Van Halen to tour with David Lee Roth in 2012
December 27th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Van Halen to tour with David Lee Roth in 2012

Van Halen is going back out on the road with a familiar face.

The band has announced that they're touring in 2012, with frontman David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen along for the ride.

According to Entertainment Weekly, they were all last on the road in 2007, which was the first time Van Halen was back together with Roth since a brief reunion in 1996.

Tickets will go on sale starting January 10, although specific dates have yet to be released.

On top of the tour, the band is also getting ready to rock on a new album, Van Halen's first with Roth in about 28 years. The group's last collaboration, "1984," which was released on the last day of 1983, included hits like "Jump," "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher."

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  5. Norm

    It's absolutely hilarious to be reading some of these comments I'm a Welshman and used to go to university with a few Americans.It never ceased to amaze me how stupid you are and how trivial the matters you self agrandise over are.FFS we have a rock and roll band being bought into politics,religion, in fact just about anything but their music. For pity's sake behave will you and do a bit of growing up while you're at it

    April 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Immature American

      Yes we love our music and many other things about our culture. Maybe if the fine people of Wales had some passions in their lives besides Soccer and Drinking, you would have more to do than throw insults out there. By the way, did they not teach grammar or how to form a complete sentence at your university?

      April 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JC

    David Lee Roth is a Jew, and Jews are destroying America. To hell with Van Halen!

    Hope you break a hip Dave!

    January 8, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. teri

    I saw them twice on their last tour and they were AMAZING. Dave and Eddie had a blast and the crowd ate it up. Cant wait!!!

    December 29, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Not again

    Saw the last tour with Wolfy, sorry, not again. It's not VH without Mike. Wolfy is NOT a great bass player, he's a f-n kid and Eddie's a jerk.

    December 29, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. jeff

    Sammy and Mike could'nt work in that enviroment,so it was over.Did you know Wolfgang Van Halen makes more money than David Lee Roth?Roth has a separate managment team.It's funny that Roth would play without Mike ,but Sammy would'nt.Thanks for letting me rant for a while .I do have other interests.HaHAHA.Support Chickenfoot!!!!!! CHICKENFOOT is better anyways. Prediction: the new Van Halen album sucks ass.....BAD.

    December 29, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. jeff

    Van Halen was on hiatus from 1999 to 2004.Mike wanted to play music ,so he rekindled a friendship with Sammy.Mike was behind getting Sammy back in the band in 2004.Then Ed wanted Sammy back ,but not Mike.Sammy would'nt do it without Mike,so in order for Mike to do the tour,he had to sign away royalty rights .His future involvment was also contingent on the Van Halen brothers.HE WAS FIRED.The 2004 shows were a disaster 'cause Ed was wasted.(I was there,I saw it ,I want my money back.)

    December 29, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    The Van Halen family band featuring David Lee Roth. Roth was'nt @ ed's wedding was he? Real good friends right? Edward Van Halen is a spoiled low life ,enabled by his brother and his yes men.Roth is with them because he could'nt sell out a free concert @ a grocery store parking lot.Roth is a contract player.There are only 3 members of the "band".The family and that's it.Ed's always complaining that non-family band members don't act like 'bothers'.moron. Sammy got the shaft in 1996.Mike stayed with em 'cause he was lied to.After the Cherone album(after Cherone quit)A majority rules decision was made to give Ed and Al sole control of the band (3 to 1). Mike was made a contract player.

    December 29, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. rushman

    There great with both Roth and with Hagar I have seen both when they were with Van Halen and were great shows.

    December 29, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. rousch15

    I hope I get to see Van Halen again-this time WITH Roth, as I already saw them with Hagar during the 1988 Monsters of Rock tour along side Dokken, Scorpions, Kingdom Come and Metallica...back when METALLICA was cool!

    December 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kathy

    Their hair looks nice, and the glasses are a great way to cover-up their crows feet.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Musician

    Them dudes are my cousins and they gave me about 4 PhDs in music theory, composition, law, business and raised me. My husband is their best friend and cares for them. Poor Eddie has had it real bad with all of that cancer he had. Micheal Anthony wanted out of the band because his old lady did not want him to extensively tour and Wolfgang's mama did not want him to tour at all..Alex and Eddie made him do it and he had tutors and did homework on the road. They run him ragged and that is what it takes to be a good musician !

