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Van Halen European Tour Not Happening, Says Irving Azoff
Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.
In comments picked up by multiple media outlets, Roth said on the Sirius Opie & Anthony radio show yesterday that Van Halen were "going to be playing Europe -- probably 50 or 60 shows starting at the end of this year."
Azoff begs to differ. "All the announced dates, which include the date in Australia, the dates in Japan and a date in Wisconsin, are confirmed and on sale and those are real," Azoff tells Billboard exclusively. "I manage the Van Halens, and I know nothing about any European tour."
While he wasn't sure what Roth was talking about, Azoff confirms that Roth will indeed front the band that will play the scheduled dates, which include the Stone Music Festival in Sydney on April 20; June 21 at the Tokyo Dome, and June 24 and 26 at Osaka's City Central Gymnasium.
Van Halen will also headline the final night of Rock USA festival July 20 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wis.
The band played 46 shows last year and grossed $54 million, with attendance of 522,296, according to Billboard Boxscore, eighth among all touring acts for the year.
On the recording front, Wolfgang Van Halen recently told Billboard that the group is open to following up 2012's "A Different Kind of Truth," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in February.
"Oh yeah, there's plenty of other ideas laying around, and some new stuff that we've been working on, too," Van Halen says. "You never know what'll happen."