"They're not fighting. They're just burnt and they want to take some time off," says the source.
Though rumors are flying as to why Van Halen pulled the plug on the final 30 dates of the band's current North American tour, according to a reliable source close to the tour, the premature ending is not due to illness, injury, internal strife or lagging ticket sales. Rather, "fatigue" is the culprit for the unexpected announcement according to the source, who adds that that the dates are being postponed, not cancelled.
"[The band is] doing great with ticket sales. They're not fighting. They're just burnt and they want to take some time off," says the source. "They got so excited and everything was going so well, they said, 'let's add more dates,' and I don't think they realized how tired they were. That may not sound like the truth, but it is."
Van Halen still has 15 dates left to play, with the last show the band will play before taking a break being June 26 in New Orleans. They had been scheduled to run until Sept. 25. "They are going to go out and do some more, we just don't know when yet," says the source. Last month, Van Halen made its first appearance of the year on Billboard's Hot Tours chart, grossing $2.2 million over a span of three shows in mid-April, according to Billboard Boxscore.
The rock icons inked a deal with Interscope Records in late 2010. "A Different Kind of Truth," the band's first album with David Lee Roth on vocals since 1984, was released in February and has sold 377,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
(Additional reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Billboard)