Festival Axed Amid Inter-Band Blame Game
Australia's Soundwave Festival, which was to be headlined by the one and only Van Halen, has been canceled. The traveling festival was to run for five dates and was to be the band's first headline show in three years. It was slated to kick off this September in Brisbane but alas, the fest 'tis no more. The VH lineup consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen, singer David Lee Roth and Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen filling Michael Anthony's former role on bass. The VHs and the DLR was reason enough to put people in the seats, but it seems that there was some trouble brewing behind-the-scenes. At the center of the controversy? None other than Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst.
Other acts on the bill included Alice Cooper, Panic! At the Disco and Sum 41, so it was to have been an eclectic collection of rockers. However, promoter AJ Maddah announced that the five-date fest has been canned due to their failure to attract a second big name headliner. Epic fail!
Maddah supposedly told Nova, a Sydney-based radio station, that "the festival as we know it has been canceled. We were scheduled to make a second announcement on the first of August, about our festival co-headliner. Their circumstances changed at the last minute, and they had to pull out. Unfortunately, we don't have enough time to replace them."
Rumors persist that the band that performed a little "concert coitus interruptus" was Limp Bizkit. Bizkit impresario and resident muck raker Fred Durst took to Twitter to shoot down those claims, instead accusing Van Halen of calling the whole thing off. Drama!
Durst posted this tweet: "Hello my Australian people! Little FYI (for your information) for you - we were never on the bill to play any festival down under. So, looks like VH (Van Halen) cancels and we get thrown in the mix, classic. All I can say is that we are very excited to rock OZ as soon as possible. I'll drink to that!"
With Soundwave off the table, Van Halen will have more time to work on its first studio platter with DLR since 1984. Jeez, has it been almost 30 years since DLR sang over an EVH riff? Bring it, boys!