Van Halen (complete with David Lee Roth) plays New York gig, announces tour dates

van-halen-ny.jpgIt was just like old times on Thursday (Jan. 5) at New York club Cafe Wah? when a reconstituted Van Halen kicked off their 2012 arena tour with an intimate show, original frontman David Lee Roth and a set chock full of classics.

"Last time I stood on a stage this low, we had to have the car back by midnight, man!" said Roth from the stage.

The band ripped through a set including hits like "You Really Got Me," "Panama," Jump" and "Every Wants Some," reports Billboard.com. They also played one new song ("She's the Woman") from their upcoming new studio album, "A Different Kind of Truth."

There was one change to the line-up, though -- bassist Michael Anthony who was booted from the band in 2006 was replaced by Eddie Van Halen's 20-year-old son, Wolfgang. Roth, too, struck a different tone with a new look that we like to call "Dust-bowl newsie": He rocked a pair of brown overalls, a light cotton scarf and a jaunty tweed cap.

Tickets for the tour go on sale Jan. 10. The full list of dates and venues follows below:

Feb. 18: Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center)
Feb. 20: Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Feb. 22: Indianapolis, IN (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Feb. 24: Chicago, IL (United Center)
Feb. 28: New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
Mar. 1: New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
Mar. 3: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Mar. 5: Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
Mar. 9: Buffalo, NY (First Niagara Center)
Mar. 11: Boston, MA (TD Garden)
Mar. 15: Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
Mar. 17: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
Mar. 21: Ottawa, ON (Scotiabank Place)
Mar. 24: Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
Mar. 28: Washington, DC (Verizon Center)
Mar. 30: Pittsburgh, PA (Consol Energy Center)
April 1: Rosemont, IL (Allstate Arena)
April 10: Fort Lauderdale, FL  (BankAtlantic Center)
April 12: Tampa, FL  (St. Pete Times Forum)
April 14: Orlando, FL (Amway Arena)
April 16: Jacksonville, FL (Jacksonville Arena)
April 19: Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
April 21: Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
April 25: Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena)
April 27: Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
May 1: Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
May 5: Tacoma, WA (Tacoma Dome)
May 7: Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
May 9: Calgary, AB (Scotiabank Saddledome)
May 11: Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
May 17: Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
May 19: St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
May 22: Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
May 24: Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
May 27: Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
June 1: Los Angeles, CA (STAPLES Center)
June 3: Oakland, CA (Oracle Arena)
June 5: San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion)
June 12: Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
June 14: San Diego, CA (Viejas Arena)
June 16: Phoenix, AZ (US Airways Center)
June 20: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
June 22: San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)
June 24: Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
June 26: New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)
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