Van Halen tour now a no-go

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The anticipated Van Halen reunion tour with David Lee Roth has been called off, Los Angeles-based concert promoter Live Nation said Friday.

In a memo to its employees, Live Nation said, "(The) Van Halen tour has been shut down," said, noting that other reports indicate "contractual issues" surrounding the tour and a deal with Live Nation never materialized.


The group is to be inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in March. Original lead singer Roth said he didn't know whether he would be on hand for the Hall of Fame induction March 12.

"We have fragile politics in Van Halen -- please accept that as a partial answer," Roth told the Los Angeles Times. "But I don't know if the Van Halens are going to go. I hope they do, but right now, I just don't know."

The summer tour would have featured Roth with the band for the first time in more than 20 years.

Also, a new Van Halen best-of compilation featuring the Roth years was to be released by Rhino Records this fall. But Blabbermouth reported it, too, has been "indefinitely postponed."


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