The iconic guitarist, 57, was rushed to hospital after suffering severe internal pains, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis – a serious infection of the colon. Last night a band statement reported:

Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within four to six months. Van Halen’s scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013.