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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 06:52 AM
http://www.indystar.com/article/20120223/ENTERTAINMENT/120223001/Classic-Va n-Halen-largely-present-during-Fieldhouse-show?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Ind yStar.com


Classic Van Halen largely present during Fieldhouse show



Within the lyrics of new Van Halen song "The Trouble with Never," David Lee Roth sings that "selective amnesia is only a heartbeat away."

Roth expanded this excerpt of "Never" during Wednesday's performance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where he characterized selective amnesia as a useful coping mechanism.

It turns out that selective amnesia may be the best way to assess the show -- stop No. 3 on a tour to promote "A Different Kind of Truth," the first Van Halen album since 1984 to feature Roth on lead vocals.

The disjointed "Never" and too-busy "China Town" unfolded as "Truth" tracks to forget. But longtime fans could grasp current single "Tattoo" and "Truth" selection "She's the Woman" as electrifying reminders of the band's power-meets-melody legacy.

Ageless guitar wonder Eddie Van Halen delivered "keeper" moments throughout the two-hour performance, while drummer Alex Van Halen (Eddie's brother) and bass player Wolfgang Van Halen (Eddie's son) made a rock-steady rhythm section.

Roth, who toured with Van Halen in 2007 after decades of estrangement, offered focused effort on "She's the Woman."

But he lost the plot on the program's next song, 1980's "Romeo Delight."

At his most eccentric, Roth shares traits with 1970s-era Elvis Presley: dropped lyrics, martial-arts poses and an affection for handguns (in Roth's case, one is tattooed on his derrière).

When Roth inspires, he's suggestive of James Cagney portraying George Cohan in the 1942 film" Yankee Doodle Dandy" -- strutting purposefully while singing "Panama" and "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" as esteemed anthems of the Sunset Strip.

Another of these, "Dance the Night Away," taxed the high end of Roth's vocal range and made him appear to be a 57-year-old man out of his element.

Yet precisely when the show needed age-appropriate context and some heart, Roth sang "Ice Cream Man" as an unplugged solo number and he shared childhood memories of Bloomington and New Castle, Ind.

Roth's substantial role actually comes as somewhat of a surprise when compared to the 2007 tour, when Eddie Van Halen towered above his band mates.

This time around, Eddie is working hard with Wolfgang to tag-team high vocal harmonies (an important job handled by former bass player Michael Anthony from 1974 to 2006).

Many of Eddie's guitar highlights were stop-on-a-dime transitions from sonic aggression to subtle interludes.

And a brutal clinic in six-string mastery arrived with "Girl Gone Bad," an often-overlooked gem from the album "1984."

Kool & the Gang, perceived my many to be a mismatched supporting act on this tour, played a well-received selection of hits.

The 11-man crew thrived during the rock of "Emergency," the pop of "Get Down on It" and the funk of "Hollywood Swinging."



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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 07:12 AM
VH always went off the tracks on Romeo Delight. If it is only Dave lost now then it is an improvement on the old days. I remember one tour when it was the opening tune and just chaos. Sound systems were not the same as today and back then they were worrying more about volumn then good. Sounded like 4 guys playing a different song.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 08:16 AM
The comments about "Girl Gone Bad" are pretty interesting. It's my favorite track from "1984" and damn if I wouldn't like to hear that tune performed live. I hope a good youtube of it performed on this tour makes its way onto the net soon.
 

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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 08:30 AM
Well, there you go ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFs6_ogxmFk

 

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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 09:04 AM
Man, they sound great on that. Thanks for posting this, Jerry.
 

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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 11:06 AM
So did the reviewer like the show or not?
 

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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 03:24 PM
Romeo Delight has always been one of my faves and when they opened with it back in the day they killed it when I saw them. An electric song to open the show IMO. Much better than opening with You Really Got Me.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 09:11 PM
Hear About It Later dusted off for the first time, since what? 1982?

 

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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 09:39 PM
Here is a clip of Romeo Delight from that show. I don't know what the reviewer is talking about. Sounds great to me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VANKEZ2auSk

 

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  posted on 2/23/2012 at 09:56 PM
Man are these clips awesome from these shows so far! Holy crap!!! Check out Wolfgang at the end of Hot For Teacher followed by stellar harmonies on Women In Love. Eddies playing in these shows is over the top crazy good. Hard to believe he is the same EVH as the one from that last tour. I haven't heard him sound this good since the 1984 tour!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG-nntlGsIQ

 

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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 02:31 AM
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So did the reviewer like the show or not?


