year of bands getting back together only to disappoint their fans.
    FanHalen
    A lot of speculation and hearsay about something that's prolly a private matter... such as Ed going back for cancer treatments (I hope not.) Anyway, I love it when Rolling Stone says something and everybody takes it as gospel. They have to be the most misinformed source in the world.
    axeslinger0u812
    Simmer down, kids. The dates were postponed. Until its actually cancelled, there's no reason to believe it won't be rescheduled like previous tours were. The dudes are 60, not counting Wolfgang. My grandpa likes to chill out after one day of traveling. These guys are touring the country.
    djmarklaw123
    Let me tell you, I enjoy van halen. But when I saw them on the last tour they did with sammy. It was the worst concert I've ever been to. The opening band, silvertide was amazing!!! Only good thing. They no longer exist. But van halen came out, it sounded bad, they kept pushing each other around stage fighting over who got to sing on the mic at parts, and eddie would be playing and all of a sudden you'd hear a bunch of bad notes and he'd pause before continuing to play. WORST CONCERT I'VE EVER BEEN TOO!!!! Eddie lost his tallent. And its sad to say this is the worst concert I've been to considering I've seen the earthquakers twice and I took a girlfriend to see Ryan Cabrera Twice. SOOOO BAD. Don't go, not worth the time or money. Van halen will only be preserved on album and never be like they once were.
    de-fexxx666
    They're not fighting, that much is sure. I've seen the band 3 times so far on this tour, and had tickets to 2 more of the postponed shows. Right now, the band has some of the best and most genuine on-stage chemistry I've ever seen, and all of them are constantly smiling ear-to-ear (Well...not Alex, he never smiles).You can't fake the kind of sincerity they all have on stage. Not to mention, if the band were tearing apart at the seams, they wouldn't cancel part of the tour, they'd cancel everything from here out or trek on through the tour and put on a half-assed show. These postponments start right after the initial run of dates was to end. There is obviously some sort of logistical reason behind this. Websites and magazines need to stop publishing sensationalist articles like this.
    onetonryan
    I really love the class with which "One arena representative" discusses his business. What a pro.
    guitargodwannab
    JFRules wrote: Next announcement is VH back with Sammy for album and tour. One year after that no more VH
    FUCK HAGER
    tedstigers
    I hope this isn't for health reasons...Eddie has had a battle with cancer, and I hope he is OK.
    djr5899
    I heard from a reliable source there have been way too many brown M&M's found backstage, and that is the reason for the postponement. In all seriousness, I don't like how Rolling Stone reports an unnamed insider says they are fighting and EVERYBODY ELSE is jumping on that. It's all coming from RS 1 unnamed source. I've heard other things like Ed has some issues that they are trying to plan best course of action, or that they are looking at going overseas instead, then coming back to the US. Until we get a release from the band, nobody knows. And it ain't like VH has a history of timely news updates.
    PIMO
    *facepalm* I'd love to hear the actual facts... this should be entertaining
    turkeyjerky214
    Any chance I can get my money back for when they were in St. Louis? Dave forgot the lyrics to several songs, and the mix was so terrible I couldn't hear Alex. I'd been wanting to see them for years, and that was one of the biggest disappointments ever.
    !zAck
    But they looked SOO happy in the Tattoo video :'( JK, I really dislike Van Halen. Tattoo video makes me laugh. A lot.
    metallica-#1
    the Van Halen website says: "These dates have been postponed, not cancelled.
    Here's a list of the 13 shows that are going ahead (via Classic Rock), with the cancelled shows below.
    Jesus Christ UG, have some consistency.
    AcdcTXfan
    This website makes articles based on speculation. The tour did NOT fall apart. Everyone and everything is fine. Read the story on the Van Halen New Desk. Van Halen want to give themselves a break. They worked for a year straight on that album. And look at that demanding list of tour dates. That's insane!
    guitaraddict44
    LOL. Funny how I just read on their official facebook, "Van Halen Getting Along Fine, Taking a Break, And Planning to Extend Tour!". Check your sources UG before you make news like this. Van Halen said they only POSTPONED the tour dates, not canceled them completely.
