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 18 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
February 20 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
February 22 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
February 24 Chicago, IL United Center
February 28 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
March 1 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
March 3 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 5 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 9 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
March 11 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 15 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
March 17 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
March 21 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
March 24 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
March 28 Washington, DC Verizon Center
March 30 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
April 1 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
April 10 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
April 12 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
April 14 Orlando, FL Amway Center
April 16 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 19 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
April 21 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
April 25 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
April 27 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
May 1 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
May 5 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
May 7 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
May 9 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
May 11 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
May 17 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
May 19 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
May 22 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May 24 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
May 27 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 1 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
June 3 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
June 5 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
June 12 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
June 14 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
June 16 Phoenix, AZ U.S. Airways Center
June 20 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
June 22 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
June 24 Houston, TX Toyota Center
June 26 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena