Van Halen has postponed Japan tour plans after Eddie Van Halen underwent emergency intestinal surgery.
According to a release posted today at VanHalenNewsDesk.com, the iconic guitarist was admitted to hospital for the operation to treat a “severe bout” of diverticulitis, a disease of the large intestine, which forced the Los Angeles rockers to reschedule the Far East concert dates, originally slated for November.
The “Panama” hitmaker is expected to make a full recovery within 4-6 months.
Along with numerous trips to rehab, the veteran rocker has suffered from a number of health issues, including hip replacement surgery and treatment for tongue cancer.
No strangers to controversy, VH cancelled more than thirty dates in Canada and the U.S. this past summer and recently pulled the plug on tentative plans to tour Australia.
Frontman David Lee Roth later explained that the band “bit off more than it could chew” and simply needed to rest up over the summer, dispelling rumours of band infighting.
Van Halen indicate they plan to hit the road again next year, stating in their official website release, “The band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013.”
Did you know? Van Halen’s hit song “Jump” was recently the subject of a one-hour Japanese TV special.