In the past, guitar icon Eddie Van Halen has attributed many of his headaches on Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth; his latest ailment, though, owes less to the one they call Diamond than to sheer unfortunate luck.
According to the Van Halen website, Eddie underwent emergency surgery for “a severe bout of diverticulitis,” a disease that causes painful inflammation in the intestines. “No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within 4-6 months,” the site said.
The band has been forced to reschedule an entire tour of Japan that was supposed to begin in November. The new dates will be some time in 2013.
It’s been a year of ups and downs for the legendary – and legendarily troubled – rockers: After putting out a largely excellent comeback album, the band inexplicably cancelled 32 dates back in June. (They said in later interviews that they had simply overextended themselves, and that everybody was still getting along and in good health.)
Eddie, who is 57, has had a number of physical woes that have gotten in the way of his latter-day career, and has undergone a number of treatments for major problems, including hip-replacement surgery and an operation to remove a third of his tongue due to cancer.