UPDATED, 6:07 PM: Van Halen also will appear on Ellen on April 2.
PREVIOUSLY, 3:07 PM: Van Halen just announced a big tour, and it’ll sorta kick off on Hollywood Boulevard next week. Jimmy Kimmel Live has booked the notoriously TV-shy band for a concert that it will air over two nights. The gig, set for March 30 and airing that night and the next, will mark Van Halen’s first U.S. television appearance with once and current singer David Lee Roth. Will we get a glimpse of the revered/reviled “Diamond Dave” persona that helped launch the group to megastardom and eventually contributed to its demise?
The revived band will be promoting its 38-date North American tour, which kicks off in earnest July 5 in Auburn, WA, and also has a new record out next week. Tokyo Dome Live In Concert is Van Halen’s first concert album with Roth, who left the group in 1985 and rejoined 22 years later. The Kimmel date will be a warmup for the tour — reminiscent of the Los Angeles-bred band’s playing a free show at the Forum in advance of its Roth-reunion jaunt in 2007.
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