According to several sources, including this article from CNN, Van Halen is postponing 31 upcoming tour dates. Of course, that has caused a bit of stir among fans who were looking forward to seeing them. Hopefully EVH is okay and not relapsing into illness (cancer) or otherwise.
I know that many fans may be pissed off about this development, but I tend to be a lot more sympathetic as a gigging musician. I’m on my fourth consecutive day of gigging this week (I’m my own roadie, by the way), and I’m exhausted, plus in lots of pain from my arthritic hip. Most folks don’t realize the toll that gigging takes after awhile. Crap! I’m only on my fourth day! It’s hard to imagine the physical, mental and emotional toll that touring puts on you.
So I wish Van Halen all the best. Hopefully, this postponement doesn’t become a cancellation – one can only hope – but I personally hope all is well with the band and especially EVH.