Van Halen has recently cancelled a few shows, but without so much of an explanation or announcement they will be rescheduled. It has left fans a little confused and as everyone knows in Van Halen Land, such a move merely green-light's a flurry of rumors and hearsay.
As of this moment, my two most trusted long time VH sources are yet to report back. I hope to have something more tomorrow. But there is a lot of speculation out there and I will print a bit of what my regular sources have picked up.
First - there hasn't been much press in light of the cancellations, but there has been this:
Van Halen postpones, By Shane Harrison / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Reformed rock behemoth Van Halen, which recently played at Philips Arena, has postponed Monday's date at Gwinnett Arena. The band's show scheduled for the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., has also been postponed. No word as to the reason behind the show delays, but we'll post it here as soon as we know. Promoter Live Nation says that tickets for the February 25 event will be honored for the rescheduled Gwinnett event, but ticket refunds will be available at the original point of purchase."
From: www.charlottesvillenewsplex.tv/news/headlines/15948427.html / "It's all over the internet, Van Halen canceled their show because of fight between band members at a club on the Downtown Mall, but is it true? We investigated and found out that yes, Van Halen's crew was at Rapture Thursday night, the night before they were supposed to play at the John Paul Jones Arena. But the bar says there was no altercation and Rapture had nothing to do with why Van Halen canceled the show."
Now, the strongest rumor per what I have been told:
- There are suggestions that Eddie is having health issues to do with his hearing and that is starting to impact on how well he is playing. He keeps making mistakes and forgets where he is in songs and that in turn has started to frustrate David Lee Roth. There is a lot of talk about a blow-up after one of the most recent shows, where Eddie lost patience again towards or at the end of the show. It was at this point it was decided to take a small break before re-examining things - hence the cancellations of a few current shows (but not all upcoming shows).
DLR is very frustrated at this, Eddie is also frustrated, but I'm told there is still a desire to make things work.
- There is also speculation and talk that Eddie is drinking again, due to his health frustrations, but that remains unconfirmed. As stated I'm still waiting to hear from my 2 best and most trusted sources...sorry it isn't more right now, but stay tuned.