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Prepare to "jump" when Van Halen goes back on tour for the first time in almost four years! The tour will feature most of the classic lineup, including David Lee Roth. Check out the schedule below to find a tour date and buy Van Halen tickets.
Following up on their successful 2007-2008 tour, which saw the Van Halen brothers reunite with David Lee Roth, Van Halen is heading back out on the road with a large arena tour! The tour will feature new songs from Van Halen's first album since 1998, and their first with Roth since he left the band in 1985. The setlist will also contain a healthy selection of classic Van Halen songs like "Jump," "Jamie's Cryin'," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Running with the Devil." Van Halen tickets are on sale now, so find a tour date and buy today!
Van Halen was one of the most influential rock bands of the 1980s, but it dates back to 1972 in Pasadena, CA, when Eddie and Alex Van Halen formed the band Mammoth. Soon after David Lee Roth was brought aboard as lead singer in leiu of paying him rent for equipment. Mammoth built a major following in California. A couple years later they later changed their name to Genesis, but when the band learned that their name was already being used they changed it again to Van Halen. In 1977, Gene Simmons saw the band at a Los Angeles club and with his help the band signed with Warner Bros. Records.
Their self-titled first album featured two hit songs, "Runnin' with the Devil" and a cover of the Kinks' 1964 hit "You Really Got Me." The album went on to sell more than six million copies. What followed was a string of immensely popular albums, including Van Halen II (1979), Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), Diver Down (1982), and 1984 (1984).
Each of those albums was recorded with David Lee Roth on lead vocals, but in 1985 Roth left Van Halen to pursue a solo career and was replaced in the band by established rock vocalist Sammy Hagar. Hagar's stint with the group began with a string of albums that went multi-platinum. Albums included 5150 (1986) and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991). Following Balance (1995), tensions began to rise between Hagar and Eddie Van Halen. Hagar was against the recording of the Best of… album because he refused to perform any songs that were originated by David Lee Roth. Hagar ultimately left Van Halen in 1996.
Following Hagar's departure, the band hired Gary Cherone, who joined them on their 11th album Van Halen III. Consisting of songs that were much more experimental than on previous albums, it failed to meet up to the band's sales expectations. That combined with a poorly attended supporting tour led Cherone to leave Van Halen in 2007. Following this the band went on hiatus for a few years to regroup. Hagar briefly rejoined in 2004 for the first Van Halen tour since 1998, but left immediately after it. Bassist Michael Anthony also left the band in 2006.
After Hagar's second departure, the rumor mill went into overdrive regarding a Van Halen/Roth reunion. The speculation finally bore fruit in 2007 when Roth returned for a long-running tour. Afterwards, Van Halen, now with Roth fully back on board, and Eddie's son Wolfgang taking on the bass role, went into the studio to record their next album. That album, A Different Kind of Truth, is the first with all new material in 14 years.