Van Halen Tour Announced

The Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers announce their 2012 tour during a warm-up gig in New York City.

Van Halen – brothers Eddie and Alex plus Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass and David Lee Roth – will launch the long-anticipated tour in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center Feb. 18. Van Halen’s first new album with Diamond Dave since 1984A Different Kind Of Truth – will be released Feb. 7 on Interscope but you can pre-order it beginning Jan. 10, the day the album’s first single and video – “Tatoo” – drops.

The Live Nation-promoted tour has all the stops you’d expect for a Van Halen road trip. For Detroit the band will play the Palace Of Auburn Hills Feb. 20; Chicago’s United Center is scheduled for Feb. 24; New York City will host the boys at Madison Square Garden Feb. 28 and March 1; and Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center is slotted for March 5.

Other destinations include Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena April. 27; Denver’s Pepsi Center May 24; Los Angeles at the Staples Center June 1 and San Jose at HP Pavilion June 5. Last stop on the schedule so far is New Orleans at the New Orleans Arena June 26.

Kool & The Gang will appear on select dates.

Van Halen started stirring things up during the Christmas weekend when the band posted a video on its website stating the first round of tickets would go up Jan. 10. However, tonight’s official announcement states ticket sales for dates through April 1 will begin Jan. 14. VIP packages will be handled by

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