Van Halen has now officially canceled the 31 North American tour dates it initially postponed in May, according to Pollstar.com. Although the band itself has not confirmed the cancellations, Pollstar reported that Ticketmaster was listing all shows after June 26th as canceled, with refunds now available at the point of purchase. The shows, which were supposed to begin on July 7th, included stops in Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Sacramento, Reno and Milwaukee.
The fact that the shows have now been scrapped completely, as opposed to just postponed to a later date, will probably fuel another round of speculation about the future of the band and its internal relationships.
Both singer David Lee Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen denied rumors that they were fighting again on the road, with fatigue and an over-ambitious schedule given as the reasons for curtailing the group's live work.
Eddie told USA Today last month that the band will resume touring in November with shows in Japan, adding, "In the new year, we'll possibly do something special, but I can't talk about it." The group is also said to be a top contender to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in early 2013.
Eddie also told Guitar World in a new interview that the band intends to stick around for a while, saying, "It feels more like a band and a family than it ever has . . . We're all very opinionated about things, but it's all for the benefit of the music."
The band has been supporting its new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, Van Halen's first album in 14 years and first with Roth since 1984.