From Andrew at Melodicrock.com:
It seems the Van Halen tour rolls on…albeit with some rescheduling.
Here’s an update to the update about the update. I’m getting feedback from all over the place. Like sands through the hour glass….
Yes, the Van Halen tour is back on. Why am I saying back on? Well, because I am standing by my report of yesterday stating that the tour was off. But that was yesterday! My information yesterday actually came from someone directly involved in the tour – a long time source who has been 100% accurate in all previous dealings. A completely trusted source! It seems my initial hunch this morning was correct and I’m hearing that a massive amount of maneuvering behind the scenes has been taking place to keep this show on the road for the remaining scheduled dates. In the words of one source: “Azoff and company supposedly salvaged a total cancellation. Seems they bought a week of down time…Too much $$$ at stake.”
I wouldn’t expect any further dates to be added to the currently announced set and I’m yet to hear anything back from my best source, so expect more updates…
Clearly something is up from the statement issued by Van Halen:
“The Van Halen concerts in Dallas, Cincinnati, Raleigh, and Baltimore have been postponed. According to Eddie Van Halen’s physician, he is undergoing a battery of comprehensive medical tests to determine a defined diagnosis and recommended medical procedures. The March 3rd Dallas concert at American Airlines Center has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2008; Cincinnati’s March 5th concert at U.S. Bank Arena has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd; Raleigh’s March 7th concert at RBC Center has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 13th; and Baltimore’s March 9th concert at 1st Mariner Arena has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 15th. Fans should retain their tickets as they will be honored at the rescheduled concerts or ticket refunds will be issued at the original point of purchase.”
And Billboard weighs in -
Ray Waddell, Nashville / Despite reports to the contrary, sources with Van Halen tell Billboard the band’s tour is not being canceled, though tonight’s (March 3) scheduled show at the American Airlines Center in Dallas has been postponed and rescheduled for April 24. Three other dates have been postponed for undisclosed reasons. The source says the outing picks up on March 11 in Charlottesville, W.V., and a press release regarding the tour’s status will be coming within 24 hours. Van Halen returned to the road last fall with original lead singer David Lee Roth for the first time in 20-plus years. The tour, which features Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son Wolfgang on bass, has routinely sold out North American arenas. The current schedule has shows booked through April 25 in Sacramento, Calif. Van Halen is also slated to perform six days earlier at Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jam in Las Vegas.
Well, that’s the update and you can read the spin….something still stinks here and I’ll get to the bottom of it eventually. Dare I say check local listings for all future VH concerts for possible updated or changes?? Right now I’m going back to resume banging my head against the wall.
Andrew is usually dead on and if there is anything else to this VH tour, he will have the info quick. Stay tuned…..