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Van Halen Cancels Australian Festival

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Australian Festival Canceled

Soundwave Revolution, the Australian touring festival that Van Halen was set to headline in the early fall, has been called off.  A post on the event's official website reads, "It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Revolution Festival."

The message also points out that many of the artists that were scheduled to play at the five-city event plan to team up for "some very special shows" that will include "multi-band/mini-festival lineups in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne."  Among the other acts on the Soundwave bill were Alice Cooper, Hole, Danzig, HellYeah, Panic! At the Disco, Alter Bridge and The Used.

In an audio interview posted on Blabbermouth.net, Soundwave organizer AJ Maddah said the reason for the cancellation was that a second headliner that was to have been announced recently dropped off the bill.

"Their circumstances changed at the last minute -- they had to pull out," he explained.  "And unfortunately we don't have enough time to replace them and we didn't really want to go ahead with an incomplete lineup."

A report in RollingStone.com reveals that Van Halen now has no plans to tour Australia at all.  It also reveals that the aforementioned "second headliner" was Aerosmith.

Here are the dates and cities of the canceled Soundwave Revolution festival:

9/24 -- Brisbane
9/25 -- Sydney
9/30 -- Melbourne
10/1 -- Adelaide
10/3 -- Perth

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