VAN HALEN EUROPEAN TOUR NOT HAPPENING: IRVING AZOFF:
From yesterday's Billboard. I held back a day because I wanted to see if there were any further updates! Maybe tomorrow...!
"Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for group founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. In comments picked up by multiple media outlets, Roth said on the Sirius Opie & Anthony radio show Monday that Van Halen were �going to be playing Europe � probably 50 or 60 shows starting at the end of this year.� Azoff disagreed. �All
the announced dates, which include the date in Australia, the dates in
Japan and a date in Wisconsin, are confirmed and on sale and those are
real,� Azoff tells Billboard.biz. �I manage the Van Halen's, and I know nothing about any European tour.�
Azoff did confirm that Roth will indeed front the band that will play
the scheduled dates, which include the Stone Music Festival in Sydney,
Aus. April 20; June 21 at the Tokyo Dome, and June 24 and 26 at Osaka's
City Central Gymnasium. Van Halen will also headline the final night of
Rock USA festival July 20 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wis.
Van Halen played 46 shows last year and grossed $54 million, with
attendance of 522,296, according to Billboard Boxscore, eighth among all
touring acts for the year. �Ray Waddell, Nashville."