It’s official. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen made the official tour 2012 announcement and revealed the February 7th release date for their new album ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ during a performance at Café Wha? in New York City on Thursday, January 5th.
The new Van Halen tour with original singer David Lee Roth will kick off on February 18th at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY. Kool & The Gang has also been announced as a special guest for select tour dates.
Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning January 14 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. VIP Packages will also be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more.
‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ will be released in the U.S. by Interscope Records and the first single "Tattoo" (and its accompanying video) will be debut simultaneously on Tuesday, January 10th. Album pre-orders will also start on January 10th. It is Van Halen's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band’s classic multi-platinum album 1984.
During the tour, fans can expect Van Halen to perform selections from ‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ along with their epic hits that include: "Eruption," "Running with the Devil," "Jamie's Cryin'," "You Really Got Me," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love,” "Everybody Wants Some," "Unchained," "And The Cradle Will Rock,” "Beautiful Girls,” "Mean Street," "Somebody Get Me A Doctor,” "Jump," “Panama," "Hot For Teacher," "I'll Wait."
Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band's record of achievement is hard to top.
Among a long list of awards, recognition and accolades, Van Halen joins an elite short list of two time Diamond Award honorees in the history of the music industry. Presented with two Diamond Award RIAA Certified Status' for their albums Van Halen and 1984, the band has produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come.
Kool & The Gang found a special sound at the unique intersection of jazz, R&B, funk and pop. Their music has been created by the same core of players for over thirty years: Robert "Kool" Bell, his brother Khalis Bayyan, their longtime friends Dennis "DT" Thomas and George "Funky" Brown.
VAN HALEN 2012 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
2/18/12 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
2/20/12 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/22/12 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
2/24/12 Chicago, IL United Center
2/28/12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
3/1/12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
3/3/12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
3/5/12 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
3/9/12 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
3/11/12 Boston, MA TD Garden
3/15/12 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
3/17/12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
3/21/12 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
3/24/12 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
3/28/12 Washington, DC Verizon Center
3/30/12 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
4/1/12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
4/10/12 Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
4/12/12 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
4/14/12 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
4/16/12 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Arena
4/19/12 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
4/21/12 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
4/25/12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
4/27/12 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
5/1/12 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
5/5/12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
5/7/12 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
5/9/12 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
5/11/12 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
5/17/12 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
5/19/12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
5/22/12 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
5/24/12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
5/27/12 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
6/1/12 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
6/3/12 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
6/5/12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
6/12/12 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
6/14/12 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
6/16/12 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
6/20/12 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
6/22/12 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
6/24/12 Houston, TX Toyota Center
6/26/12 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena