Van Halen tour grosses $93 mil
Nearly 1 mil in attendanceNASHVILLE -- Although not without setbacks, the Van Halen reunion tour ended up a massive success, wrapping Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a total gross of more than $93 million and close to 1 million in attendance from 74 shows.
The tour featured founding members David Lee Roth, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen, along with Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen.
After initially being set up as an amphitheater tour for the summer of 2007, the Live Nation-produced reunion temporarily derailed when guitarist Eddie Van Halen entered rehab. But it was resurrected as a fall arena run that stretched into 2008.
The tour was delayed again in March because of health issues for Eddie, then returned to the road in April to finish with a flourish.
The shows marked the first time Roth had performed with the band in more than 23 years. Van Halen's handlers say it was the top-grossing tour in the band's history.