Van Halen abruptly cancel tour dates

The classic rockers pull more than 30 dates in the US after reports that they are 'arguing like mad'

Rockers Van Halen have abruptly cancelled all tour dates after their June 26 show in New Orleans – offering no explanation as yet to fans.

The band had more than 30 dates planned around the US in support of their comeback album ‘A Different Kind of Truth’, which was released in February. The album was the first with original frontman David Lee Roth since 1984’s ‘1984’ and the group’s first studio album since 1998.

A source told Rolling Stone that Van Halen’s members currently “hate each other,” before adding ” The band is arguing like mad. They are fighting.”


The band have a tempestuous history. Singer Roth left the band in 1985 following a row with guitarist and founder Eddie Van Halen, who was replaced by singer Sammy Hagar, who was with the band until 1996. Former Extreme singer Gary Cherone joined the band for 1998’s ‘Van Halen III’ – which became the band’s worst selling album.

Eddie Van Halen has undergone treatment for alcoholism and cancer at various times in his career.

In 2007, Van Halen was 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.