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  posted on 2/19/2012 at 10:17 AM
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Van Halen began the yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary with a vintage romp at the KFC Yum! Center that was pure VH in just about every way.

Singer David Lee Roth bounced around the stage like a big, 57-year-old kid, delivering a performance that was half burlesque, half living-room show-off, and all rock star. Alex Van Halen brought his usual thunder on the drums, and while diehards probably still miss original bassist Michael Anthony, Wolfgang Van Halen has become a serious replacement.
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But the night belonged to Eddie.
Eddie Van Halen, the guitar-shredding heart of the band’s sound, was in peak form. His right hand was like a jackhammer all night as he showed utter command of his instrument, with no apparent ill effects from a 2009 surgery on his left hand. This was crucial, because while the band’s best material stands alone as seriously good, voraciously hard rock, Eddie’s guitar is Van Halen.
The band opened to a full house with “You Really Got Me,” the Kinks cover from their first album that introduced them to a generation of bangers. They immediately followed with “Runnin’ With the Devil,” and in all played nearly half of that classic 1978 debut. Eddie’s traditional solo showcase, which incorporated parts of “Eruption,” was stellar, but the night’s highlight was a pulverizing version of “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love.” The song has lost none of its ravenous, anthemic edge.
The only song that could have possibly followed it was “Jump,” and the band’s biggest hit ended the night with a massive singalong and a cloud of confetti, Roth leading the way with a mile-wide grin.
Roth was plenty happy all night, and while he’s clearly lost an octave or two, his performance was a pretty great approximation of old-school Diamond Dave. He made up for what was missing in his upper register with a swagger that was more fun than sexual, and an endearing playfulness that was long on goofy charm. He even managed a few leg kicks.
Similarly, the band’s new material was an approximation of old-school Van Halen: decent, sometimes even good, but more a suggestion of their best work. The songs were appropriately heavy, with a thick bottom end, but the hooks were weak compared with what happens when “Hot For Teacher” explodes into its chorus. Not that anything compares with “Hot For Teacher.”

‘You Really Got Me’
‘Runnin’ With the Devil’
‘She’s the Woman’
‘Romeo Delight’
‘Tattoo’
‘Everybody Wants Some!!’
‘Somebody Get Me a Doctor’
‘China Town’
‘Mean Streets’
‘Pretty Woman’
Drum Solo
‘Unchained’
‘The Trouble With Never’
‘Dance the Night Away’
‘I’ll Wait’
‘Hot for Teacher’
‘Women in Love’
‘Outta Love Again’
‘Beautiful Girls’
‘Ice Cream Man’
‘Panama’
Guitar Solo
‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’
‘Jump’


[Edited on 2/21/2012 by jszfunk]

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  posted on 2/19/2012 at 01:05 PM
Looks pretty damn awesome. However I would replace 'I'll Wait' and 'Pretty Woman' with two more new songs from the new record. Can't believe they broke out songs like 'Outta Love Again' and 'Women In Love'!!!

 

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  posted on 2/19/2012 at 01:21 PM
Holy crap man. This is really really really good stuff. The harmonies are incredible and I don't foresee very many more complaints about the absence of Michael Anthony. From the bass playing to the harmonies this kid Wolfgang has got something special going on. This band has become much better than I ever expected them to ever be again. Seriously impressed!!!

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  posted on 2/19/2012 at 03:47 PM
going to the show in Atlantic City....saw them there last time too
they still got it....

 

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  posted on 2/19/2012 at 04:02 PM
TORRENT ALERT!!!!!!

Torrent #394547 Van Halen - February 18 2012, Louisville, KY (Post Toasted MASTER DVD) w/ youtube sample...... DVD of show

http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=394547

Torrent #394522 Van Halen - Louisville Kentucky - February 18th 2012 (w/samples).......Audio only CD

http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=394522


My newest vine (if you can't BT):

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  posted on 2/19/2012 at 08:38 PM
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going to the show in Atlantic City....saw them there last time too
they still got it....


They sucked on that last tour compared to what they are doing right now. Eddie was obviously messed up four years ago and only a shell of what he is now. I am thinking about getting a ticket to that Atlantic City show but am going to the ABB at the Beacon the next night. Not sure I can deal with the six hour drive the day before. I should have bought an MSG ticket when they went on sale but I never expected them to be this good.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2012 at 10:24 PM
Nice setlist

 

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  posted on 2/19/2012 at 10:31 PM
More clips from last night! I am blown away. So far better than that last tour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJOiLEKrx9c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzTQFsXtYiM

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 08:37 AM
If VH can come back this strong, then there's help for us all, by God! I am thoroughly enjoying the new CD and everything I see on youtube. Thank you for posting all the vids.

I also love the interviews and DLR doing the song-by-song explanation. Crazy old Uncle Dave!

 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 08:58 AM
This is a cool interview. David Lee Roth interviews the Van Halen brothers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4bFOuECaH4

 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 09:04 AM
I was on the fence about catching this tour, but I'm definitely in after watching these clips! They are having fun and sounding way better than last tour...


 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 11:13 AM
"women in love" hasn t been played live since 1980 and "out of love agian" since 1979. nice set list..hope they mix it up with songs and dig a bit deeper.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 12:16 PM
I'm glad they are offering a good number of the new songs - I hope they drop "Jump"!
 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 12:18 PM
This is a cool interview. David Lee Roth interviews the Van Halen brothers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4bFOuECaH4



Thanks Dave..this was cool

 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 06:36 PM
Outstanding!!!!!

