Rumors abound about Van Halen's postponement of tour dates

Van Halen members Eddie Van Halen, right, and David Lee Roth perform at Cafe Wha? in New York, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Van Halen members Eddie Van Halen, right, and David Lee Roth perform at Cafe Wha? in New York, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Burned out? Fighting?

Rumors are swirling about the reason behind Van Halen's postponement of 31 upcoming concert dates, including a scheduled Aug. 4 stop at Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena.

Rollingstone.com quotes a "source with knowledge of the tour" as saying,

"The band is arguing like mad. They are fighting." The source was also quoted as saying, "They hate each other."

Meanwhile, celebrity-news website tmz.com counters that with another unnamed source saying rumors of feuding is "total B.S." TMZ also quotes a source as saying, "They're simply burned out. ... They want to make sure their concerts are not a routine. ... They want every performance to be special."

A statement posted today on vhnd.com (the "Van Halen News Desk") refutes the Rolling Stone source and appears to somewhat corroborate the TMZ story. It says, in part, "Van Halen is very enthusiastic about the rest of the tour and wants be on the road for a long time. Just how long remains to be seen, but we’ll say that the tour will probably continue into next year. ... As it stands now, the 31 postponed US shows are due to be rescheduled. There should be some sort of official announcement forthcoming."

The tour, which has reportedly been selling well, will continue through a June 26 stop in New Orleans.

Those who have tickets for the Knoxville show, which first went on sale on April 28, should direct questions about refunds to to www.knoxvilletickets.com, 865-656-4444.

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