When it comes to this news, Van Halen fans may prefer to “Hear About it Later.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are “temporarily” postponing their recently announced Sept. 4 concert date at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
Tickets for the show, which was just announced last week, were scheduled to go on sale Friday. The on-sale, obviously, has also been put on hold.
The official press release from United Concerts gives no reason for the postponement — but promised “future dates to be announced.”
Van Halen has not played in Utah since 2004 — in a reunion tour with second lead vocalist Sammy Hagar.
The band reunited with original lead singer David Lee Roth for a highly successful tour in 2007-08. That tour had a Salt Lake show scheduled, though never officially announced, that got wiped off the books when an intermediate portion of the tour was postponed due to undisclosed health issues for guitarist Eddie Van Halen. The band returned to perform the postponed shows, but did not extend the tour past those dates.
The announced Sept. 4 show at EnergySolutions Arena would have been the band’s first Salt Lake appearance with Roth since June 5, 1984.
The band is currently on tour behind its first studio album since 1998, “A Different Kind of Truth,” its first album with Roth since 1984.
— Doug Fox