According to Billboard.com, Irving Azoff, manager for VAN HALEN founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, has dismissed as incorrect reports that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year.
During an appearance yesterday morning (Monday, March 11) on “The Opie Anthony Show”, Roth said that VAN HALEN was “going to be playing Europe — probably 50 or 60 shows starting at the end of this year.”
Azoff begs to differ. “All the announced dates, which include the date in Australia, the dates in Japan and a date in Wisconsin, are confirmed and on sale and those are real,” Azoff tells Billboard.com exclusively. “I manage the Van Halens, and I know nothing about any European tour.”
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.