The tour rumor mill is overflowing with buzz for two high-profile acts. A Van Halen reunion with Sammy Hagar is viewed as a virtual certainty, and a tour announcement for Madonna has been anticipated for months.
The Van Halen rumors got rolling last fall when the band signed with Irving Azoff, longtime manager of Hagar, the Eagles, Journey and others. Around the same time, Hagar announced that he was once again on speaking terms with Alex and Eddie Van Halen. He and the brothers hadn’t spoken since parting ways in 1996 after an argument.
The William Morris Agency is reportedly booking North American arenas for a Van Halen excursion this summer. The group’s last outing was in 1998, with former Extreme singer Gary Cherone handling vocal duties. Their last tour with Hagar wrapped in late 1995; the eight-month outing sold well over a million tickets, grossing more than $32 million.
Meanwhile perennial pop superstar Madonna is also said to be planning a tour, possibly beginning in May. Many expected an announcement in February, but the singer has been tight-lipped thus far.
Bagpipe player Calum “Spud” Fraser stated this week that he has been invited to perform on a summer world tour with the Material Girl, and that rehearsals are beginning in New York next month. Other reports have her auditioning dancers in Los Angeles, and rumors are flying of concerts scheduled in Ireland and Israel.
Madonna last toured in 2001, when she grossed more than $74 million with a summer of sold-out shows in North America and Europe.