    December 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Willy Brown

    Eddie's checkbook is on "E" David L Roth's check book is on "E". Egos be damn time for a tour.. It won't last 2 months or till ones check book get filled first.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Locode

    Just a giant fail all the way around. Roth can't sing anymore, and Eddie is a wacked out junkie.

    Sammy rules.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Russ

    It is not a reunion without Michael Anthony!! I have been a VH fan all my life but Wolfgang will never take Mike's place.What did mike do to get kicked out of the band? When you listen to all the VH records and listen to the harmony on the background vocals; all of that is Mike. What was done to Mike by Eddie was mean and insensitive. If I want to see a kid play bass I'll go to a teen club. To me there never has been a reunion because Michael wasn't on the first tour with Roth in 2007. Screw nepotism. I'll pass!

    December 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Locode

      Mike's much better off with Sammy in Chickenfoot. This version of Van Halen is going to be terrible.

      December 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. nothing better to do

    You gotta give both these guys credit for getting hairstyles that match their age versus the guys that believe they still look good with ponytails at 60 years old!

    December 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. nothing better to do

    EVH must have gone permanently deaf as evidenced by 1) this photo and 2) the fact that he has agreed to do this. I'm giving 25-1 that once his hearing aid arrives this deal falls apart.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  21. VanHalenForever

    All these comments saying VH sux without Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony is a bunch of BEEE-ESSSS!!! Sammy was never that great as the lead singer in VH anyway. Don't get me wrong, I like him and his voice but he's become a freak. He's so odd with his talk of being abducted by aliens and all the other bizarre stuff he says, FREAK!! He's been dipping into the Cabo Wabo too much and it fried his brain!!! Michael is an awesome bassist but Wolfie needs his chance to prove what an awesome bassist he is too. Wolfegang needs his time to shine, he does, and is a great bassist! Besides, Sammy & Michael are doing just fine with their new band, Chickenfoot and Van Halen no longer needs them. David, Eddie, Alex, and Wolfie, that's how it should be. The band started with David, Eddie, and Alex anyhow, NOT Sammy. Sammy doesn't belong, David belongs as the frontman. David and Eddie are the epitome of Van Halen!! Hope they come to my city or close to it, cuz me & my ffriends are there!!! VAN HALEN FOREVER!!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Number one VH fan

    Welcome back boys Welcome back.... We missed you and Rock and Roll needs the kick in the A$$

    December 28, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  23. great band

    see you there van halen!

    December 28, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  24. Phil

    Call me when Michael Anthony is back – then I'll be interested. If I wanted to see a fat kid play bass like a statue, I'd get tickets.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • VanHalenForever

      "If I wanted to see a fat kid play bass like a statue, I'd get tickets."

      Aren't you being harsh? Wolfgang hasn't been on stage or doing concerts that long, just a few years. The young man is learning, his Dad and other bandmates will teach him to move around and do more over time. Give the young man a break, this is new to him. So what if he has some weight on him, big deal?? Most kids go through a chubby phase, he'll grow out of it, don't be an idiot to a teenager, how cruel can you be?? Wolfgang made his first appearance on stage when he was 13 yrs old, then again at 16 yrs old, that's when he actually toured with VH. There's NO teenager who can say they've done that or made that accomplishment. Sounds to me like you're jealous of Wolfgang because of him being so young and his accomplishments. When people put others down, or make fun of them and their appearance, usually means they're jealous of them in some way. I'm so sorry you're jealous of him and his life. So sorry you're so petty and have to make fun of someone's appearance. How small of you. 😐

      December 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Tea4One

    Any band who charges $300+ for tickets doesn't deserve to be seen. None of these people need the money, they're just gouging people who won't face it that VH sucks, always has and always KISS

    December 28, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • VHLover

      We got really good seats, they were not all $300 each. My wife knows how much I like Eddie and I was mesmerized by his playing. KISS is fine, they have lots of great songs, but "God gave rock and roll to you" , and to all of us so that we can listen to Van Halen.

      December 28, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ironic

      Kiss discovered Van Halen.

