05 August 2012
US supergroup Van Halen has pulled out of plans to tour Australia in summer, News Limited reports.
Promoter Patrick Prendergast, of When The Lion Roars, had pitched a tour in the first week of November.
But he added: ''Van Halen have passed on playing in Australia this year - which is a shame.''
Mr Prendergast had been in talks with the band since April and said a deal was ''very, very close.''
It is the second time in 18 months Van Halen, reunited with frontman David Lee Roth, has pulled the pin on visiting Australia.
They were confirmed to headline Soundwave Revolution last September, but cancelled, opting to finish an album.
Their hits include Jump, Panama and Why Can't This Be Love.
Meanwhile, the summer tour calendar will heat up when Soundwave 2013 announces a first round of headliners this week.
Soundwave promoters have confirmed US punk poppers Blink 182 will tour - with their flight-phobic drummer Travis Barker.
Barker refuses to fly since surviving a private jet crash four years ago.
But Barker has told promoters he will take a sedative before the flight to Australia, and travel between shows in a Winnebago.
Punk bands The Offspring and Sum 41 are also on the bill.
Soundwave promoters are understood to have made a pitch to the so-called Big Four - Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.
But scheduling was a hurdle.
Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers are co-headlining the Big Day Out in January.
Coldplay kickstarts the summer season with a concert at Etihad Stadium in November.
Canadian rockers Nickelback are also visiting that month.
Rapper Nicki Minaj is finalising a December run of shows.
Singer-dancer-actress-judge Jennifer Lopez is also in talks for a summer tour.
Promoters are also negotiating tours with Pink and Green Day.
Traditionally, December is a busy month for festivals.
The Flaming Lips, Coolio and SBTRKT will play at Falls Festival.
Tiesto, Avicii, Calvin Harris and Carl Cox are at Stereosonic Festival.
Concert industry sources say Bruce Springsteen has proposed Australian tour dates in March.
One major promoter dropped out of discussions with The Boss, adding: ''The deal was unworkable.''