The 31 North America concerts Van Halen recently postponed have not been canceled and the rock band plans to "put more time into the planning" of the second leg of its comeback tour, which may continue through 2013, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned.
Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his son, bassist Wolfgang, and brother, drummer Alex, reunited several months ago with original singer David Lee Roth and began a North American tour to promote their new album, "A Different Kind of Truth." The group members announced on Thursday that the 31 concerts they had been scheduled to play after June 26 would be postponed, without explaining why.
On Friday, the website The Van Halen News Desk reported that the dates will be rescheduled and that the tour would "probably continue" into 2013 and that the group members "are now considering touring Australia and Japan in the near future." A source close to the band confirmed the report to OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Van Halen's members have been "working tirelessly for the last 18 months," the website said, adding: "The band wants the second leg to be as awesome as the first. And for that to happen they want to put more time into the planning of it. Not just continue on with the same show."
Van Halen rose to fame in the 1980s and has been plagued by years of internal squabbling. Rolling Stone reported that history may have repeated itself, quoting a source as saying the band members are "arguing like mad" and "hate each other." The Van Halen News Desk said all four of them "have been getting along splendidly throughout the entire tour."
It also said no one in Van Halen is currently ill. In 2007, Van Halen reunited with Roth, 57, and then embarked on a tour that ended in June 2008. Several dates were postponed after Eddie battled health problems.
The guitarist, who is now 57, has undergone rehab for substance abuse and had hip replacement surgery in 1999. In 2000, he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Doctors removed parts of his tongue and he declared himself cancer-free in 2002. He revealed to Esquire magazine that the disease returned twice in 2011, promoting more surgery, and that he undergoes routine checkups several times a year.
He showed no signs of illness at Van Halen's recent concert in Winnipeg, Canada, on May 13. During the show, Roth became angry at a fan, stopping his performance and yelling: "Wait a second - don't throw your garbage up on stage - throw your girlfriend!"
The remaining Van Halen tour dates are:
May 19, 2012 - Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
May 22, 2012 - Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
May 24, 2012 - Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
May 27, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 1, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
June 3, 2012 - Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
June 5, 2012 - San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion At San Jose
June 9, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
June 12, 2012 - Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
June 14, 2012 - San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
June 16, 2012 - Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
June 20, 2012 - Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
June 22, 2012 - San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
June 24, 2012 - Houston, TX, Toyota Center
June 26, 2012 - New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena