Van Halen Confirm Australian Date
Van Halen are booked to play the Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia - their first ever Australian show with David Lee Roth on vocals.
The two-day event is named in honor of 1974 cult Australian film Stone and is timed to coincide with ANZAC day, Australia's celebration of its veterans. It takes place on April 20 and 21, with Van Halen headlining on the Saturday and Billy Joel on the Sunday. Other acts currently booked to appear include Kings Of Chaos (featuring Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Joe Elliott, Glenn Hughes, Sebastian Bach, Steve Stevens), Buckcherry, Illumination Road, Baby Animals, The Living End, The Superjesus and Lifehouse.
It will be Van Halen's only Australian date, with many fans taking to social media to express frustration at the lack any other dates and the short lead time before the festival, which was announced only a day before pre-sales opened.
The Australian concert calendar is at unprecedented levels of activity this year, with tours and/or festival appearances by KISS, Motley Crue, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Blink 182, Stone Sour, Linkin Park, A Perfect Circle, Garbage, The Offspring, Joe Satriani, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Black Sabbath, Counting Crows, Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, My Bloody Valentine, Einstürzende Neubauten and more. A recently planned Extreme/Richie Kotzen tour was cancelled, citing an unforeseen scheduling conflict.
Van Halen had previously been booked for the Soundwave Revolution festival in 2011, which was ultimately cancelled. The band's only Australian tour to date was a 1998 trek with Gary Cherone on vocals in support of the Van Halen III album.