One of my favorite bands of all time is Van Halen. I love all their music, and probably know more about the history of the band than anybody would care to discuss with me.
That’s why it absolutely BLOWS that my quest to see them in concert has been such a gall-darn tragedy. This sad story has three acts…
SPRING 2008: OH MY GOD — Van Halen reunites for a tour with David Lee Roth — can you believe it? That’s so awesome! I get my ticket for the local show in Cincinnati. Huzzah!
Then — WHOOPS. The show is postponed. When’s the new date? April 22. I go home and inform my wife that the Van Halen rescheduled date — the concert I want to see more than any other in the world, perhaps — now falls, through no fault of my own, on our wedding anniversary. My wife blankly nods and tells me that I can do whatever I want to do, then gestures to a loaded gun on the table…
Under penalty of death (slight exaggeration, but only slight), I refund the tickets. Damn.
SPRING 2012: OH MY GOD. Van Halen is back on tour. This is so cool! Did you hear the new album? It’s ridiculously good. I’m pumped.
Tour dates are announced. No Cincinnati. Shucks. But there is a show in Pittsburgh. Fine by me. I book the tickets immediately without thinking. I even buy a ticket for my best friend to come with me.
Then — WHOOPS. I tell my wife about the concert. That’s when she looks up from her laptop and asks, “Aren’t we in Mexico that day?”
I sell the tickets on Stubhub and eat half the cost. Damn.
SUMMER 2012: OH MY GOD. Van Halen added new shows and Cincinnati is one of them. This is perfect. This is the one. Third time is the charm. I’m in town and there is no anniversary in sight for the Aug. 12, 2012 show.
Then — WHOOPS. Ticketmaster says the show has been postponed. No reason is given. A day later, Van Halen basically cites exhaustion. What a load. Here are some links to the news stories — MTV, The NY Times, and CNN.
I have no idea why my quest to see Van Halen in concert is so cursed. Sigh.
To prove my Van Halen nerdiness to you, you can check out me playing numerous Van Halen songs on keyboard (“I’ll Wait,” “Jump,” “Eruption,” and more) on my Youtube page here.