    91RG350
    All the lemmings read the first few posts and then fall off the cliff agreeing. David Lee Roth has posted a video on vhnd.com saying everythings fine and they are just taking a short break...they've already been on tour consistently for nearly half a year... jeez peoples...
    nailsarecruel
    "These dates have been postponed, not cancelled. Several shows on their 2007-2008 tour were postponed as well, and all were ultimately rescheduled."
    Just as soon as one of the Van Halen's complete vocal training. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hold on to those tickets!
    svelle
    Looks like those tour dates were a different kind of truth ... SCNR
    RasiedonRock
    JEgroeg wrote: Irrelevant cock-rock from a group of washed up middle aged men (and one obese child that has had everything handed to him). They're so out of touch with the last 30 years that saw the complete overthrow of the old rock-n-roll models and the rise of actual music through indie labels. Also, I hate to break it to you but Eddie is a horrible guitarist, go listen to Johnny Marr or Thurston Moore and learn playing guitar does not equate with whacking off.
    Oh look, a hipster, I haven't seen one of you before.
    iommi600
    JEgroeg wrote: Irrelevant cock-rock from a group of washed up middle aged men (and one obese child that has had everything handed to him). They're so out of touch with the last 30 years that saw the complete overthrow of the old rock-n-roll models and the rise of actual music through indie labels. Also, I hate to break it to you but Eddie is a horrible guitarist, go listen to Johnny Marr or Thurston Moore and learn playing guitar does not equate with whacking off.
    You realize that comparing EVH to Johnny Marr or Thurston More makes absolutely no sense, right? EVH's playing is based on some really energical hard rock, while Marr is towards post-punk and Moore towards noise/experimental. See the diference? Also, Eddie's contribution to the guitar world is huge, he helped to develop things, especially when it comes to pickups or bridges. And if you didn't knew about that, I don't think you should be telling anyone to "learn about guitar".
    Pit_
    Can't they find another Van Halen family member to sing as well.
    UniformRecon
    Ugh, guys, NONE of the arguing bullshit is true. The Van Halen News Desk already announced that there's NO HEALTH PROBLEMS, NO FIGHTING (they specifically said that Rolling Stone's source is bullshit), and NO CANCELING. They just need a rest after back-to-back recording and touring. THEY'RE OLD (aside from Wolfie). CELEBRITIES ARE JUST AS HUMAN AS ANY OF US. THEY NEED TO EAT, SLEEP, AND DRINK AS MUCH AS YOU DO. They don't ONLY exist when you see them on stage, you know.
    KampfOrange
    Okay, let me sum this up... Tour falls apart: - Some anonymous "insider" who talked to the Rolling Stone Tour does not fall apart: - Live Nation - The band itself Sorry, but the title of this article is, once again misleading as hell!
    duane baldwin
    I'm just glad I got to see them in their heyday several times.I wouldn't count on them now to show up or be worth it.
    Skullivan
    In the meantime, Chickenfoot is having a successful tour grossing high profits across the world.
    Gee Halen
    (dialling 1-5150-SAMMYRED) - [*COUGH, COUGH*] Hey, Sammy! It's your old buddy, Eddie. Are you still in that Chickensh*t band? No worries, just kidding. Listen. Do you know the words to "She's the Woman"? - [LONG PAUSE] I'm sorry. Eddie who? [LINE BRAKE-UP Tone]
    rebel rocker
    Jesus_Dean wrote: Somewhere Mike and Sammy are laughing...
    ... Like on their successful, and inexpensive, tour with Black Stone Cherry perhaps?
    AcdcTXfan
    rezr wrote: very sad i cried 9 times while reading
    soulgrenade wrote: lol, it's over folks.
    RUSTDOGG666 wrote: Well since these *****s aren't even coming to my state, all I see is them just disappointing more fans and just wanting to go to the big cities and not even care about the rest of the country. As far as I'm concerned they're done.
    Ok none of this shit posted in the article is true. Read the real story on Van Halen News Desk. The band has been working non stop for the last year and a half. They're tired and need a god damn break.