Eddie Van Halen Has Emergency Surgery; Tour Dates Postponed
Van Halen has postponed three shows in Japan in the wake of Eddie Van Halen’s recent emergency surgery, the band said Thursday.
The guitarist had a severe bout of diverticulitis, an infection or inflammation of the intestine. The band’s statement said no additional surgery is needed and that Van Halen should make a full recovery in four to six months. No other details were available.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group has postponed a pair of shows scheduled for Nov. 20 and 22 at the Chuo Gymnasium in Osaka and Nov. 27 at the Tokyo Dome. The statement said the shows will be rescheduled and that “the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013.”
This is the second time this year that Van Halen has postponed concert dates. In May, the band postponed the remaining 30-plus shows on its North American tour, with a source telling The Hollywood Reporter at the time: “They’re simply burned out. After 50 shows, they need a breather.” A few weeks later, Eddie Van Halen told USA Today: "We bit off more than we could chew. … We went on tour earlier than we wanted to so we could play Madison Square Garden [in March, before a renovation], and that threw the schedule out of whack." The shows have yet to be rescheduled.
The veteran L.A. band had been touring behind A Different Kind of Truth, its first album with singer David Lee Roth since 1984. Roth rejoined bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen for a successful 2007 tour with Eddie’s then-16-year-old son Wolfgang Van Halen replacing stalwart Michael Anthony on bass. The abbreviated 2012 North American tour with the same lineup grossed $38 million and played to 95 percent capacity.
Watch Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo from the band's tour warmup show in February at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., below.