Van Halen lead guitarist and namesake Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for a digestive disease called diverticulitis, which the band's website called "severe."
While no further surgeries are needed, the 57-year-old guitarist's recovery is expected to take between four and six months. The group said it is rescheduling a tour of Japan originally set for November and issued a brief statement on its website, saying "the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."
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