Van Halen, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time, announced their return to the live stage with an extraordinary 2012 North American tour. The announcement was made late last night, during a once-in-a-lifetime performance, at the intimate Café Wha? in New York City. Known around the world for some of the most iconic live performances in music history, the legendary rock band will begin their tour on February 18. Kool & The Gang will join Van Halen for select tour dates.
Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning January 14 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
In addition, Van Halen confirmed their new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, will be released in the U.S. by Interscope Records on February 7. The first single from the album, “Tattoo”, and its accompanying video will be debut simultaneously on Tuesday, January 10th, with album pre-orders starting that day. A Different Kind Of Truth is Van Halen’s first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band’s classic multi-platinum album 1984.
Fans can expect Van Halen to perform selections from A Different Kind Of Truth alongside songs from their arsenal of epic hits that include: “Eruption,” “Running with the Devil,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” “You Really Got Me,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Everybody Wants Some,” “Unchained,” “And The Cradle Will Rock,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Mean Street,” “Somebody Get Me A Doctor,” “Jump,” “Panama,” “Hot For Teacher,” “I’ll Wait,” and more from their classic albums Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down and 1984.
Van Halen – who the Los Angeles Times recently called “a force of nature” and “one of the flat-out greatest rock bands on the planet” – was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2007.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band’s record of achievement is hard to top. Among a long list of awards, recognition and accolades, Van Halen joins an elite short list of two time Diamond Award honorees in the history of the music industry. Presented with two Diamond Award RIAA Certified Status’ for their albums Van Halen and 1984, the band has produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come.
Kool & The Gang found a special sound at the unique intersection of jazz, R&B, funk and pop. Their music has been created by the same core of players for over thirty years: Robert “Kool” Bell, his brother Khalis Bayyan, their longtime friends Dennis “DT” Thomas and George “Funky” Brown.
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The full list of Van Halen 2012 North American tour dates:
2/18/12, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
2/20/12, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
2/22/12, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
2/24/12, United Center, Chicago, IL
2/28/12, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
3/1/12, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
3/3/12, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
3/5/12, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
3/9/12, First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY
3/11/12, TD Garden, Boston, MA
3/15/12, Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
3/17/12, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
3/21/12, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON
3/24/12, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
3/28/12, Verizon Center, Washington, DC
3/30/12, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
4/1/12, Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
4/10/12, BankAtlantic Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL
4/12/12, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
4/14/12, Amway Arena, Orlando, FL
4/16/12, Jacksonville Arena, Jacksonville, FL
4/19/12, Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
4/21/12, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
4/25/12, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
4/27/12, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
5/1/12, BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
5/5/12, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
5/7/12, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
5/9/12, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
5/11/12, Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
5/17/12, MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
5/19/12, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
5/22/12, Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
5/24/12, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
5/27/12, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
6/1/12, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
6/3/12, Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
6/5/12, HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
6/12/12, Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
6/14/12, Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
6/16/12, US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
6/20/12, American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
6/22/12, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
6/24/12, Toyota Center, Houston, TX
6/26/12, New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA