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Van Halen Rocks Again

07:12 PM Thursday 1/5/12 | |

The Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers announce their 2012 tour during a warm-up gig in New York City.

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    David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen during the band's tour warm-up gig at Café Wha? in New York City.
    January 5, 2012

    (AP Photo)


Van Halen – brothers Eddie and Alex plus Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass and David Lee Roth – will launch the long-anticipated tour in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center Feb. 18. Van Halen’s first new album with Diamond Dave since 1984A Different Kind Of Truth – will be released Feb. 7 on Interscope but you can pre-order it beginning Jan. 10, the day the album’s first single and video – “Tatoo” – drops.

The Live Nation-promoted tour has all the stops you’d expect for a Van Halen road trip. For Detroit the band will play the Palace Of Auburn Hills Feb. 20; Chicago’s United Center is scheduled for Feb. 24; New York City will host the boys at Madison Square Garden Feb. 28 and March 1; and Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center is slotted for March 5.

Other destinations include Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena April 27; Denver’s Pepsi Center May 24; Los Angeles at the Staples Center June 1; Oakland at the Oracle Arena June 3; and San Jose at HP Pavilion June 5. Last stop on the schedule so far is New Orleans at the New Orleans Arena June 26.

Kool & The Gang will appear on select dates.

Van Halen started stirring things up during the Christmas weekend when the band posted a video on its website stating the first round of tickets would go up Jan. 10. However, tonight’s official announcement states ticket sales for dates through April 1 will begin Jan. 14. VIP packages will be handled by VIPNation.com.

Check out Van-Halen.com for more info.


  1. cincyconcertfan wrote:

    10:27 AM, Feb 19, 2012

    Kool & VH were great on opening night.  I attended the Louisville show.

    From where I was sitting the crowd was really into Kool & the Gang.  Yes, it is an odd pairing and I would have preferred a couple of good rock warm-up bands to open given the ticket prices.  But, I have to say Kool & the Gang had everyone dancing and grooving to their performance.  VH played 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Go to www.setlist.fm to see what they played.  Eddie looked good and rocked the entire set.  David was in top form and as usual the great showman he always has been.  He can't hit all the high notes anymore, but he covers a lot of ground moving all over the stage.  Alex was the engine behind the band pounding on the drums and he was actually smiling more than usual.  Wolfgang has matured since the last tour and seemed more comfortable on stage and his backing vocals have improved.  They had a runway coming off the stage, but only David came out on it and only for part of one song.  The light show was good and they had a huge video screen behind the stage.  My only compliant is for the money they should have played at least 2 hours and maybe more.

  2. dburse66 wrote:

    09:19 AM, Feb 18, 2012

    I think people will be very surprised at the reception Kool and The Gang will receive. They have had cross-over hits in 4 different decades. They have Headlined Arenas themselves. I have been on the road with them when they opened for Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow in which they got the BEST reception of the evening in 5 different cities!

  3. Trainarollin wrote:

    05:07 PM, Jan 16, 2012

    Excellent choice with Kool & the Gang. FINALLY an openening act that will get people dancing and put them in a good festive mood.  Have the ones here complaining actually heard more than one song from Kool & The Gang besides "Celebration" ?  Listen to early Kool & The Gang..the lead vocalist could have been David Lee.  The show is one hell of a package and you guys have to get over your music bias.

  4. Montana Blue wrote:

    08:29 AM, Jan 16, 2012

    Kool and the Gang has some good tunes, but if you don't appreciate them, just take your time getting there.  Michael Anthony?  Yes....  missed for sure.  As much for the high harmony vocals as the bass... Probably more for the high harmony vocals, really.  And Roth...  Roth is the real deal and I like my VH that way, thank you very much.

  5. topssuite wrote:

    10:58 AM, Jan 15, 2012

    Why not get a classic 70's or 80's hair / metal band to open?    Get UFO, Michael Schenker, Poison, RATT, LA Guns, Y&T etc etc.     Kook and the Gang?   No way.    

  6. Livewolf wrote:

    07:30 AM, Jan 13, 2012

    JCracefan, you're a riot.  Thanks for expressing what everyone else was thinking.

  7. Soundguru wrote:

    08:45 AM, Jan 12, 2012

    If they are anything like last tour ,I would rather see a VH cover band.....and they are using MA's recorded vocals on this tour as well. How LAME ...........

  8. poopmonstrosity wrote:

    11:24 PM, Jan 09, 2012

    Someone named wolf?  It's short for Wolfgang.  Ed's middle name is translates to Ludwig... both names were  based on the famous composers - so your comment doesn't make much sense.  I'm not even in to Van Halen, and I knew that.

    Maybe the tour should be called 'Kool and the Wolfgang"....


    In Response to:

    topssuite wrote:

    02:09 PM, Jan 06, 2012

    No way am I going to see this lineup.   Without MA, this is not VH.    I saw VH back in 82 and till this day it is one of my top concerts to attend.    But I am not going to see them at $100 per ticket with someone called Wolf and Kool and the Gang as the opening band. "


  9. Hawk13 wrote:

    03:07 PM, Jan 09, 2012

    If VH is as bad as they were the last time they toured Kool & The Gang just might blow them away. Good thing Earth Wind & Fire isn't opening up!

  10. jcracefan wrote:

    12:55 PM, Jan 09, 2012

    @Delta - thanks for sharing your ignorant commentary with us and providing us with some obvious options for the upcoming tour.  If you have an ounce of marketing intelligence in your head, you'll know that the skepticism around the Kool and the Gang announcement is justified.  Not only are they a poor choice for Van Halen fans, they likely won't increase ticket sales as a result. Genius? How many concerts have you been to anyway??

  11. Alex5150 wrote:

    06:51 PM, Jan 08, 2012

    Come on guys Kool and the Gang???.. There are at least 50 classic rock bands still out there, wouldn't it be nice to pick Y&T for example as an opening act??.. It's a thing I simply don't understand

  12. imortal wrote:

    10:00 AM, Jan 08, 2012

    one very famouse person gave me some advice one time! and he said ,if your not willing to pass on to other people the fame you have aquired, by helping them then you didnt ever deserve to have fame yourself. now call me crazy but couldnt have van halen picked some bands less fortunate out of the band pool across the country that would have killed to be on this tour. instead they picked kool and the gang come on people wheres your heart.theres alot of us out there. Oh i forgot its all about the dollars.........

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