Van Halen Australian Concert Appearances Reportedly Cancelled
A five-date Australian festival tour that was supposed to mark Van Halen's return to the concert stage this fall has reportedly been cancelled.
Sydney, Australia-based radio station Nova is reporting that the Soundwave Revolution festival, which was scheduled to begin in Brisbane on Sept. 24, has been cancelled as a result of Limp Bizkit pulling out of the lineup.
What's interesting about that is the fact that Fred Durst and company weren't listed on the Soundwave band lineups posted on Van Halen's official website. Apparently, the promoters had counted on securing the band after announcing the initial roster.
"The festival as we know it has been cancelled," promoter AJ Maddah is quoted as telling the station. "We were scheduled to make a second announcement on the first of August, which had our festival co-headliner. Their circumstances changed at the last minute, and they had to pull out. Unfortunately, we don't have enough time to replace them."
Van Halen hasn't performed in concert since their highly successful 2008 tour featuring then-newly returned original lead singer David Lee Roth. They are reportedly working on a new album, which will be the first to feature Roth since '1984.' We recently ran down Five Things That Could Go Right and Five Things That Could Go Wrong with the new Van Halen album. We didn't count on the involvement of Durst in either list.