Van Halen Push Concert Tour into Fall with New Dates
Van Halen just won’t quit this year.
Late last year they announced they would be reuniting with original singer David Lee Roth for a new album as well as a tour this year. After announcing an extensive 45-date tour this January, the band has now released even more dates for the tour.
The band has announced 18 new dates in all, and the newly scheduled concerts will begin July 7 with a performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The new dates will continue through August 12, when the band plays at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The band is currently on the road performing the previously announced dates, and will be playing the Philips Arena in Atlanta later tonight. These dates run through June 26, when the band is scheduled to play the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans. The band is supporting its new album, A Different Kind of Truth, which was released in February.
Along with Roth, the new incarnation of the band includes all other original members of the band other than bassist Mike Anthony. Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang is the lineup’s current base player.
Roth has been touring with the band since 2006, though until this year they had released no new music. The last time Roth was featured on a Van Halen album was in 1984 on the appropriately titled 1984. That album is one of the band’s most successful albums, both critically and commercially, and features the hits “Jump,” “Hot for Teacher” and “Panama.”
Anthony currently plays in the band Chickenfoot, a supergroup featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar.
Hagar joined the group after Roth left, and served as the lead singer until 1996. At that point Roth briefly rejoined the band, but was soon replaced by singer Gary Cherone. Hagar returned to the band in 2003, before leaving again in favor of Roth.