Eddie Van Halen reportedly undergoing throat cancer treatment

Eddie Van Halen performs live in 2015
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There have been countless rumors surrounding the long-mooted but ultimately ill-fated Van Halen reunion tour, but if recent reports are anything to go by, the delay is down to Eddie Van Halen’s health, as new reports indicate the electric guitar hero’s throat cancer has returned.

According to TMZ (opens in new tab), EVH has been flying to Germany for treatment, potentially for several years, which is helping to “keep the disease in check”.

The game-changing guitarist blamed his initial diagnosis on holding metal guitar picks in his mouth (opens in new tab), and was declared cancer-free in 2002 after doctors removed part of his tongue.

The band’s last performance was in October 2015 at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, but David Lee Roth poured cold water on talk of a reunion this year when he declared the band “finished”, claiming that “Eddie Van Halen’s got his own story to tell - it’s not mine to tell.”

Earlier this month, Steve Lukather also commented that the band had "health issues that they're dealing with" (opens in new tab).

Eddie Van Halen has yet to confirm reports of a diagnosis or treatment.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).