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Eddie Van Halen has emergency surgery, band postpones Japan tour

Rolling Stone

Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for "a severe bout of diverticulitis," Van Halen posted on its website, and will spend the next four to six months recovering. As a result, the rockers are rescheduling a tour of Japan that had been slated for November. "The band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013," read a brief statement.

Bing: Van Halen cancels US tour

Diverticulitis is a digestive disease that occurs when pouches of the inner lining of the intestine, most often in the colon, become inflamed or infected. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever and cramping.

Van Halen also canceled a series of dates earlier this summer. Although there was talk at the time that the musicians weren't getting along, singer David Lee Roth said in a video that the group had simply "bit off more than we could chew," a sentiment Eddie Van Halen echoed in an interview.

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The band this year released "A Different Kind of Truth," Van Halen's first album with David Lee Roth in 28 years.

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Aug 30, 2012 11:49PM
VH and I go back many moons ago! During any time off at Cal-Arts, USC, UCLA and AFI  we'd  head south to hear and see their sound.  That's right, you can see their music with your eyes closed!  VH is that good! Clean and moving! They played the Strand at Redondo and ALWAYS blew out the house.  Too bad they parted ways with Mike.  Enjoyed Sammy just as much as Dave!  Anyhow, I'm well into my 50's and still groove to VH just as much today!  Unlike today, back then a band was judged on how it played LIVE!!  Brung what ya' got to the audience!  No phoney tracks, lip-synch, nothing but the real thing! VH is the king of live performances, bar none!! From Aerosmith to Zep, seen them all live many times and Ed still rules when it comes to rolling the riffs on the fly.  No one tailors a performance to the audience at hand like Ed.  He can read any audience any time and fill their wants with ease!  No cookie-cutter (play what they did yesterday) crap.  Each one is a complete opposite!  That's why VH rules the live circuit and always will to this old dude!  My best to Ed and his loved ones!  Hurry, heal and howl on!
Aug 30, 2012 8:02PM
Best wishes to Eddie on a speedy recovery.
Aug 30, 2012 7:56PM

i also had a bout with diverticulitis, it is a very painful ordeal did not require surgery just antibiotics for the infections toughed it out for a day because i didnt want to go to the er, looking back at that now, i was very stupid

Aug 30, 2012 6:29PM
Diverticulitis is an etremely painful intestinal condition that has NOTHING to do with drug use. It is not a "booboo on his pooper." A whole lot of you will suffer from this as you age. I work in pathology, so I know.
Aug 30, 2012 6:24PM
He's not a doper, you TeaDoofus - he's a wino.
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