It looks like Van Halen's 2012-13 world tour is over. Earlier this month, David Lee Roth posted a video thanking fans for their support of the band's A Different Kind of Truth album and tour. And that's probably the closest the band will ever get to an official statement about it.
Van Halen kicked off the North American leg of the tour in Louisville, Ky., on February 18, 2012. They then played about 50 shows (through late June) throughout the U.S. and Canada before being sidelined for the second half of the year, because of Eddie Van Halen's extended recovery from surgery for diverticulitis. The band made their long-awaited return to the stage on April 20, 2013, at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia. Next up, were four much anticipated shows in Japan in June, before returning to the U.S. to headline two festivals – the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, Wisc., on July 20 and the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, Calif., four days later. That marked the last of the band's U.S. appearances, “for a while,” according to Roth.
While waiting to hear what's next from Van Halen, fans can enjoy the Van Halen News Desk's exclusive release of “Top Down,” the second track from “the musical score from the movie 'The Wild Life,' released in 1984. Eddie wrote the entire musical score for the movie, playing guitar along with his electronic drums machine.”
The gifted guitarist will be in an Elvis Presley tribute book (due for release in late November, 2013), called Shades of Elvis, which will feature photos of various rock stars and other celebrities wearing or posing with the late King of Rock's sunglasses. Eddie did his photo shoot at the beginning of August, and an outtake was posted on his Facebook page on August 6.
In the Rolling Stone “Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Metal/Hard Rock Rock Albums of the 1970s,” posted Thursday, Van Halen's debut album (Van Halen, released in 1978) notched 5th place, behind Deep Purple's Machine Head, Black Sabbath's Paranoid, Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, and Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, which took first place.
Elsewhere on RollingStone.com, former singer Sammy Hagar announced that he's no longer open to a reunion – which has not been publicly offered – with the Van Halen brothers.