Van Halen have pulled all their summer tour dates. Sammy Hagar goes 'well, duh':
"They're hard people to get along with, those brothers," Hagar told The Associated Press on Friday. "Otherwise I'd still be in the band.I do like the subtle suggestion that 'hey, I'm probably the easiest-going guy in the world, and even I couldn't keep on with them' there.
"I'm surprised it took this long" for the tour to experience major difficulties, he added. "I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner. I lost money on that bet!"
Hagar is currently touring with Chickenfoot, and is using the tour - in part - to help raise support for food banks across America. Which is probably more important than anything he did with Van Halen.
Van Halen, for their part, are denying that there's any animosity involved in the cancelation (which they call a postponement, but isn't until they announce new dates):
The Van Halen News Desk now has some answers form our trusted and proven sources. Other than those Summer dates having to be moved, it’s actually good news.Or at least the USD93million they made from the last tour soothes a lot of trouble.
First off, no one in the band is sick. No health problems.
Second, we knew right away that Rolling Stone’s “source” is completely wrong, and can not possibly be a person with actual inside knowledge of the tour, because all four band members have been getting along splendidly throughout the entire tour. Roth and the Van Halen’s talk every day, and they are all smiles on stage. Everyone who’s seen the tour or even youtube videos can confirm that.
In fact, the band is on such a high from playing together this year and they were really taken aback by the Rolling Stone quote. They’re older and wiser and haven’t had any issues with one another.
The official line is that the band are just keen that the second leg of their tour be "as awesome" as the first, and for that, they need to take a little break. Because, obviously, people who've been playing in bands for well over forty years would be surprised at the workload involved in live gigs and wouldn't realise until a few weeks before the dates that it might be too much for them.