Monday, July 9, 2012
VAN HALEN: Open Letter From David Lee Roth Regarding Superbowl Rumors
"I’m compelled to address the now-rampant rumors that Van Halen is playing the Superbowl. First of all let me say this — be still my pigskin heart. That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time though it is one we would accept in a NY minute.
"Having heard VH blaring through stadium speakers on any given Sunday – more like every given Sunday, the idea of playing there live would be like – ‘okay, now we’re in the game’.
"Van Halen’s collective memories are – and with all due respect to each and every one of these memories, teeming with been-theres and done-that’s, but none include playing at the Superbowl. Playing at the Superbowl is a veritable holy grail of musical recognition, a highly prized rite of passage for (game-changing) artists. Not a spiritual rite with snake pits or Hebrew school or anything, but it’s up there.
"We are not on Commissioner Goodell’s dance card at this time, but we would be most honored to dance the halftime away in New Orleans.
"It’s an honor to be considered and for that we would like to thank the rumormongers all over the World Wide Web."
- David Lee Roth
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As previously reported, the 31 Van Halen concert dates that were postponed in May have now been officially cancelled. Various reports suggested that the band was burned out from performing 48 shows over several months of touring. The band will play Japan in November, and rumors persist of an Australia tour late this year, and/or another US tour next year.
The cancelled dates are:
- 7/7: Uncasville, Ct., Mohegan Sun Arena
- 7/9: Hampton, Va., Hampton Coliseum
- 7/11: Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
- 7/13: East Rutherford, N.J., Izod Center
- 7/15: Baltimore, Md., 1st Mariner Arena
- 7/17: Rochester N.Y., Blue Cross Arena
- 7/19: Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
- 7/21: London, Ontario, John Labatt Centre
- 7/24: Toledo, Ohio, Huntington Center
- 7/26: Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
- 7/28: Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena
- 7/31: Fort Wayne, Ind., Allen County Memorial Coliseum
- 8/2: Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
- 8/4: Knoxville, Tenn., Thompson-Boiling Arena
- 8/6: Memphis, Tenn., FedEx Forum
- 8/8: Birmingham, Ala., BJCC Arena
- 8/10: Greenville, S.C., BI-LO Center
- 8/12: Cincinnati, Ohio, US Bank Arena
- 8/21: Spokane, Wash., Spokane Arena
- 8/23: Portland, Ore., Rose Garden
- 8/25: Sacramento, Calif.,Power Balance Pavilion
- 8/28: Fresno, Calif., Save Mart Center
- 8/30: Reno, Nev., Reno Events Center
- 9/4: Salt Lake City, Utah — EnergySolutions Arena
- 9/8: Albuquerque, N.M., Tingley Coliseum
- 9/11: El Paso, Texas, Don Haskins Center
- 9/13: Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
- 9/15: Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena
- 9/17: Wichita, Kan. – Intrust Bank Arena
- 9/21: Moline, Ill., Iwireless Center
- 9/25: Milwaukee, Wis., Bradley Center
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