Van Halen concert dates announced for 2012 tour Van Halen concert dates announced for 2012 tour
Following an intimate performance at Café Wha? last evening, January 5, Van Halen released the official schedule for its 2012 North American tour. The... Van Halen concert dates announced for 2012 tour

Following an intimate performance at Café Wha? last evening, January 5, Van Halen released the official schedule for its 2012 North American tour.

The legendary rock crew and original frontman David Lee Roth performed for press and invited guests at the 250-capacity venue in Greenwich Village as a tour warm-up. The band’s itinerary kicks off February 18 at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY, and concludes June 26 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA.

Over the course of the tour’s four months, Van Halen will perform 45 shows across the United States and Canada. While most markets will host the American rock icons for just one night, Van Halen will return to New York City for a February 28 and March 1 stand at Madison Square Garden.

In late December, Van Halen teased its upcoming tour with a series of video montages on the band’s official Web site.

In keeping with a date displayed in those videos, the tour’s ticket presales will begin January 10. Live Nation is distributing presale codes to those fans who RSVP on Facebook for Van Halen’s concerts.

Public onsales then will begin January 14 for tour dates booked through April 1, and January 16 for the Louisville opener. Onsales for the remainder of the tour are yet to be announced.

Ticket prices will run from $29.50 to $149.50 in most markets, according to event listings on However, the site only listed nine concert dates as of 12 p.m. on January 6; the face value range may vary more widely as the other markets reveal their pricing.

Highlights on the U.S. itinerary include February 24 at United Center in Chicago, IL; March 11 at TD Garden in Boston, MA; April 19 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA; April 27 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN; June 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA; and June 20 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.

Seven of Van Halen’s 45 concerts will take place north of the boarder. Some of those dates include March 15 at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC; March 17 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON; May 7 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC; and May 11 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB.

Kool & The Gang will appear as a special guest on select tour dates.

The 2012 North American tour is Van Halen’s first outing since 2007-2008. The upcoming outing is expected to feature hits from the band’s decade-spanning career, as well as cuts from the new album “A Different Kind of Truth,” which is slated for release on February 7.

Van Halen itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

February 18Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
February 20Auburn Hills, MIThe Palace of Auburn Hills
February 22Indianapolis, INBankers Life Fieldhouse
February 24Chicago, ILUnited Center
February 28New York, NYMadison Square Garden Arena
March 1New York, NYMadison Square Garden Arena
March 3Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
March 5Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center
March 9Buffalo, NYFirst Niagara Center
March 11Boston, MATD Garden
March 15Montreal, QCBell Centre
March 17Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
March 21Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place
March 24Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City Boardwalk Hall
March 28Washington, DCVerizon Center
March 30Pittsburgh, PAConsol Energy Center
April 1Rosemont, ILAllstate Arena
April 10Sunrise, FLBankAtlantic Center
April 12Tampa, FLTampa Bay Times Forum
April 14Orlando, FLAmway Center
April 16Jacksonville, FLJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 19Atlanta, GAPhilips Arena
April 21Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum Complex
April 25Charlotte, NCTime Warner Cable Arena
April 27Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
May 1Tulsa, OKBOK Center
May 5Tacoma, WATacoma Dome
May 7Vancouver, BCRogers Arena
May 9Calgary, ABScotiabank Saddledome
May 11Edmonton, ABRexall Place
May 17Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
May 19Saint Paul, MNXcel Energy Center
May 22Kansas City, MOSprint Center
May 24Denver, COPepsi Center
May 27Las Vegas, NVMGM Grand Garden Arena
June 1Los Angeles, CAStaples Center
June 3Oakland, CAOracle Arena
June 5San Jose, CAHP Pavilion at San Jose
June 12Anaheim, CAHonda Center
June 14San Diego, CAViejas Arena
June 16Phoenix, AZU.S. Airways Center
June 20Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
June 22San Antonio, TXAT&T Center
June 24Houston, TXToyota Center
June 26New Orleans, LANew Orleans Arena