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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2011)  Van Halen, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time, announced their return to the live stage with an extraordinary 2012 North American tour.  The announcement was made late last night, during a once-in-a-lifetime performance, at the intimate Café Wha? in New York City.  Known around the world for some of the most iconic live performances in music history, the legendary rock band will begin their tour on February 18.  Kool & The Gang will join Van Halen for select tour dates.

Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning January 14 at and

In addition, Van Halen confirmed their new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, will be released in the U.S. by Interscope Records on February 7. The first single from the album, “Tattoo”, and its accompanying video will be debut simultaneously on Tuesday, January 10th, with album pre-orders starting that day.  A Different Kind Of Truth is Van Halen’s first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band’s classic multi-platinum album 1984.
Fans can expect Van Halen to perform selections from  A Different Kind Of Truth alongside songs from their arsenal of 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,” and more from their classic albums Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down and 1984.
Van Halen – who the Los Angeles Times recently called “a force of nature” and “one of the flat-out greatest rock bands on the planet” – was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2007.
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 Halenand 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.


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Date                 City                          Venue                                                       On Sale Date

2/18/12             Louisville, KY            KFC Yum! Center                                     January 16

2/20/12             Detroit, MI                The Palace of Auburn Hills                         January 14

2/22/12             Indianapolis, IN         Bankers Life Fieldhouse                             January 14

2/24/12             Chicago, IL               United Center                                            January 14

2/28/12             New York, NY           Madison Square Garden                             January 14

3/1/12               New York, NY           Madison Square Garden                             January 14

3/3/12               Uncasville, CT          Mohegan Sun Arena                                   January 14

3/5/12               Philadelphia, PA       Wells Fargo Center                                     January 14

3/9/12               Buffalo, NY              First Niagara Center                                   January 14

3/11/12             Boston, MA              TD Garden                                                 January 14

3/15/12             Montreal, QC            Bell Centre                                                 January 14

3/17/12             Toronto, ON              Air Canada Centre                                      January 14

3/21/12             Ottawa, ON               Scotiabank Place                                       January 14

3/24/12             Atlantic City, NJ        Boardwalk Hall                                           TBA

3/28/12             Washington, DC       Verizon Center                                            January 14

3/30/12             Pittsburgh, PA          Consol Energy Center                                 January 14

4/1/12               Rosemont, IL            Allstate Arena                                            January 14

4/10/12             Fort Lauderdale, FL   BankAtlantic Center                                    TBA

4/12/12             Tampa, FL                St. Pete Times Forum                                TBA

4/14/12             Orlando, FL              Amway Arena                                             TBA

4/16/12             Jacksonville, FL        Jacksonville Arena                                     TBA

4/19/12             Atlanta, GA               Philips Arena                                             TBA

4/21/12             Greensboro, NC        Greensboro Coliseum                                 TBA

4/25/12             Charlotte, NC            Time Warner Cable Arena                           TBA

4/27/12             Nashville, TN             Bridgestone Arena                                     TBA

5/1/12               Tulsa, OK                 BOK Center                                               TBA

5/5/12               Tacoma, WA             Tacoma Dome                                           TBA

5/7/12               Vancouver, BC         Rogers Arena                                             TBA

5/9/12               Calgary, AB              Scotiabank Saddledome                             TBA

5/11/12             Edmonton, AB          Rexall Place                                              TBA

5/17/12             Winnipeg, MB           MTS Centre                                               TBA

5/19/12             St. Paul, MN             Xcel Energy Center                                    TBA

5/22/12             Kansas City, MO       Sprint Center                                             TBA

5/24/12             Denver, CO               Pepsi Center                                             TBA

5/27/12             Las Vegas, NV          MGM Grand Garden Arena                         TBA

6/1/12               Los Angeles, CA       STAPLES Center                                     TBA

6/3/12               Oakland, CA             Oracle Arena                                             TBA

6/5/12               San Jose, CA           HP Pavilion                                               TBA

6/12/12             Anaheim, CA             Honda Center                                            TBA

6/14/12             San Diego, CA          Viejas Arena                                              TBA

6/16/12             Phoenix, AZ              US Airways Center                                   TBA

6/20/12             Dallas, TX                 American Airlines Center                           TBA

6/22/12             San Antonio, TX        AT&T Center                                             TBA

6/24/12             Houston, TX             Toyota Center                                            TBA

6/26/12             New Orleans, LA       New Orleans Arena                                   TBA




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