Last evening, Van Halen released the following statement: “Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of Diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within 4-6 months. Van Halen’s scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013.”
According to PubMed Health: “Diverticulitis is small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) that become inflamed or infected. Most often, these pouches are in the large intestine (colon).”
This is the second time this year that Van Halen has postponed or canceled a leg of their world tour. Back in May, the band unexpectedly took down all 18 tour dates they had recently announced, citing an overbooked schedule and fatigue after having done nearly 50 shows. Shortly afterward, they started promoting the Japanese tour. Last month, singer David Lee Roth went to Japan to promote the anticipated shows and do sword training with a Shungendo monk.
While fans wish the guitarist a quick recovery, they can read a recent interview he did with Guitar Center, mostly focusing on the technical aspects of the guitars he’s designed and built, as well as the future of the band and his son, Wolfgang, who is their bassist. “Music, music, music,” he said. “What is next for Wolf is the next record and the next tour. He’s no different than I am. Music is his life. If he goes back to school, I’ll probably go with him.”