Van Halen postponed some dates on its summer reunion tour last week, leading many to speculate that the notoriously combative band -- currently comprised of original members David Lee Roth and brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen, as well as Eddie's son, Wolfgang -- were combating once again.
"They're hard people to get along with, those brothers," former lead singer Sammy Hagar told The Associated Press on Friday. "Otherwise I'd still be in the band.
Hagar said he was surprised a delay took "this long" to even occur. "I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner," Hagar said. "I lost money on that bet!"
Well, in an effort to quell the naysayers like Hagar, Roth himself has attributed the tour delay to an overly aggressive schedule.
"As usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling," Roth says in a new video, entitled "Public Relations," that finds him standing near a creek in the woods with his dog, Russell. "The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness."
Roth, wearing sunglasses and overalls, as you do when you're in the woods with a dog, displays his normal level of intense elocution -- for more of that mannered diction, check out any old aircheck of Roth's failed radio show -- while also dropping loopy one-liners about the band learning to speak Australian.
Per the lead singer, Van Halen is prepared to rock for the next two years.
"We have in mind a supersize, monster-truck-rally Van-Halen tractor-pull sort of event," Roth says in the clip. "And we're going to be bringing that back around through the United States." Godspeed, DLR. Godspeed.
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