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Van Halen Announce New U.S. Tour Date

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Well, it isn’t quite the massive slate of European dates that David Lee Roth insisted we’d be getting this summer, but Van Halen‘s touring machine seems to be steadily grinding back into gear.

BraveWords reports that the band has added a new date to its North American summer itinerary, bringing the U.S. leg of its 2013 tour to a whopping two shows (so far). The newly booked concert, scheduled for July 24 in Paso Robles, Calif., will find Van Halen playing the Grandstand stage at the California Mid-State Fair, an event that always seems to book an appealingly strange blend of major bands, heritage acts, and novelty performers (Bruce Willis, for example, played a set there in 1987).

Van Halen’s Mid-State Fair performance will come four days after their appearance at Rock USA in Oshkosh, Wis., and roughly a month after the band spends a few days playing select cities in Japan. It’s a welcome burst of renewed activity following the forced cancellation of more than 30 dates on their 2012 tour, which was cut short after Eddie Van Halen underwent emergency surgery.

Best of all, while they’re dipping their toes back into the touring waters, the guys in Van Halen are also starting work on their next album — and while Roth has cautioned that it’ll still probably be “about three years” before we hear the results, if there’s one thing VH fans have learned to acquire over the years, it’s patience.

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Van Halen 2013 Tour Dates
6/18 – Nagoya, Japan
6/21 – Tokyo, Japan
6/24 – Osaka, Japan
6/26 – Osaka, Japan
7/20 – Oshkosh, Wis.
7/24 – Paso Robles, Calif.

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