There are generally two camps of Van Halen fans: ones who live and breathe David Lee Roth's days with the band and others who celebrate Roth's departure and the addition of Sammy Hagar on lead vocals, unofficially dubbed Van Hagar. (This writer is a nostalgist and will always side with the OG lineup). Regardless of your side, a Van Halen tribute tour is in the works for 2024, and rock fans will be excited about this announcement.
Van Halen was formed in 1973 in Pasadena, California. The band is credited with pushing rock to the forefront of the music scene, and the original lineup consisted of the last guitar guru Eddie Van Halen, his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, lead vocalist David Lee Roth, and bassist and vocalist Michael Anthony. The band continued with this lineup until Roth departed to pursue a solo career in 1985.
Enter in Sammy Hagar. He would replace Roth on lead vocals until 1996, when Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone would step in, parting in 1999. The band would remain on hiatus until a reunion with Hagar for the 2004 Best of Both Worlds tour. In 2006, Roth returned, and Anthony was replaced by Eddie's son, Wolfgang Van Halen. The band's final album, A Different Kind of Truth, was released in 2012.
Van Halen tribute concert 2024
Beginning July 13, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Sammy Hagar, with bandmates from The Circle, Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham, will be joined by guitar legend Joe Satriani to perform songs from the Van Halen catalog. The 28-city tour will conclude in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 31. Fellow rockers Loverboy will be the opening act. Pre-sales began on November 15, with public sales starting on November 17 at Red Rocker.
Check out the announcement from their set at Sirus XM studios below.