Eddie Van Halen Has Emergency Surgery
Band forced to postpone tour of Japan
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2012 12:31 AM CDT
FILE - This June 1, 2012 file photo shows guitarist Eddie Van Halen of the band Van Halen performing in Los Angeles. Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for the digestive disease diverticulitis and...   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

(Newser) – Guitar great Eddie Van Halen has had emergency surgery for a digestive problem, and could be out of action for up to six months, reports People. The 57-year-old rocker suffered from a severe bout of diverticulitis, which involves an inflammation of the colon. His band Van Halen, which recently released its first album with David Lee Roth in nearly 20 years, has delayed a tour of Japan scheduled for November. Van Halen "looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013," the band said on its website.