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L.A. ticket details released for Van Halen's comeback shows

January 23, 2012 |  1:12 pm

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Van Halen is back, asking deep questions and making up words. Take, for instance,  new single "Tattoo," as David Lee Roth asks, "Why is the crazy stuff we never say written in ink?" It's a wide-ranging rocker with nods to all aspects of the Van Halen fan base, with its old-fashioned guitar fills, images of fading ink, call-outs to stay-at-home mousewives who become tatted-up houswives (a "momshell," right?) and a final verse that references the working man. 

It could cost more than one of those "sexy dragon" tattoos Roth sings about in the band's comeback single (video below) to see Van Halen live, as tickets for the L.A.-area shows -- June 1 at Staples Center and June 12 at the Honda Center -- go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. via LiveNation.com. Tickets start at $29.50 and go up to $149.50, not including surcharges.

Multiple VIP packages will also be available, with prices in other cities ranging from $395 to $995. They include such perks as a pre-show party and backstage tour, among other Van Halen-branded goodies, and they are selling out. Those interested can seek out more information here, and VIP packages are on sale today to holders of American Express cards. 

As previously reported, a regrouped Van Halen announced an extensive 2012 American tour that will carry the four-piece rock band across the country over five months. The band, featuring Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Eddie's son, Wolfgang, will be touring in support of a new studio album called "A Different Kind of Truth," which will be released in the U.S. on Feb. 7 by Interscope Records.

After Roth left the band in 1985, Sammy Hagar took over vocal duties, followed by a brief stint in the '90s with Gary Cherone. Roth reunited with the band -- which by then had replaced longtime bassist Michael Anthony with Eddie's son Wolfgang -- in 2008 for a troubled tour that ended with Eddie Van Halen in rehab.


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-- Todd Martens

Image: David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen. Credit: Associated Press