Photo Credit: ProAudioLand; Van Halen @ Staples Center June 1, 2012
Last month, Van Halen made news when the band’s site abruptly – and inexplicably – pulled some 31 dates from their current tour, leaving many to speculate that in-band turmoil was the cause.
Not to be outdone, singer David Lee Roth released a public video a few days later addressing fan's concerns over the cancelations, saying “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.”
Roth also directly addressed the speculation of in-band fighting, saying that the band was actually getting along “famously.”
The singer’s message is now being reverberated by guitarist Eddie Van Halen as he spoke with USA Today last week during an interview with son and Van Halen bassist Wolfgang.
"We bit off more than we could chew," explained Eddie. "This record took a lot out of us. And we went on tour earlier than we wanted to so we could play Madison Square Garden (in March, before a renovation), and that threw the schedule out of whack.
“A lot of the canceled dates were in cities we already played," he says. "So in November we'll hit Japan, and in the new year we'll possibly do something special, but I can't talk about it."
When asked about his relationship with Roth, Eddie said: "Dave's the same as he's always been, funny, witty. Sometimes I can only take that in small doses, because he just goes on and on."
Van Halen will wrap up the first leg of its “A Different Kind of Truth” tour in New Orleans on June 26.