Eddie Van Halen: There are whole tours that Ed barely remembers.

His father was a professional musician once he got to L. A., which meant he worked as a janitor. As Ed looks through the stack of cases, he's looking for the guitar that changed his family's life when they had to dumpster-dive for scrap metal for a few extra bucks. Ed was a natural, but he was impossibly shy and he'd get so nervous when he had to face even the smallest audience that you'd see his whole body jangling, and so when he was twelve, his dad gave him a shot of vodka and a Pall Mall to ease his nerves, and started him on a lifetime of playing drunk. There are whole tours that Ed barely remembers. Hey, he had to make a living. 
There was no thought given. It wasn't like, "What are your dreams?" I never dreamt of being a musician for my livelihood. I certainly never would have wanted to be in the business that I'm in, meaning the fame and the glory, the glitter, the rock star, the famous part.

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The latest tour extended with new dates

Jul. 07 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 09 - Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum
Jul. 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Jul. 13 - E. Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center
Jul. 15 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
Jul. 17 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
Jul. 19 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
Jul. 21 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
Jul. 24 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
Jul. 26 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Jul. 28 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Jul. 31 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Aug. 02 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Aug. 04 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson Boling Arena
Aug. 06 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum
Aug. 08 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena
Aug. 10 - Greenville, SC - BI-LO Center
Aug. 12 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena