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VAN HALEN POSTPONE 31 SUMMER SHOWS; WHY?

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MAJOR BUMMER ALERT! If you were planning on partying with Van Halen this summer, you may be shit outta luck. The band was scheduled to tour America all summer long, and well into September, too — but yesterday they postponed thirty-one shows, calling off, for the time being, all performances after a June 26 gig in New Orleans. That’s sucky enough, but what’s worse is that, as of this writing, the band has offered no explanation for the postponement.

Rolling Stone chalks it up to — shocker! — inter-band drama, citing an unnamed source who claims that the group’s members “hate each other” and “are arguing like mad.” And while, given the band’s past history, it’s not too far-fetched to believe that David Lee Roth and the Van Halens aren’t getting along, it’s hard for me to imagine that the state of things has devolved to the point where they would put off such a large amount of tour dates — especially considering that they’re apparently getting along well enough to keep the trek going for another thirteen shows over the course of more than a month. I just don’t see Eddie Van Halen going “FUCK YOU, DAVE! I HATE YOU SO FUCKING MUCH THAT THIS TOUR IS OFFICIALLY OFF AFTER ONLY A BAKER’S DOZEN MORE CONCERTS!!!!” It would be, y’know. Odd.

So what other reasons could there be for the postponement? Honestly, I have no clue. Apparently the shows are selling well, so that’s not it. Hopefully the group will release a statement sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, don’t forget that I’m giving away a 7″ single of Van Halen’s “She’s the Woman” for the latest edition of Completely Unreadable Band Logo of the Week. Go here for details.

And, sorry to tell ya, if you had tickets to any of the following Van Halen gigs, well, you are now free that evening:

July 7: Uncasville, Ct., Mohegan Sun Arena
July 9: Hampton, Va., Hampton Coliseum
July 11: Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
July 13: East Rutherford, N.J., Izod Center
July 15: Baltimore, Md., 1st Mariner Arena
July 17: Rochester N.Y., Blue Cross Arena
July 19: Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
July 21: London, Ontario, John Labatt Centre
July 24: Toledo, Ohio, Huntington Center
July 26: Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
July 28: Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena
July 31: Fort Wayne, Ind., Allen County Memorial Coliseum
August 2: Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
August 4: Knoxville, Tenn., Thompson-Boiling Arena
August 6: Memphis, Tenn., FedEx Forum
August 8: Birmingham, Ala., BJCC Arena
August 10: Greenville, S.C., BI-LO Center
August 12: Cincinnati, Ohio, US Bank Arena
August 21: Spokane, Wash., Spokane Arena
August 23: Portland, Ore., Rose Garden
August 25: Sacramento, Calif.,Power Balance Pavilion
August 28: Fresno, Calif., Save Mart Center
August 30: Reno, Nev., Reno Events Center
September 4: Salt Lake City, Utah — EnergySolutions Arena
September 8: Albuquerque, N.M., Tingley Coliseum
September 11: El Paso, Texas, Don Haskins Center
September 13: Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
September 15: Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena
September 17: Wichita, Kan. – Intrust Bank Arena
September 21: Moline, Ill., Iwireless Center
September 25: Milwaukee, Wis., Bradley Center

-AR

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