The Van Halen Cancellations: Is It The Weather, Or Are Things Stormy Within The Band?
Van Halen has canceled two shows–one in Charlottesville, Va., and another in Decatur, Ga.–in the past week, and that fact is sending members of the fan site VHLinks.com into speculation overdrive. Initially thought to be the result of last week’s winter squalls on the east coast, some are now suggesting that the shows are being axed because interband tensions that many onlookers thought would have surfaced a year ago are finally coming to the forefront. One report has members of Van Halen–including Wolfgang!–getting into a scrap at a Charlottesville bar the night before the canceled Charlottesville show, while another claims that the cancellations are the result of a “shitstorm” in Van Halen’s camp because of the new book by Eddie Van Halen’s ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, in which she lets fly numerous lurid details about the couple’s infidelities and other problems. The next Van Halen show is schedule for March 3, and it’s still on… for now. After the jump, a clip of la recent show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that ended with Eddie flinging his guitar to the floor and knocking over a couple of amps, nearly braining David Lee Roth. Nervous energy or misdirected ex-wife anger?
Jump @ Van Halen in concert, Fort Lauderdale, 2/20/08 [YouTube] Any reason for the cancellations [VHLinks.com] Van Halen postpones two shoes [TicketNews.com]