Who knows.

Dave Lindquist is a f***ing idiot.

I don't know why anyone would employ someone with so little musical knowledge to write reviews.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 10:12 AM
Everybody Wants Some/Somebody Get Me a Doctor: awesome:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w86uPARykI&feature=related

 

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  posted on 2/24/2012 at 01:25 PM
Here About It Later:
http://youtu.be/zHuVnkDDb00

and here

http://youtu.be/w8P4N_pmHVg

Still not sure what to make of DLR with a Madonna head-set on. Seems very very strange at times.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2012 at 02:08 PM
They played The Full Bug last night @ MSG. Geez. Deep cuts played thus far (and it's still early in the tour):

Women In Love
Outta Love Again
Girl Gone Bad
Hear About It Later
The Full Bug

They also swapped Unchained as the opener and moved You Really Got Me to the middle of the set. Good move. And DLR ditched the Madonna head-set. Another good move.

They mostly seem to be subbing the deep cuts for each other, and keeping the rest of the setlist the same night to nit. But now I'd like to see them mix it up a bit. Bring back Little Guitars from the last tour and drop Pretty Woman. Add I'm the One and Feel Your Love Tonight, maybe House of Pain, Take Your Whiskey Home, So This Is Love?, and In A Simple Rhyme. Drop I'll Wait and Jump and Dance the Night Away.

VH mixing things up a bit. Who'd ever have thunk it?

 

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  posted on 3/2/2012 at 02:55 PM
The Full Bug:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZrPhsSP82k

And more fan footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vvBYh-hSTE&feature=related



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  posted on 3/2/2012 at 03:21 PM
Eddie playing Cathedral!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYFtk_5GAw

 

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  posted on 3/2/2012 at 06:41 PM
Cool. I'm really glad VH has been mixing the setlist up. What a great reunion this is turning out to be!
 

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  posted on 3/3/2012 at 12:51 AM
I was at the Indy show.
I'm starting to think about making the drive to either the Rosemont show or St.Louis to see another show from this tour.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2012 at 05:23 PM
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Here About It Later:
http://youtu.be/zHuVnkDDb00

and here

http://youtu.be/w8P4N_pmHVg

Still not sure what to make of DLR with a Madonna head-set on. Seems very very strange at times.


LMAO!!!
Love the guy yelling in the audience at the beginning of Hear About It Later!!! Gives me a very funny visual!!

I always loved the bass breakdown part in that song and then Ed breaking into his solo.

Looks ike Ed and Dave are having fun together. I regret missing this show.

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  posted on 3/12/2012 at 03:30 PM
This thread has gone slightly off-topic from Indy setlist to deep-cuts on this tour, but I did want to point out that they broke out Hang 'Em High last night in Boston. So that makes the rarities list so far as:

Women In Love
Outta Love Again
Girl Gone Bad
Hear About It Later
The Full Bug
Hang 'Em High

 

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  posted on 3/12/2012 at 03:36 PM
With link to pretty good recording:

Hang 'Em High:
http://youtu.be/wd2umF3us7g

 

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  posted on 3/12/2012 at 03:40 PM
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With link to pretty good recording:

Hang 'Em High:
http://youtu.be/wd2umF3us7g



AH YES!!!!
Thanks for the link sounds great, but Roths phrasing sounds a little off during the verse.
Oh well...still cool anyways!!!

 

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  posted on 3/12/2012 at 03:44 PM
Looks like he forgot the words at one point when he's up on the drum riser steps. Glad he didn't yell out that he forgot the f-ing words - I'm sure he'd already used that line in Romeo Delight earlier in the evening.

Looks like he was possibly getting winded a bit. Late in the evening with an uptempo song with words he hadn't sung in 30 years. Trying to hit high notes might also be hurting his voice. Def sounds like he's compensating for something with the way he's phrasing things now and then.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2012 at 04:00 PM
Here is a video of 'Hang Em High'. It's obvious that he doesn't have the lyrics down because he is reading them off of a piece of paper in front of the drum kit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq1ccVRHf8w

 

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  posted on 3/12/2012 at 04:22 PM
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Glad he didn't yell out that he forgot the f-ing words - I'm sure he'd already used that line in Romeo Delight earlier in the evening.




LMAO!!! Thats funny but probably true. It's ok with me though. I am glad Dave is back an I have said this in another thread but he is just as synonymous with the classic VH sound
as the Vh bros are, just my opinion though.

 

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