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 07:13 PM
I love the new disc more and more every time I hear it

 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 07:19 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4bFOuECaH4



Thanks Dave..this was cool


Very cool

 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 09:10 PM
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going to the show in Atlantic City....saw them there last time too
they still got it....


They sucked on that last tour compared to what they are doing right now. Eddie was obviously messed up four years ago and only a shell of what he is now. I am thinking about getting a ticket to that Atlantic City show but am going to the ABB at the Beacon the next night. Not sure I can deal with the six hour drive the day before. I should have bought an MSG ticket when they went on sale but I never expected them to be this good.


Thats a no brainer...go see VH. They dont tour to much and we all have probably seen the ABB and the same songs/set lists to last us a life time.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2012 at 11:20 PM
Every time I click into this thread I keep thinking the same thing what a stupid venue name

 

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  posted on 2/21/2012 at 08:56 AM
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Van Halen rocks like old times at the Palace

David Lee Roth had the big kicks, Eddie Van Halen had the hot licks, and a sold-out crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills got its fill of good-time rock ‘n’ roll Monday night.

Dropping by metro Detroit for the first time since its 2007 reunion tour, Van Halen arrived with two hours of vintage hard-rock hits and a serving of material from the new “A Different Kind of Truth.”

Show officials declined to release attendance numbers, but the multigenerational crowd appeared on par with previous Palace audiences in the 15,000 range.

If it often had the feel of an early tour stop by a band still working into its groove – well, that’s exactly what it was. The Palace was night two on a lengthy U.S. tour that started Saturday night, and there were moments – like a shaky “I’ll Wait” – when the kinks were apparent.

Still, a twirling, wiggling front man Roth and the squalling guitar fire of Eddie Van Halen offered ample party energy as the band chugged through songs such as “Runnin’ With the Devil,” “(Oh) Pretty Woman” and “Panama.”

The ’07 tour had been attended by a sense of mystery, a venture into the unknown, as Roth linked back up with his old band mates for the first time in two decades. Monday night felt more like a comfy night with old friends. The interplay between Roth and Eddie Van Halen seemed natural and good-spirited, the roles easy and unforced.

The guitarist largely kept to his station at stage left, occasionally joined at the mic by his son, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. It was, as always, his show when he wanted it to be, whether sending squalls of sonic fire rolling through “Unchained,” or standing among billowing smoke as he masterfully crafted the multicolored solo that became “Eruption.”

Wolfgang — who had just hit driving age the last time the band rolled through town — showed a cool but unobtrusive poise as he locked in with his uncle Alex Van Halen on drums.

It was clear no one remains more charged by this latest Van Halen chapter than Roth, who was at his showy, schmaltzy best as he worked through a series of sparkly outfits, hamming it up and giving his speak-singing baritone its best go.

An abundance of black T-shirts, a few headbands and a jammed smoking patio before the show gave the night an ’80s throwback vibe on a low-key Monday night. And while the crowd was game for new tunes like “Tattoo” and “She’s the Woman,” have no doubt: It was the classic fare these fans had come to hear, and it was left to numbers such as “Everybody Wants Some” and “Hot For Teacher” to draw the pumping fists.

After a flat reception for the new “The Trouble With Never,” Roth gently mocked the crowd as the band kicked into the old hit “Dance the Night Away."

“Well, I know this song!” he said playfully. “It’s one of my favorites!”



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  posted on 2/21/2012 at 12:52 PM
They swapped Girl Gone Bad for Outta Love Again on the second night. Love the deep cuts. Hope they continue to make changes from night to night. With some of the material they played on the last tour, they could shake things up quite a bit more without having to rehearse it to death. Somehow me thinks they will stick to the current setlist with 2 rotator songs though, as in years past. I could do without Jump and I'll Wait and Pretty Woman. Much better songs in the catalogue to choose from than those, IMHO.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2012 at 03:07 PM
And the piped in keyboards make those songs suck even more. If they insist on playing them, bring a hired gun on stage and play the damn keyboards live. It's not exactly that expensive a proposition for a tour of this magnitude.
 

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  posted on 2/21/2012 at 03:15 PM
I could do without those three songs as well myself. No other complaints though.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2012 at 03:54 PM
Drop the drum solo too and swap out those 3 stinker tunes you've got room for: Drop Dead Legs, Hear About It Later, Feel Your Love Tonight, In A Simple Rhyme. Maybe 1 or 2 more.

I know EVH's extended guitar solo is and really always has been a highlight of the show, which is why it's right before the last song of the main set. But I wonder how it'd go if they sprinkled it out throughout the night as interludes between songs and just got rid of extended solos altogether. Little Guitars intro here, Cathedral there, Spanish Fly, Eruption. He could still noodle on them and extend them a bit, but keep each one to a few minutes at a time. I mean, EVH's solo now ain't much different than the one he played in 1986.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2012 at 11:02 PM
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This is a cool interview. David Lee Roth interviews the Van Halen brothers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4bFOuECaH4


http://vimeo.com/37045572

Part 2. In many ways (to these ears), even cooler. The reminiscing seems genuine - I don't think they're hiding a lot of animosity. If so, I think the whole thing would have imploded when DLR let the "politics" line slip in there. Don't get me wrong, I do think they're walking on eggshells a bit and the whole thing still could implode. But that interview/conversation seemed like they were genuinely enjoying talking about the old daze.

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