Van Halen’s David Lee Roth on cancelled tour dates: ‘The band is getting along famously’

Singer blames scheduling problems for postponing more than 30 dates on world tour

Van Halen‘s David Lee Roth posted a vide this weekend explaining to fans why the band cancelled all tour dates after their June 26 show in New Orleans. Scroll down to watch it.

The band pulled more than 30 dates last week, with a source telling Rolling Stone that they were “arguing like mad”.

However, in the video Roth says: “The band is getting along famously…better than we have in quite some time.” Speaking of the reasons for postponing the dates he added that it was simply due to exhaustion:

As usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling. The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness. If we continue past July 4 and all the way into Australia and Japan, then we’re asking for the robot zombie tour…you don’t wanna get to that point.


He also said the band would play the cancelled shows eventually: “We’re gonna take a break and we’re gonna come all the way back around, because this tour is gonna take about two years.”

Van Halen have a history of in-fighting, with Roth leaving the band in 1985 following a row with guitarist and founder Eddie Van Halen. He was replaced by singer Sammy Hagar, who was with the band until 1996.

In 2007, Van Halen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Later that year a reunion tour was announced with Roth fronting the band and Van Halen’s son Wolfgang replacing original bassist Michael Anthony. Several shows during that 2007/2008 tour were also postponed, but ultimately rescheduled.