Van Halen tour dates announced

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Ever since the news was released last week that Van Halen is going back on tour with original lead man David Lee Roth, and that this lineup is recording a new album, the Internet has practically been buzzing with excitement about it. Well, more information is here at last! Late last night the band finally released the tour dates during a highly anticipated performance at New York City's Cafe Wha?.

The tour begins on February 18 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY, and ends on June 26 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. There will be forty-five concerts by the time everything is said and far, at least. Jazz, funk, and soul band Kool & the Gang will join Van Halen on certain dates. From the press release, it appears the set list will include some songs from the new album as well as a cross-section of hits from throughout the band's history.

The new Van Halen album, titled A Different Kind of Truth, will be released on February 7. The first single off the album, "Tattoo," is dropping on Tuesday. The current U.S. tour dates are listed below. Van Halen's last tour was in 2008.

2/18Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
2/20Detroit, MIThe Palace of Auburn Hills
2/22Indianapolis, INBankers Life Fieldhouse
2/24Chicago, ILUnited Center
2/28New York, NYMadison Square Garden
3/01New York, NYMadison Square Garden
3/03Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
3/05Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Arena
3/09Buffalo, NYFirst Niagra Center
3/11Boston, MATD Garden
3/24Atlantic City, NJBoardwalk Hall
3/28Washington, DCVerizon Center
3/30Pittsburgh, PAConsol Energy Center
4/01Rosemont, ILAllstate Arena
4/10Fort Lauderdale, FLBankAtlantic Center
4/12Tampa, FLTampa Bay Times Forum
4/14Orlando, FLAmway Arena
4/16Jacksonville, FLJacksonville Arena
4/19Atlanta, GAPhilips Arena
4/21Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum
4/25Charlotte, NCTime Warner Cable Arena
4/27Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
5/01Tulsa, OKBOK Center
5/05Tacoma, WATacoma Dome
5/19St. Paul, MNXcel Energy Center
5/22Kansas City, MOSprint Center
5/24Denver, COPepsi Center
5/27Las Vegas, NVMGM Grand Garden Arena
6/01Los Angeles, CAStaples Center
6/03Oakland, CAOracle Arena
6/05San Jose, CAHP Pavilion
6/12Anaheim, CAHonda Center
6/14San Diego, CAViejas Arena
6/16Phoenix, AZUS Airways Center
6/20Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
6/22San Antonio, TXAT&T Center
6/24Houston, TXToyota Center
6/26New Orleans, LANew Orleans Arena

There will also be several dates in Canada. You can find tickets by visiting the Van Halen page.

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