      December 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. JB21


    December 28, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  27. STN Halllen

    Glad to hear about the toor......sorry to see all these nut cases posting......I'm going to Fox for a while.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  28. William

    Excellent. I hope the new album doesn't have songs about "getting older", 'when we was fab in 1984", or similar. They should do a straight ahead album as though they never broke uo. After all, their demographic isn't exactly 17 year olds anymore.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      huh? do you want them to write songs about now or like their writing to 17 year olds 30 years ago....your comment makes no sense

      January 16, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  29. narfzort

    didn't these guys recently play some shows? i heard it didn't go too well. they got booed. wolfgang didn't fit the bill.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |


    December 28, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  31. VHLover

    My wife and I saw VH in 2007 and spent $600 for tickets. They were awesome. Eddie's guitar playing is second to none. Roth was great. We will be seeing them again in 2012. I have noticed a lot of comments that they are not great. If that is all you had to say, then you are not qualified to comment on this post and you don't truly know great rock and roll. This is real rock and roll. one more thing, what idiot brought politics into this?

    December 28, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  32. Gator Girl

    SERIOUSLY! Pedro, u dont have a clue? Get off and go back to ur twang crap. This is America and american music first of all. Alls i can say is diaper or not i would love to have their bank account. If i got that old and could still shake it more power to them, i agree though its a wast of $.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  33. Can't Waint

    The MIGHTY Van Halen returns. The greatest rock band of all time. Yep, all time.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jerry

    Haters saying has beens. Maybe, but so am I. VH was the Best rock band for years and my friends and I rocked out to them all the time. Any true young rock fan today will appreciate them. Just like I appreciate the raw rock and roll of the 60's. I am bothered that Micheal Anthony is not playing w/them. Cmon Eddie, put your ego to the side. Not the same without Michael background vocals.

    December 28, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  35. FX

    Van Halen without Michael Anthony is a waste of your money.

    December 28, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  36. fretlessbass

    David Lee Roth is King! Eddie Van Halen sucks. Eddie should be kicked out bring in Steve Vai and then add Mark Anthony."

    Best. Suggestion. Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  37. atroy

    I hope they play at my grandma's nursing home...everyone there will be so excited.

    December 28, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  38. ***Dude***

    Ya know? There's a lot of mean spirits out there trashing for the sake of trashing. Nice. Wish them well, goto the concert if ya want. Have fun.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  39. Durtmagert

    The bands last collab was the tow songs recorded for the greatest hits record

    December 28, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  40. southern_gent_from_mississippi

    I saw them when I was in high school. That was nearly 30 years ago. Theyve got to be 60-70 now πŸ™ Sorry but if I want to see elderly men in diapers, I would rather visit the nursing home. Have to admit tho, Ive got their best songs on a thumb with some other oldies and listen to them regularly πŸ™‚ Just dont think it would be the same seeing them play. Did get see weezy an crew play in new orleans, earlier this year, tho πŸ™‚ Floor seats with a dime half my age πŸ™‚ Why oh why do ppl call it a midlife 'crisis?' hahaha More like midlife fun, doin all the things you couldnt afford to do in youth. Anyways, nite nite world, peace and happy holidays to all πŸ™‚

    December 28, 2011 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • FX

      you are miserable πŸ™‚

      December 28, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      they are not 50 nor are they 70 ... let me see you play the electric guitar at 55 years old like Van Halen does...there is only 1 shut up and go listen to your Bieber cd's

      December 28, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  41. Gary

    Dear Eddie,

    Well, you must be running low on funds. A new album? It's been what, 13 years since your last so-called piece of work Eddie? (Van Halen III) I respected you until Hagar was fired from VH and I heard all the crap you talked about him afterward in the media. Note: Eddie, you're NOT a bad-a**, and you're not going to kick anyone else's a**. What are you Eddie, a buck-forty dripping wet? Wow, that's scary man, really intimidating! Once a great axe-man – YES! An intimidating bad a** brawler, HELL NO! Get it?

    YOU BLEW IT! Hagar was the best thing that ever happened to your band. Too bad you fried your brain and pi**ed away your once phenomenal talent. Anyone that needs to see just how bad your band is now should swing by Youtube for a moment. Just look at a couple of videos from your last tour. One word...pathetic. SAVE YOUR MONEY PEOPLE! My once favorite band is now a joke.

