Why Van Halen Are Launching Outdoor Tour

(Gibson) For the guys of Van Halen, putting together this summer's tour of outside amphitheaters was a no-brainer. When asked why the group decided to do outdoors shows as opposed to arenas, manager Irving Azoff said it was the right time and season.

"Summer, summer, summer," Azoff told Billboard. "Van Halen has not performed many outdoor shows, so this is something new for them." The tour is projected to be one of Live Nation's biggest outdoor tours of the 2015 summer season. Van Halen's last run in 2012 was the highest-grossing tour in the band's history, pulling in more than $76 million according to Billboard.

Back in 2012, Van Halen were expected to add 30 dates to their run, but never announced the shows. Azoff insists those concerts were never confirmed, and adding those shows would have put the boys over the edge.

"The last 30 dates were not cancelled, they were never 'officially announced,' and the guys were dead, beat, exhausted," Azoff said. Read more here.

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