Diamond Dave will be hooking back up with the Van Halen clan to hit the road on a tour so massive, it will rival anything from their hey day in ’84-’85. While this is not a reunion of the original lineup – bassist Michael Anthony will continue to be missing from the stage and Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, will be handling the bass – it will give the chance for the band to redeem themselves after they cancelled all shows midway into their 2013 tour.
Kenny Wayne Shepard is serving as the opening act for the entire tour. You can see what you are in store for next week when the band preforms on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The band is claiming it to be the first US television performance with David Lee Roth, implying they have already done this with “the red rocker” Sammy Hagar. This announcement contradicts Eddie Van Halen’s previous statement earlier this year that the band had no plans to record or tour.
Roth and the Van Halen Brothers have seen their relationship take its ups and downs over the years. After the initial break up, Roth and Van Halen, who replaced him with singer Sammy Hagar, both saw success on their own until the ’90’s rolled around, and neither party could find their way in a post-Nirvana landscape. They tried a pre-mature reunion with Roth in the late ’90’s, which led to Hagar quitting the band. Now, after recording an album together and some time spent back on the road, the union hopes to rekindle the fire they had in the ’80’s.
The tour launches July 5th in Seattle , WA then continues on with the following dates: July 7th in Portland, OR; July 9th in Concord, CA; July 11th in San Bernadino, CA; July 14th in Irvine, CA; July 16th in Mountain View, CA; July 18th in Salt Lake City, Utah; July 20th in Morrison, CO; July 22nd in Kanas City, MO; July 24th in Chicago, IL; July 26th in St. Louis, MO; July 28th in Pittsburgh, PA; July 30th in Bangor, ME; August 1st in Boston, MA; August 3rd in Cleveland, OH; August 5th in London, ON; August 7th in Toronto, ON; August 9th in Holmdel, NJ; August 11th in Hartford, CT; August 13th in Wantagh, NY; August 23rd in Hershey, PA; August 25th in Darien Center, NY; August 27th in Camden, NJ; August 29th in Washington, DC; August 31st in Cincinnati, OH; September 2nd in Indianapolis, IN; September 4th in Detroit, MI; September 6th in Bethel, NY; September 9th in Raleigh, NC; September 11th in Charlotte, NC; September 13th in Tampa, FL; September 15th in West Palm Beach, FL; September 17th in Birmingham, AL; September 21st in Austin, TX; September 23rd in Dallas, TX; September 25th in Houston, TX; September 28th in Phoenix, AZ; September 30th in San Diego, CA. The tour will end on October 2nd in Hollywood, CA.
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