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Van Halen is quintessentially rock n roll.  And what better way for the band to return to live television than with a healthy dose of rock n roll?!  What do we mean?  It involves blood!  Seriously, read on!

Never to be a band short of drama and gossip, Van Halen has had fans up in arms for years with a constantly changing and evolving line-up with original members leaving and returning, leaving many to wonder if the VH they all grew up knowing and loving would ever come back.  So far, it's as close to original as possible with the legendary Diamond David Lee Roth back in the fold- but with his return, original bassist and fan favorite Mike Anthony has been "not on good terms" with the VH camp, leaving fans only one member short of the "classic" VH line up.

Still, fans were totally mind-blown when news was announced that not only was DLR coming back, but a new album full of new tunes would coincide!  The band released "A Different Kind of Truth" in 2012 to critical-acclaim, letting many know that VH was here to stay- still able to pen classic anthems full of guitar awesomeness that we've come to know and love. 

If you didn't think it was easy enough to get classics like "Panama" or "Running With the Devil" stuck in your dome, just listen to this:

So, as we mentioned before, it has been a long time since Van Halen has graced the television airwaves. A very long time actually.  Considering this was Van Halen's first time on the TV airwaves since DLR rejoined VH in 2007, it made it, as they say- a pretty big deal!  How would the band fare on live TV with this line up that has fans so divided? 

What may have been the most surprising to fans, was Diamond Dave, who was sporting not only a denim tuxedo of sorts (which was unbottoned on the shirt to reveal a body-length chest tattoo), but smack in the middle of Dave's face was a huge band-aid!  Was there a fight before the set?  Was there a nose surgery?  Was he wearing a breathe-right strip?  Nobody knew, and in typical TV/entertainment fashion, producers did a great job covering up what the reasoning was, making everything in the concert seem as if it was going to plan.

I mean, these are the two clips of two classic VH anthems, and nothing seems off at all right?

However, here is where the internet comes to the rescue!  After some YouTube digging, it became clear that the live performance was not so live after all, having a few takes of the classic "Panama", giving a re-start to the entire gig after the magic man DLR smashed his face on his own microphone during the guitar solo causing a good amount of bleeding.  Dave rushed off the stage during the solo where a roadie tended to his wounds.  I mean really, this just can't get ANY more rock n roll!  And in true rock star fashion, "the show must go on!".  The band kicked the injury to the side, and restarted their gig without batting an eye, even giving fans a huge impromtu guiar jam breakdown while DLR was letting his bloody nose dry up!

What a performance indeed!  It almost sounds cooler to hear the phone videos, which really offer the "hugeness" that the produced TV sound lacks!  The band sounded full and tight, and the vocals sounded great as well!  I mean, just listen to those backup vox!  And Eddie?  His tone?  This performance ALREADY has the guitar world ablaze with discussion about the new album and summer tour.  I mean seriously, guitar geeks the world over have already been blowing up forums nerding out about the band, Wolf, and obviously, Eddie's rig:

The band really did sound great however, and provided a concert with over 6,000 in attendance.  And thanks to the internet, VH fans the world over can get a first hand account of what REALLY happened.  Oh, technology is just WEIRD. 

Remember, new a new VH recording is coming- called "Tokyo Dome" (hint- It's out today- March 31st)

....Plus a full world tour

that features, yes you're not hallucinating- blues legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd as the live support!  Guitar geeks, brace yourselves, this will definitely be a concert for the record books! 

Sunday July 5, Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
Tuesday July 7, Portland, OR, Amphitheater Northwest
Thursday July 9, Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
Saturday July 11, San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater
Tuesday July 14, Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thursday July 16, Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
Saturday July 18, Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
Monday July 20, Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Wednesday July 22, Kansas City, MO, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Friday July 24, Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sunday July 26, St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tuesday July 28, Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagra Pavilion
Thursday July 30, Bangor, ME, Darling’sWaterfront Pavilion
Saturday August 1, Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
Monday August 3, Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
Wednesday August 5, London, ON, Western Fair District
Friday August 7, Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sunday August 9, Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
Tuesday August 11, Hartford, CT, Xfinity Center
Thursday August 13, Wantagh, NY, Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Sunday August 23, Hershey, PA, Hershey Park
Tuesday August 25, Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Thursday August 27, Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
Saturday August 29, Washington DC, Jiffy Lube Live
Monday August 31, Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
Wednesday September 2, Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Amphitheatre
Friday September 4, Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
Sunday September 6, Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Wednesday September 9, Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Friday September 11, Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
Sunday September 13, Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tuesday September 15, West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Thursday September 17, Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Monday September 21, Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
Wednesday September 23, Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
Friday September 25, Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Monday September 28, Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Wednesday September 30, San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Friday October 2, Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl

(thanks to Van Halen News Desk for the official tour dates)

Photo cred: ABC and VH Facebook Official