By: Troy Frisby
Van Halen kicked off a series of new shows in Japan last night after Eddie Van Halen’s health issues kept the banned sidelined for nearly a year.
The group performed last night in the Japanese city of Nagoya, and according to the Van Halen News Desk, rocked more than 25 songs at Nagoya’s Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.
During their extensive setlist, Van Halen played three rare additions, including “Mean Street,” “Jamie’s Cryin’” and “Atomic Punk,” presumably as a bonus for their fans who had to ride out the wait for the long-delayed shows.
The Japanese shows were rescheduled from last fall after Eddie Van Halen underwent surgery for a severe bout of Diverticulitis. According to Van Halen’s statement on Facebook at the time, Eddie’s recovery was scheduled to take up to six months.
The band has three more Japanese tour dates coming up, and will then head back to the States for two shows in July.
Upcoming Van Halen Tour Dates
- 6/21 Tokyo, Japan at Tokyo Dome
- 6/24 Osaka, Japan
- 6/26 Osaka, Japan
- 6/20 Oshosh, Wisconsin at Rock USA
- 6/24 Paso Robles, California
We’re glad to see Eddie back in action and are crossing our fingers for more Van Halen concert dates later this year.
Until then, check out Van Halen’s official site or follow them on Twitter @VanHalen. Check out the band’s performance of “Panama” from last night below and leave your hopes for Van Halen’s future plans in the comments section below!