Van Halen To Play Jimmy Kimmel In First U.S. TV Performance With David Lee Roth

It seems literally impossible that a DLR-fronted version of Van Halen have never before performed live on American television, but apparently that’s the case, because the band’s upcoming two-night stand on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live is being touted as “Van Halen’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth.” How is that possible? I’m sure those dudes still put on a show, because they’re pros, but Diamond Dave is 60 years old — his most telegenic years are decidedly behind him. (That said, few of us will be so telegenic at 60, so: respect.) Anyway, the Kimmel shows will comprise a VH “concert” performed on Hollywood Boulevard, and they will air next Monday and Tuesday nights. In the meantime, I encourage you to watch the video below of Van Halen in 1979 to get an idea of how this band looked and sounded when they should have made their American TV debut.

The Jimmy Kimmel Live episodes featuring Van Halen will air 3/30 and 3/31 at 11:35/10:35pm CT on ABC. Also, Halen are going on tour. Here are the dates via Rolling Stone:

07/05 Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
07/07 Portland, OR @ Amphitheater Northwest
07/09 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
07/11 San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
07/14 Irvine, CA Verizon @ Wireless Amphitheatre
07/16 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
07/20 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/22 Kansas City, MO @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/24 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/26 St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/30 Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
08/01 Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
08/03 Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
08/05 London, ON @ Western Fair District
08/07 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/09 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/11 Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Center
08/13 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
08/23 Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park
08/25 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/27 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/29 Washington DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
08/31 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
09/02 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
09/04 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/06 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
09/09 Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
09/11 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
09/13 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/15 West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
09/17 Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
09/21 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
09/23 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/25 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/28 Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/30 San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/02 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl