Van Halen @ US Airways Center
Curious why Van Halen — reunited with original singer David Lee Roth — canceled a whole bunch of dates on its triumphant 2012 reunion tour? The band offered fatigue as the reason, but Sammy Hagar, the other singer known for his time in Van Halen, offered a different explanation to the Associated Press, saying, "They're hard people to get along with, those brothers. Otherwise, I'd still be in the band." It's this sort of tension, of course, between the brothers Van Halen (and, now, Eddie's son, Wolfgang) and the guy with the mic (ask Gary Cherone) that has made Van Halen one of rock 'n' roll's favorite soap operas, and it's also one of the reasons the band has pumped out a few classics. The latest album, A Different Kind of Truth, the band's reunion effort with Roth, might not stand up to 1984 or Van Halen, but it's pretty solid, with the single "Tattoo" actually managing to break through into rotation on classic rock radio. Why did Van Halen cancel a bunch of dates? Who knows? But Phoenix is one of the lucky cities spared the ax. So get thee to VH — who knows if you'll get another chance before the whole thing implodes?
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