Van Halen Announces Summer Tour For 2015

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Hot off the news about the first-ever live album in “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert” (which I discussed HERE in the event you missed it); the legendary Van Halen has announced a summer tour. Let’s take a look at the full press release, dates and promotional art. I’ll close out with some editorial of course.

The Press Release:
In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.

VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheater, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at and with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

The special Hollywood Boulevard concert will be a hit-heavy set of songs featured on TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning March 31, 2015. Fans who pre-order TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of “Panama,” “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher.”

Tour Dates:
7/5: Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
7/7: Portland, OR @ Amphitheater Northwest
7/9: Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
7/11: San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
7/14: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/16: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
7/20: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/22: Bonner Springs, MO @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/24: Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/26: St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/28: Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/30: Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/1: Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/3: Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
8/5: London, ON @ Western Fair District
8/7: Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/9: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/11: Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Center
8/13: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
8/23: Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park
8/25: Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/27: Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/29: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/31: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
9/2: Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
9/4: Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/6: Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/9: Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
9/11: Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
9/13: Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/15: West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
9/17: Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
9/21: Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
9/23: Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/25: Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/28: Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/30: Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/2: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve said this before and I will say it again. Van Halen is one of my top three bands in life with the other two being KISS and Judas Priest. I’ve maintained these three on equal levels of the personal hierarchy and after seeing one of the reunion shows back a few years ago I cannot wait to check out one or both of the shows that are happening in my region of influence. For me, Van Halen music just brings me back to a youthful time with less demands, stresses about the day to day nature of life and a whole lot of fun. It’s nice to forget about that stuff for a few hours if at all possible. What about you readers? What do you think of the return to tour by the mighty Van Halen? Will you be in attendance? Let me know down in the comments section below. I’ll see you next time.

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Van Halen’s new live album will be released concurrently with their remastered back catalog. At the time of this writing I could only find the first album and the new live release. As they become available I will add more codes for your purchasing interests.

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