Opening up for Van Halen on North American tour? Kool & The Gang. Awesome.

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? inNew 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 Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

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 HalenVan Halen IIWomen and Children FirstFair WarningDiver 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 Halen and 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.

VIP Packages will also be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information please visit: www.VIPNation.com 

VAN HALEN 2012 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

Date                 City                             Venue                                                                OnSaleDate

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

2/20/12            Detroit,MI                ThePalaceofAuburnHills                         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            MadisonSquareGarden                            January 14

3/1/12              New York,NY            MadisonSquareGarden                           January 14

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

3/5/12              Philadelphia,PA         WellsFargoCenter                                  January 14

3/9/12              Buffalo,NY                FirstNiagaraCenter                                January 14

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

3/15/12            Montreal,QC           BellCentre                                                 January 14

3/17/12            Toronto, ON              AirCanadaCentre                                      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    BankAtlanticCenter                                  TBA

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

4/14/12            Orlando,FL              Amway Arena                                            TBA

4/16/12            Jacksonville,FL       JacksonvilleArena                                     TBA

4/19/12            Atlanta,GA               Philips Arena                                             TBA

4/21/12            Greensboro,NC       GreensboroColiseum                                TBA

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

4/27/12            Nashville,TN             Bridgestone Arena                                     TBA

5/1/12              Tulsa,OK                BOKCenter                                               TBA

5/5/12              Tacoma,WA            TacomaDome                                           TBA

5/7/12               Vancouver, BC         RogersArena                                            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            XcelEnergyCenter                                    TBA

5/22/12            Kansas City,MO      SprintCenter                                             TBA

5/24/12            Denver, CO              PepsiCenter                                              TBA

5/27/12            Las Vegas,NV         MGMGrandGardenArena                         TBA

6/1/12              Los Angeles,CA      STAPLESCenter                                       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             USAirwaysCenter                                     TBA

6/20/12            Dallas,TX                AmericanAirlinesCenter                             TBA

6/22/12            San Antonio,TX       AT&TCenter                                              TBA

6/24/12            Houston,TX            ToyotaCenter                                            TBA

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