Roth in a clip from his "Public Relations" video
Last week, Van Halen announced via their website of the cancellation of 31 dates from their current tour with no explanation for the decision.
Rumors spread of rampant infighting between the band as the likely scenario, although current singer “Diamond” David Lee Roth clarified through a video entitled "Public Relations" about the reasoning behind the abrupt change in their “A Different Kind of Truth” tour itinerary.
This is what Diamond Dave had to say:
"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. I think we're one of the few bands who relishes you bringing whatever camera — if you can carry it in and pull the trigger on it yourself, then please do. And through the eye of YouTube, you can see that we're having ourselves a hell of a time, and I think that translates into the music.
"As usual, we bit off way more than we can chew when it came to scheduling. 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."