    Hagar may be older than you Eddie, but he has been running circles around you since 1996. How many albums has he put out since then? You? Does he need the money? No, he simply loves what he does. He's still kicking a** without all of the VH drama. What happened to you Eddie? Too busy selling amps, guitars, and stomp boxes? Thirteen years! Do you really even like making music anymore? Is that creative tank running on empty?

    I never could stand Roth as Van Halen's front man. What ever limited talent the guy had has been gone for almost 20 years. The man has no range, no class, and not one humble bone in his body. One word: LOSER! He doesn't carry Hagar's jock on his BEST day!

    While I admire and respect artists (any age) who can still perform at a high level, I have no interest in seeing a has-been guitarist, an talentless ego maniac on vocals, an over-rated drummer who's been riding your coat-tails all his life, and a porker kid on bass that has no business being in the band. IT'S FREAKIN' STUPID EDDIE....THREE OLD-TIMERS, AND A TEENAGER. Do you know how ridiculous you look?

    So, you have a NEW band Eddie? Fine with me, just don't call it Van Halen. Call it something about "Clash of Egos"? "Three Geezers and a Kid"? Something honest at least.

    The world's greatest band is gone.

    December 28, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  42. ibrad

    Coming in 2012 right here & right now ....LIVE ON DAVE TV !

    December 28, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  43. Please stop now


    December 28, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  44. Donkey Party

    Where the hell are your moderators CNN??? Looks like you've let the lunatics take over the asylum here.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  45. Hector

    I saw the VH 1980 invasion show, it was unforgetable and one of the best concerts I've ever seen. I'm looking forward to their new material. AlthoughI don't expect it to be as good you just never know.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  46. forsammy

    what?? No Sammy. This is not Van Halen at its finest.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  47. ^^v^^

    They are NOT the trendy little brainless, talentless, gomers who learned to talk fast in the 3rd grade while shaking their arms and pretending to be tough. This is Van Halen and they can musically outperform anyone in your gay little iPOD with one hand tied behind their back.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  48. George

    They are not "the Bieb" so you can go back to your room now little one.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  49. beeper

    I'm excited about the reunion, but a little concerned about the inflamed mass in DLR's mouth seen in this promotional picture.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael Westen

      Good observation re: Diamond Dave. Hope he's seeing a doctor. Looking forward to his high karate kicks on stage.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  50. daddy justin bieber

    Ahhh...just like seeing Black Sabbath back in the day. BS would cancel half their concert dates, the day before. Due to drug ODs at the road parties. Ahh the memories.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  51. No Ass-less_pants,


    December 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  52. chris

    As much as I like the idea, it will fall through before it ever gets started.

    December 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  53. chris


    December 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Booberry

    Sammy indeed was supposed to be the original singer of the band. They finally got him and then everyone complained!

    December 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wrong

      That's not even close to true. Dave joined the band because it was cheaper than renting his PA if he was their singer. They were unsigned kids playing backyard parties.

      December 28, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  55. 4More

    Are all the 99%ers going to see the 1%?

    December 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  56. madhater

    Wolfgang was in the studio, showing Michael Anthony how to play the songs.

    December 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  57. erich2112x

    Van Halen-1978 is still one of the best rock albums ever released.

    December 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  58. ross

    What happened to Gary Cherone? Best VH Frontman ever...

    December 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Sammy_Rocks

    They should do a tour with Sammy and Mike.

    December 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Robert

    A rolling stone gathers no moss and VH will ROCK. Ed is a bad @$$ on the gutiar. Everybody wants to play like him everyone copys his style in some form whan they play. He has had more pie then america eats on thanksgiving so you kids that dont know quit wackin off pick up a gutiar and learn to play. Dave never hit the highs so he does not have to hit them now. I have my kramer it rocks.You kids wont know what thats about either. They dont use them on a Ga Ga CD

    December 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  61. HockeyDave

    Eddie is a guitar God! Roth is terrible! IWon't even be able to come close hitting the notes and now no Michael Anthony to cover up for him. Does "Wolfie" sing?

