Roughly a month after saying that rehearsing with a reunited Van Halen felt like “pure magic,” Eddie Van Halen announced Thursday (March 8) that he is entering a rehab program for undisclosed reasons, according to a post on the band’s Web site.
The guitarist’s statement was issued hours after singer David Lee Roth said he planned to skip the band’s Monday induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (see “Weiland, Slash To Honor Van Halen At Rock Hall; Revolver LP #2 Done” ).
Van Halen’s reunion tour was announced early last month, but a source told MTV News a few weeks later that it had been postponed indefinitely (see “Van Halen Reunion Tour Might Not Happen After All” ).
“I have always and will always feel a responsibility to give you my best. At the moment I do not feel that I can give you my best,” Eddie Van Halen wrote in the Thursday statement, which was addressed to fans. “Some of the issues surrounding the 2007 Van Halen tour are within my ability to change and some are not. As far as my rehab is concerned, it is within my ability to change and change for the better.”
Only singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony are expected to be at the induction ceremony Monday in New York, with drummer Alex Van Halen skipping the ceremony out of loyalty to his brother. Roth said the organizers’ decision to let Velvet Revolver perform Van Halen songs was his reason for bailing out of the event.