Van Halen to embark on extensive European tourAccording to David Lee Roth, Van Halen will embark on an Extensive European tour before the end of the year.
The singer revealed the news during an appearance Monday morning (March 11) on "The Opie & Anthony Show" on SiriusXM satellite radio. "We're going to be playing Europe â€” probably 50, 60 shows outside of the States, starting at the end of this year, and then come back around through the U.S.," he said.
Roth also indicated that Van Halen's only concert in North America will come in the form of appearance at the Rock Usa festival which he said were booked on short notice.
"I'm frankly surprised that these happened now," he stated. "I think probably they had designs on somebody else, and somebody else got sick. 'Cause, y'know, we're kind of here to save the day. These are big shows â€” these are like 50-70,000-person shows. And they're just coming together fast, which says probably somebody else bowed out or somebody else took ill."
Regarding the upcomimg Van Halen shows, Roth said: "Van Halen is very pure and uncut kinda music. It's a little like getting drunk on shots of really good Kentucky bourbon. It's like, you'll have a great night â€” but you probably won't want to see us again for three years!"
Roth recently gave an interview to Rolling Stone in which he expressed his desire to work on fresh material with Eddie Van Halen and tour outside the U.S., saying, "We have an audience and we have a potential future in many, many places . . . I don't know where the Van Halen future lies aside from the States."
The band has been touring in support of its February 2012 release, "A Different Kind Of Truth", which was its first album with Roth in 28 years.