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Van Halen To Skip Australian Tour

The band won't be playing Down Under later this year

Hennemusic reports that, despite a lot of speculation, Van Halen's forthcoming non-North American tour will NOT stop in Australia or New Zealand.

News Limited (via Take40) reports promoter Patrick Prendergast, of When The Lion Roars, had presented the legendary rockers with a tour of the continent in the first week of November.

"Van Halen have passed on playing in Australia this year - which is a shame," stated Prendergast, who had been in talks with the band since April and said a deal was "very, very close."

The reason that the tour omission is surprising is that the band are due to play three shows in Japan in November and the relative proximity to Australia would have suggested that they would include some dates at around the same time.

It is the second time that Aussie Van Halen fans have been disappointed recently. The band were due to play on the Soundwave Revolution touring festival last September but when the festival was cancelled no replacement dates were booked.

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