Van Halen have been forced to postpone a tour of Japan. The band's lead guitarist, EDDIE Van Halen, has undergone emergency surgery, after it was discovered that he was suffering from diverticulitis. The news was announced on the band's website, where Eddie's initial condition was described as "severe." The statement revealed that the November 2012 tour of Japan will be postponed and is "currently being rescheduled." They added "the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."
Eddie, 57, does not require any further surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery between 4 and 6 months. Diverticulitis consists of small, bulging sacs in the lining of the intestine, which become inflamed or infected. These pouches are often in the large intestine. The most common symptom of the disease is abdominal pain and if the pouches are infected, this will often be accompanied by vomiting, fever and cramping.
The band released their album A Different Kind of Truth in February 2012. It was the first album from Van Halen to feature lead vocals from David Lee Roth, since 1984. The album sold 188,000 copies in its first six days of release, despite the fact that the band had not released an original studio album for 14 years. It debuted at number two on the Billboard albums chart, proving that the band have lost little in the way of their appeal since their heyday in the 1980s.