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Van Halen Yank 30-Plus Tour Dates With No Explanation

Diamond Dave / Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty

Van Halen seem to have postponed 30 of their North American tour dates scheduled from early July till late September. Pollstar reports (via Blabbermouth) that United Concerts, the promoter for the band’s Salt Lake City gig September 4, has released a statement announcing that it has been “temporarily postponed,” and that ticketholders should wait for further instruction before burning the city down in a rage deciding to sell or throw them away. The SLC date and 29 others have since been quietly scrubbed from the band’s website, but so far neither Van Halen nor their people have officially come out and confirmed the pause.

The postponements follow reports and videos yesterday of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth snapping at a fan at the band’s Winnipeg show for tossing what looked like an empty water bottle onstage while the band was covering Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.” That cover has also pissed people off before — a fight broke out at a New Hampshire performance, and Diamond Dave chewed out the brawling fans then, too. Van Halen have an even longer history of scrapping with each other, of course (remember, for a brief period of time, Gary Cherone fronted this band). Unsurprisingly, Rolling Stone reports that the band has, indeed, been “arguing like mad” of late.

Fans in the cities where dates have been postponed (as well as those just looking for a laugh) should check out SPIN editor Steve Kandell’s ridiculous review of that ridiculous Van Halen show at Cafe Wha? tied to their new album in January.

Van Halen 2012 Tour (Dates That Are Still On):
May 19 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
May 22 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
May 24 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
May 27 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 01 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
June 03 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
June 05 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
June 12 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
June 14 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
June 16 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
June 20 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
June 22 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
June 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
June 26 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena