Recent positive reports of Eddie Van Halen’s recovery from surgery following a nasty case of diverticulitis have proven true: Van Halen has rescheduled the Japanese shows that were postponed in the wake of the guitarist’s health scare.
Van Halen will play Osaka and Toyko in the summer of 2013, Pollstar.com confirms. The band had been set to play there later this month before Van Halen was sticken.
His case of diverticulitis, a painful colon condition, follows a series of more serious health problems.
Van Halen contracted tongue cancer in 2000, a situation that required the removal of a piece of his tongue. Esquire magazine, last April, then reported that physicians subsequently found new cancer cells in his throat — and that still another chunk of Van Halen’s tongue was take last fall.
Van Halen had emergency surgery for this new colon ailment in August, halting the band’s celebrated reunion tour after the release of 2012′s A Different Kind of Truth, and Van Halen’s representatives announced that no other procedures would be needed. Recovery time, when that original announcement was made, was pegged at four to six months — so Van Halen is on track.
The newly announced Van Halen dates in Japan, produced through Japanese promoter Udo, are June 21, 2013 at the Tokyo Dome and then June 24, 2013 at the City Central Gymnasium in Osaka. In both cases, original tickets will be honored.
Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son and the bassist in Van Halen, told Metal Express Radio’s Mick Burgess recently that his father was “doing good.”
The younger Van Halen has been touring with Tremonti, while his main band is on hiatus — and spoke during a series of Tremonti shows in the UK.
“He’s doing really, really good,” Wolfgang Van Halen said. “He came out to our show in Kansas City, and I posted a picture of all of us on Twitter, and everybody was going crazy over it, saying how good he looks. We’re all just hanging out, and enjoying this down time while we wait for dad to get better and then get back out there.”
A Different Kind of Truth was the first full-length studio recording featuring guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth since 1984. The album reached No. 6 on Billboard magazine’s mid-year list for album sales.