    December 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Hack

    There are some YT videos of a few concerts very early. A couple of them are very powerful.
    Musicianship can get in the way a lot of the times to raw energy. There really is nothing like it.
    Rock & Roll kiddies.

    December 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Robert Artola

    No Michael Anthony?? No Van Halen!! Anyone who knows Van Halen truly realizes without Anthony, its not a reunion!!

    December 27, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Metal Dave

      I totally agree Robert. I think that Michael Anthony is one of the best bass players on the planet, and that's not even including his harmony vocals. Even though his name is not "Van Hallen"...I consider him just as much part of Van Halen as Eddie and Alex. "Wolfie" might be able to hold his own (as one writer mentioned)...but he is a far cry from Michael. I'll probably still see the tour, as the last Van Halen show I saw was the Diver Down tour. I'm only going because of Diamond Dave, and I do like Eddie and Alex. If no one here has seen Chickenfoot yet...check them out! They are damn good! Hell...Joe Satriani is the guitar player...what more can you ask for!?

      December 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  64. gricha


    December 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Rock lives

    Can CNN block this psycho ?

    December 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Double-Oh Seven

    If you made a list of the ten greatest rock and roll bands of all-time, Van Halen is one of them. Welcome back to the legends.

    December 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCG

      Eh, not quite, not even close...

      December 28, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  67. JC

    For those wondering whether the world would be ending in 2012, here is proof positve that it is.

    December 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  68. omg

    I hope they cover that's a beat

    December 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Elisa Jordana

    Looks like the mental hospital let out early today.

    December 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ndiezel

    They are has-been gay liberal hippy white draft dodgers that need their original bass player back to sing harmonies because the one they have now holds his own while on tour. And they are sober gay clowns.

    December 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dennis

    You don’t recognize your dad and your other dad?

    December 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Aaron Russo

    Hey I am a huge fan and am so glad Roth is back but it's not the lineup that made them stars. They need to get Michael Anthony back in the mix and put on a real VH tour. I saw VH with Roth twice after he rejoined and Wolfgang held his own as far as a player but he didn't write those bass lines and he sure as heck can't sing those harmonies. The world has waited a long time for a true VH reunion. Come on guys give us just one tour of the original lineup.

    December 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  73. shantaal

    Yeah. They are hippies. Dirty long haired flea ridden lice infested hippies. They need to join the army and learn some discipline. Maybe then these 2 dirty hippys might amount to something.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  74. ProperVillain

    EXCELLENT! Most triumphant!

    December 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  75. mandy

    I think lesbeans are gay people that are extra gay. And gay people with long hair.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Boo

    Who cares? They sucked then....they'll suck now. Eddie Van Halen is the most over-rated guitarist on the planet – all noise and "technique" – no emotion or feeling. Boooooring.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • pismire

      Over-rated? You're an 1d1ot dude. I'm not a van halen mark, but I will not deny the influence that bad had on many to follow. The original VH was a powerhouse. Eddie's guitar was all about soul. He put his into every song. You're insane if you can't grant him that. A true original / pioneer in the industry. Van Hagar was okay from a technical perspective. A tight sound, well produced, that's about it. Hagar belonged in Montrose. That's where he shined. He was good on his own too. Should never have joned VH. They went mainstream crap rock with him. DLR is the man.

      December 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock lives

      Your right Boo -who needs VH -hey i hear Yah-nee is coming & Kenny G is opening -can't wait !!!

      December 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • rezchick

      EVH is overrated? Ever watched him play Cathedral or Eruption? Rate him on his talent, not on whether or not you "like his personality."

      December 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  77. happytam

    So happy to hear this. When are they coming to central NY?? I have to get my tickets now. Seriously!!

    December 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      CENTRAL NEW YORK! Rock on!!!! Anywhere from Jamestown to Albany and I'm there!!

      December 28, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  78. denise

    ooops. I thought they were talking about Jon BonJovi. Sorry. All those gay people look alike to me.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  79. @pedro' ramirez II

    What the hell is a lesbean?

    December 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  80. pedro' ramirez II

    or maybe he just acts that way.

    December 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  81. pedro' ramirez II

    Eddie is just sooooo gay though. He is qeeeeeermo gay. Like a lesbean.

    December 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  82. bellamorte

    Sammy was the worst thing that ever happened to van halen. if michael anthony took his side, then good riddance to him.

    December 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveSD

      Its about timing that is all. Michael Anthony is in another band in which he is under contract for 2 more albums and another tour. That band is Chickenfoot. He doesnt have the time to do an album and a tour. However, the timing for Chad Smith, drummer of Chickenfoot is different. Chad Smith is also the drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chickenfoot just finished their tour when RHCP went into sessions for their latest album. When they finish their tour next summer, that is when Chickenfoot goes back into the studio. It is all about timing when you are in multiple bands.

      December 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  83. bellamorte

    what happened to Micheal Anthony?

    December 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BriScrye

      He took Sammy's side... πŸ™

      December 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Van Hagar Fan

      Wolfgang came of age. Sammy was supposed to be the original front man BEFORE Roth. I remember when he joined and people were all saying "finally – Van Halen has a voice" (Including EVH). I like both versions of the group and if their new album (oops just dated me by saying that) is any good – they should have a great tour. I don't care if they are liberals, I don't care if they are gay, I don't care about what they do off stage – THE MUSIC is what I go to a concert for, not a political agenda. What do all of you go to concerts for?

      December 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      michael anthony fell out of favor with the whole eddie and alex vs sammy haggar debacle.

      December 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie

      Wolfgang u r an idiot. Van Halen formed with Eddie, Alex, Mike, and David long before any of them had ever heard of Sammy Hagar. Hagar did a great job as a stand in, but that is all he ever was. Saw his first tour with them, was incredible! All the old music sounded almost as good as with Roth. The new music? Not so much. There was never supposed to be any other singer than David.

      December 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MBach5150

      Van Hagar Fan is correct. Eddie and Alex were big fans of Montrose (Sammys first band) and did try and kick Dave out and recruit Sammy before the 1st album. They even shared the stage with Sammy in the early 80s.

      December 28, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      If you go to you can listen to Michael himself say that Eddie did not want him on the 2004 reuinion tour with Sammy Hagar and made him sign some papers limiting his rights to VAN HALEN songs. It had nothing to do with his so called "alliance" with Sammy Hagar. The 2004 tour ended shorter than anticipated because Ed was using and there was infighting between bandmembers. The 2004 tour came about when Roth and Hagar went on tour together and they couldn't get along and that ended abruptly also. Then Sammy called Alex about a reuinion tour over dinner and that's how 2004 came about. Ed wanted Mike out in 2004.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Dave

    People who know music know that EVH is one of the best guitarist in the world. The best in my book, but that's up for debate. You can call the old has been's if you want but in 2008 they sold out just about every arena while on tour. With a new album coming out in Feb and a tour behind it I am sure it will produce record breaking concert sales. DLR is in pretty good shape and still has the same energy he did back in 1984. Music never dies and =VH= still rocks!

    December 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  85. sober

    Eddis is sober now, due to serious health issues. Hopefully this will be a good thing. Rock on Van Halen !! true fans stick together

    December 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  86. madhater

    These guy are really good rappers!

    December 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Thilde

    I'm so going! I saw them in 1982. AWESOME.

    December 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      30 years later.........the show won't be nearly as me. They are old, and have been out of circulation for a while now. So expect an average show if you go. They have to be a bit rusty by now.

      December 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeSuisRacerX

      yeah, really ... consider for example: RUSH Age appears to be no barrier for great bands with appreciative fans.

      December 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Stavros

    One thing is for sure, Eddie will be drunk for most of the tour, then he'll blame Dave if there are problems.

    December 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock lives

      Eddie's been sober for years-but yes they will probably fight -how do you get along with your brother ?

      December 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • gemini61

      One thing's for sure....YOU deserve a BIG "L" on your forehead.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      Eddie's been sober for years...get your info straight or shut up. people talk without any proper information.

      December 28, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  89. Lancester

    Stay home you old has beens.....

    December 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^^v^^

      Yes. "Has been" one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Something none of your little Paddy-Cake, Paddy-Cake Baker's Man idols will ever be.

      December 28, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • gina

      see you soon Van Halen!

      December 28, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  90. Snarky

    Get'm Dr. Rockso.

    December 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  91. pedro' ramirez II

    They are liberal stooges. Ones that probably much on dooodiecicles.

    December 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  92. pedro' ramirez II

    I am mexican. Ole. I think these 2 gaymiesters will fit nicely together.

    December 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JusDav

      You are not mexi, no way could you use Meister in such a well derived form if you were Mexi.

      C U at the concert peso ramit too

      December 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Observer

    Has been musical hacks. My guess is that the egos involved won't even stick together until the first concert date. Given that they are well known as outspoken liberals, this sort of infighting should only be expected.

    December 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Thank you for sharing your stupid comment

      December 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • j.d.

      I agree with scott!

      December 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      They may have big egos but they are not young ego driven artists anymore. They are middle-aged business men. Despite personal differences they opportunity to make millions of dollars surpasses all!!!

      December 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock lives

      Yes they are old but Eddie still has more musical talent n his pinky than katy perry,kesha , & lady gag me rolled up into one. You young uns wouldn't know talent if it bit you on the...

      December 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie


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    • Ben

      Since when do Bieber fans have legit opinions?

      December 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealDeal

      Sorry your family is all dead, you miserable piece of s**t.

      December 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^^v^^

      outspoken liberals???
      Well...leave it to some uptight, little conservative weasel to throw politics into rock-n-roll. Un-freakin-believable!!

      December 28, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      You should go back in your room and finsh listening to your new Bieber CD now.

      December 28, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Maybe someday you too will have a great band that gets back together, wait, none of the groups today have "Bands" because they are so self absorbed they only have themselves.

      December 28, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • gemini61

      Typical response from a nobody who is jealous. I would guess you have no life in comparison to the success these guys have had over the past 35 years.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Warren Helms

      Everything you said was wrong. Even the liberal part, Eddie is a full on right wing, red neck, nut job. Incredibly talented but full on republican. And i'm not saying all republicans are red neck nut jobs, but Eddie is.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • ha ha

      i also agree with scott , and EDDIE YOU ROCK!!!

      December 28, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Winston5

      who asked you, tard?

      December 28, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      Wow.. I'm sure if you look you can find a Pat Boone, or maybe Glenn Campbell concert. That should be right up your alley.

      December 28, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • MARINA


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    • JOEY


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    • STEVE


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    • JS


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    • MM


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    • CI

      I betcha the observer has his tickets already...haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      December 28, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      listen you tween, get back to watching sponge bob and leave the adults alone.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Aaron


    December 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Seriously awesome!!!!!!

      December 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      Van Halen was only awesome with Sammy Haggar. I liked Roth's vocals, but not him, personally.

      December 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Not without Sammy.....

      December 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raj

      Sammy Sucks. There is no Van Halen without David Lee Roth!

      December 28, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Homer

      David Lee Roth is King! Eddie Van Halen sucks. Eddie should be kicked out bring in Steve Vai and then add Mark Anthony.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • drp146

      Haven't you heard? Sammy's been abducted by aliens again. Sammy is a good singer, but Van Halen without David Lee Roth would never be anything but second best. Roth is one of the great front men in rock, not the greatest, but certainly among the best. His voice is a big part of what made the band a success in the first place. And Eddie is Eddie, a legendary guitarist for a good reason, he is that good.

      December 28, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • samuel

      i LOVE THE RED ROCKER, i have EVERY ONE of his records. EXCEPT for those with Van Halen. For some reason i dont like him at all with VH. ps y'all Roth lovers have to go to youtube and watch Eat'em and Smile vids with Steve Vai and David with that RIDQlous warror make up. you'll be back in a time machine as soon as it starts. whatta retard. ya gotta lov'em! Peace out haters.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAMMY


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    • DeeNYC

      they'll make some money then they'll kick him out again because he's too annoying and eddie is a control freak. But i do love them together. sammy hagar sucked.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      This should be the Super bowl halftime show.....

      December 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BirdEster

      my classmate's sister-in-law makes $87 hourly on the computer. She has been out of work for 5 months but last month her pay was $8651 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more... LazyCash5.čom

      December 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Anthony

      It ain't Van Halen without me. FAIL. Eddie's a doo doo head.

      December 29, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |

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