VAN HALEN announced the details of its reunion tour with original singer David Lee Roth at press conference earlier today in Los Angeles. The arena tour kicks off September 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and continues through December 11 in Calgary, Alberta. Tickets go on sale this Saturday. The tour would be the first in 22 years to feature Roth behind the mic, with guitarist Eddie Van Halen´s teenage son Wolfgang replacing founding member Michael Anthony on bass.
Excerpts from VAN HALEN reunion tour press conference:
On how the band is getting along:
Eddie Van Halen: "We´re getting along better than we ever have before."
On why founding bassist Michael Anthony is not part of the reunion:
David Lee Roth: "Michael Anthony is part of this band´s history. This band has many alumni. I am one of them."
On the setlist for the upcoming tour:
David Lee Roth: "We decided to do everything you´d expect, but make it high speed, low drag. Everything that got me fired from radio."
On the decision earlier in the year to postpone the so Eddie could head to rehab:
Eddie Van Halen: "None of us wanted to give you less than our best. We are at our best."
David Lee Roth: "This is not like THE POLICE. The idea is that this will go on and on and on. This is like a brotherhood like it never was before."