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On Thursday, a “special announcement” on its website announced the band would not play in Japan in November as planned.
“Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within 4-6 months,” it said.
Diverticulitis is a condition in which pouches form in the wall of the colon, which can become inflamed or infected. It can be very painful.
Formed in Los Angeles in the 1970s, Van Halen are regarded as one of the most influential American rock bands of all time. Their eponymous 1978 debut album was a chart-topping success and spawned 13 more studio albums. The band has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.
Van Halen’s 1984 album “1984” was the band’s high point, giving them their only No. 1 single “Jump.”
Van Halen announced a reunion tour in 2007 with Mr. Roth performing with the group for the first time in 22 years. They released their first studio album in 14 years, “A Different Kind of Truth,” in February ahead of the world tour.
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