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Monday, August 20, 2007

Van Halen in San Jo: Oh, God, the monster stirs

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This is a proud day for cougars everywhere. At first it seems unthinkable. Then entirely logical. Sting. Rage. Pumpkins. Now Van Halen. Crashing cd sales is getting the bands back together! -d2


Fans Across The Country Show Their Excitement

For First Van Halen/David Lee Roth Tour In More Than 22 Years

LOS ANGELES - August 20, 2007 - Tickets for the first Van Halen tour in more

than 22 years with David Lee Roth as lead vocalist went on sale this ...


and resulted in immediate sell outs in multiple markets around the country,

including Charlotte, Detroit (Palace), two shows in Toronto, two in Chicago

and one in Philadelphia. Tour producer Live Nation immediately added

additional shows in Philadelphia (Wachovia Center 10/3) and Detroit (Joe

Louis Arena 10/20) which will go on sale this Saturday, August 25th.

An additional stop was also scheduled for Washington DC's Verizon Center

(11/1), extending Van Halen's historic trek to 29 dates in all. Tickets for

the Washington DC date will go on sale this Friday, August 24th. In

addition, tickets for the band's October 30th show at Boston's TD Banknorth

Garden go on sale this Saturday, August 25th.

A complete list of confirmed dates is attached and more information and

tickets are available at Additional announcements

regarding on sale dates will be made in the coming weeks. Individuals who

have the Citi® / AAdvantage® card, the official credit card of the tour,

will be offered access to purchase preferred seats to all U.S. shows.

Fans can enjoy the ultimate Van Halen experience including concert pre-show

parties, backstage access, premium seating and more. For additional details

go to Fans are encouraged to also check in at for additional information.

Van Halen remains one of the most important and influential bands of all

time. Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, the band quickly won a loyal hometown

fan base with their electrifying live shows. From the moment they released

their self-titled 1978 debut album, Van Halen shook the foundations of rock,

thanks largely to Roth's peerless showmanship, Eddie Van Halen's

revolutionary guitar virtuosity and their songwriting abilities. It changed

rock music forever.

The band's first album proved one of the biggest selling rock debuts, with

key tracks like "Eruption," "Running with the Devil," "Jamie's Cryin'," "You

Really Got Me" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" leading the way. The next

year, the band followed up with "Van Halen II," which included the hit

"Dance the Night Away."

Subsequent albums like "Women and Children First" (1980), "Fair Warning"

(1981) and "Diver Down" (1982), along with worldwide touring, solidified the

band's reputation for innovative and unparalleled live performances. Classic

Van Halen tracks from the early '80s include "Everybody Wants Some,"

"Unchained," "And The Cradle Will Rock," "Beautiful Girls," "Mean Street"

and "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" just to name a few.

With their sixth album, released in and titled "1984," Van Halen rose to

stratospheric heights. Recorded at Eddie Van Halen's 5150 Studios, the

multi-platinum smash yielded one of Van Halen's signature hits, "Jump,"

which remained #1 on the Billboard charts for an astounding five weeks

straight. Other hits from the album include "Panama," "Hot For Teacher" and

"I'll Wait."

The band's record of achievement is hard to top. Presented with two Diamond

Award RIAA Certified Status for their albums "Van Halen" and "1984," Van

Halen joins an elite short list of two-time Diamond Award honorees in the

history of the music industry. The Diamond Award is presented to an artist

for album sales of 10 million or more units. They are also in the Guinness

Book of World Records for having the most #1 hits on Billboard's Mainstream

Rock chart than any other band in history.

Inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in March of this year, Van

Halen has produced a treasured body of work that fans will admire for

decades to come.


North American Dates

Sep. 27 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena

Sep. 29 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

Oct. 01 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center

Oct. 03 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center

Oct. 07 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

Oct. 10 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena

Oct. 12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

Oct. 14 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Field House

Oct. 16 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena

Oct. 18 Chicago, IL United Center

Oct. 20 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena

Oct. 22 Auburn Hills, MI Palace of Auburn Hills

Oct. 24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

Oct. 26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

Oct. 28 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

Oct. 30 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden

Nov. 01 Washington DC Verizon Center

Nov. 03 E. Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena

Nov. 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Nov. 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

Nov. 23 Glendale, AZ Jobing.Com Arena

Nov. 25 San Diego, CA Cox Arena

Nov. 27 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena

Nov. 29 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose

Dec. 01 Portland, OR Rose Garden

Dec. 03 Seattle, WA Key Arena

Dec. 05 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place

Dec. 09 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place

Dec. 11 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome

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