After Van Halen postponed 31 sold-out tour dates, speculation ran rampant that the bad wasn’t getting along after a Rolling Stone piece in which tour insiders confided the band members “hate each other” and are “arguing like mad.” Sammy Hagar even weighed in, telling The Associated Press on Friday: “They’re hard people to get along with, those brothers. Otherwise I’d still be in the band.”
“I’m surprised it took this long” for the tour to experience major difficulties, he added. “I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner. I lost money on that bet!” Well, apparently that bet still doesn’t have to be paid off, as Van Halen have decided they need a break to recharge the old batteries.
David Lee Roth is featured in a new video shot in the woods of Minnesota, saying the band is “getting along famously, better than we have in quite some time,” and that they’re “having a helluva time” on tour. “The band is winning, but the schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness,” he explains, adding that since the tour is going to run for about two years, the break is necessary to prevent the guys from turning into robots of themselves.