Thursday, August 9, 2007

Van Halen To Announce 50-City Fall Tour Monday

The band will tour 50 cities, so it's a safe bet the Bay Area will get at least one show when the announcement is made Monday morning.

The good news: David Lee Roth is back in the fold; Eddie is probably off the drugs that made the last go-round two years ago so miserable that Van Halen cover bands were better.

The bad news: Michael Anthony is out; Eddie's son, Wolfgang, is playing bass. That reeks of the kind of unprofessionalism this band has been throwing out for a decade now.

Eagles manager Irving Azoff is reportedly on board for this one. He's the guy who has kept one of the most dysfunctional bands ever touring, even if that means they arrive at the shows in separate private jets. If anyone can keep Eddie and David Lee from killing each other, it's him. But I suspect it will be a bigger challenge then Henley and Frey.

Here is a copy of Eddie Van Halen's letter to fans after canceling the promised tour earlier this year:

March 8, 2007
I would like Van Halen fans to know how much I truly appreciate each and every one of you. Without you there is no Van Halen.

I have always and will always feel a responsibility to give you my best. At the moment I do not feel that I can give you my best. That’s why I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110% that I feel I owe you and want to give you.

Some of the issues surrounding the 2007 Van Halen tour are within my ability to change and some are not. As far as my rehab is concerned, it is within my ability to change and change for the better. I want you to know that is exactly what I’m doing, so that I may continue to give you the very best I am capable of.

I look forward to seeing you in the future better than ever and I thank you with all my heart.



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