lunes, 21 de mayo de 2012

Van Halen ‘not fighting’ after 31 gigs are pulled

Martin Kielty / classicrockmagazine

Van Halen have taken 31 dates on their current US tour off their website, and they’ve given no reason for the change of plans – although singer Dave Lee Roth has endorsed a web post saying there’s nothing to worry about.

The band were set to stay on the road until September with original frontman Roth, brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Eddie’s son Wolfgang promoting new album A Different Kind of Truth.

Instead, the tour now appears to end on June 26 in New Orleans.

Online speculation suggested the band are unhappy with the number of tickets going unsold, with audiences reporting rows of van at $160 seats. But many venues – some of which hadn’t been officially told about the change of plans – say tickets have been selling well. Other fans say they’re disappointed with the lack of energy in the band’s show, and that it doesn’t reflect the album, which has been received much more warmly.

Rolling Stone cited a band insider who says: “They hate each other. The band is arguing like mad. They’re fighting.”

But last night frontman Dave Lee Roth endorsed a web post saying the band were getting on fine. He linked from his Twitter account to Van Halen News Desk saying: “Rolling Stone’s ‘source’ is completely wrong. All four band members have been getting along splendidly. Everyone who’s seen the tour or even Youtube videos can confirm that.

“The band has been working tirelessly for the last 18 months – writing and recording, filming the Tattoo video, rehearsing, putting together the show. 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.”

VHND adds that the tour, when rescheduled, will last into next year and will be extended to take in Australia and Japan.

Van Halen are currently set to play 13 more shows:

May 19: St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
May 22: Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
May 24: Denver, Colo., Pepsi Center
May 27: Las Vegas, Nev., MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 1: Los Angeles, Calif., Staples Center
June 3: Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
June 5: San Jose, Calif., HP Pavilion
June 12: Anaheim, Calif, Honda Center
June 14: San Diego, Calif – Viejas Arena
June 16: Phoenix, Ariz., US Airways Center
June 20: Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
June 22: San Antonio, Texas, AT&T Center
June 24: Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
June 26: New Orleans, La., New Orleans Arena

The pulled dates:

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

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