|Van Halen To Tour This Summer – Sammy Hagar As The Frontman|
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|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Friday, 26 March 2004|
After years of speculation about a Van Halen reunion tour, the rumors have finally been put to rest as Van Halen has officially announced 28 upcoming concert dates across the United States this summer on their website www.van-halen.com. A new publicity photo on the site featuring Sammy Hagar with Michael Anthony, Eddie and Alex Van Halen confirms that the band has chosen Hagar over other former frontmen Diamond David Lee Roth and Gary Cherone. Hagar appeared on the Howard Stern show today and further confirmed the tour rumors and said that the bad blood between him and the Van Halen brothers is over and he is enthusiastic about being chosen to be back in the band. According to Hagar, none of the songs that the band originally wrote and performed while David Lee Roth was in the band will be performed on the tour.
Hagar and original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth befriended each other in 2002 for a co-headlining tour however, tempers and egos quickly flared and the tour was surrounded by much controversy. It was a chance for fans to get to hear Van Halen and “Van Hagar” songs performed live, but now with the 2004 tour, air guitarists will get to play along with Eddie Van Halen for the first time since their 1998 tour for Van Halen III with former Extreme front man Gary Cherone.
There has been no official word as to any future recording plans for the newly reformed Van Hagar lineup. Warner Bros. Records will be releasing "It's About Time," a newly recorded Van Halen track featuring Hagar from the upcoming, best of Van Halen album scheduled for release this June.
A long standing rumor that AudioRevolution.com has reported on in months past is that the brothers Van Halen have a good part of a studio album completed with David Lee Roth. No one knows if the songs will be rewritten and or rerecorded. In fact Van Halen officially has no record deal at this time. Needless to say they will not have too hard of a time getting a major label to distribute whatever studio record they might chose to make in the future.
See below for a complete list of officially announced tour stops and ticket on-sale dates.
June 11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum April 3 - 10:00 AM
June 13 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium April 3 - 10:00 AM
June 16 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center April 3 - 10:00 AM
June 19 Worcester, MA Worcester Centrum April 3 - 10:00 AM
June 22 East Rutherford, NJ Continental Arena April 3 - 9:00 AM
June 25 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center Coming Soon
June 26 Albany, NY Pepsi Center Coming Soon
June 28 Washington D.C. MCI Center April 3 - 12:00 PM
July 01 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena Coming Soon
July 02 Cleveland, OH Gund Arena Coming Soon
July 03 Toronto, Ontario, CAN Air Canada Center Coming Soon
July 06 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center Coming Soon
July 07 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse Coming Soon
July 10 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena April 3 - 10:00 AM
July 11 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace at Auburn Hills April 3 - 10:00 AM
July 19 Chicago, IL Coming Soon Coming Soon
July 22 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center April 3 - 10:00 AM
July 26 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena April 3 - 10:00 AM
July 28 St. Louis, MO Savvis Center April 3 - 11:00 AM
July 31 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Coming Soon
Aug 01 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Coming Soon
Aug 05 Phoenix, AZ America West Arena Coming Soon
Aug 07 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center April 3 - 10:00 AM
Aug 10 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion Coming Soon
Aug 11 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena Coming Soon
Aug 13 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena Coming Soon
Aug 14 Fresno, CA Save Mart Arena Coming Soon
Aug 19 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center Coming Soon