In a new video titled simply “Public Relations,” Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth explains why the band abruptly postponed more than 30 North American tour dates last week. Despite past incidents involving Eddie Van Halen’s health and disagreements among band members, Roth makes it clear that neither are the case. Rather, Roth says Van Halen need a short break in order to go the distance with their world tour.

“As usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling,” he says. “The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness. If we continue past July 4th and all the way into Australia and Japan, then we’re asking for the robot-zombie tour.”

Roth adds that “the band is getting along famously – better than we have in some time.” More so, he remains confident about Van Halen’s touring schedule for the next several years, promising more U.S. tour dates once the band tours overseas.

“We’re gonna take a break and we’re gonna come all the way back around, because this tour is gonna take about two years,” Roth says.

Watch Roth’s announcement (and admire his dog) below.

As previously reported, Van Halen’s tour postponement starts in July, with all dates following the reunited rockers’ June 26th show in New Orleans delayed until further notice. They were postponed via promoter AEG Live, removed from the Van Halen website, and not addressed by the band until now. Van Halen has spent much of 2012 on the road, promoting A Different Kind Of Truth, their first album with David Lee Roth since 1984.

Van Halen 2012 Tour Schedule:

5/19 — St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
5/22 — Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
5/24 — Denver, Colo., Pepsi Center
5/27 — Las Vegas, Nev., MGM Grand Garden Arena
6/1 — Los Angeles, Calif., Staples Center
6/3 — Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
6/5 — San Jose, Calif., HP Pavilion
6/12 — Anaheim, Calif, Honda Center
6/14 — San Diego, Calif – Viejas Arena
6/16 — Phoenix, Ariz., US Airways Center
6/20 — Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
6/22 — San Antonio, Texas, AT&T Center
6/24 — Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
6/26 — New Orleans, La., New Orleans Arena

Postponed dates:

7/7 — Uncasville, Ct., Mohegan Sun Arena
7/9 — Hampton, Va., Hampton Coliseum
7/11 — Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
7/13 — East Rutherford, N.J., Izod Center
7/15 — Baltimore, Md., 1st Mariner Arena
7/17 — Rochester N.Y., Blue Cross Arena
7/19 — Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
7/21 — London, Ontario, John Labatt Centre
7/24 — Toledo, Ohio, Huntington Center
7/26 — Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
7/28 — Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena
7/31 — Fort Wayne, Ind., Allen County Memorial Coliseum
8/2 — Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
8/4 — Knoxville, Tenn., Thompson-Boiling Arena
8/6 — Memphis, Tenn., FedEx Forum
8/8 — Birmingham, Ala., BJCC Arena
8/10 — Greenville, S.C., BI-LO Center
8/12 — Cincinnati, Ohio, US Bank Arena
8/21 — Spokane, Wash., Spokane Arena
8/23 — Portland, Ore., Rose Garden
8/25 — Sacramento, Calif.,Power Balance Pavilion
8/28 — Fresno, Calif., Save Mart Center
8/30 — Reno, Nev., Reno Events Center
9/4 – Salt Lake City, Utah — EnergySolutions Arena
9/8 — Albuquerque, N.M., Tingley Coliseum
9/11 — El Paso, Texas, Don Haskins Center
9/13 — Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
9/15 — Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena
9/17 — Wichita, Kan. – Intrust Bank Arena
9/21 — Moline, Ill., Iwireless Center
9/25 — Milwaukee, Wis., Bradley Center

–Jillian Mapes, CBS Local

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