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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 04:40 AM
Found this from the Charlotte Observer newspaper


CONCERT REVIEW
Seems like old times: Van Halen rocks arena
COURTNEY DEVORES

Opening night of Van Halen's long-awaited reunion with David Lee Roth literally kicked off with several of Roth's highflying kicks at Charlotte Bobcats Arena on Thursday, although Eddie Van Halen was the first to appear on stage with one of his own signature hurky-style jumps.

The last time Van Halen performed in Charlotte with Roth as its frontman, he had just turned 30, gas was $1.21 a gallon and tickets to the show at the old Charlotte Coliseum were $12.50.

Twenty-three years later, the band's original members are all over 50 and guitarist Eddie Van Halen's 16-year-old son Wolfgang has replaced original bassist Michael Anthony.

The show sold out in a matter of minutes in August, and the arena was packed when the band hit the stage around 8:30 p.m., following a short but sweet set of pop and reggae-tinged R&B by Kymani Marley.

Fans assumed after well-publicized fighting, ill will and a couple of false starts over the past 11 years that the group would never reunite. But earlier this year the Van Halen brothers announced that Roth would rejoin the fold. If the group can keep egos and tempers in check (sources say the three original members arrived on separate buses for rehearsals), the reunion could be the biggest tour of the decade.

Any animosity wasn't apparent on stage as Roth and Eddie Van Halen saddled up next to each other, smiling, during "Everybody Wants Some" and "Dance the Night Away." Roth and Wolfgang Van Halen even sang "Oh Pretty Woman" side by side.

The younger Van Halen proved to be a showy player and spot-on backing vocalist, although he didn't yet prowl the stage like a seasoned vet.

His post rehab father looked skinny, but cut, as did his brother. In fact, the original members all looked fit, though none ran around the stage like they did 25 years ago.

"You Really Got Me" started things off with the band sticking to the set list that was leaked on the internet last week. Highlights included "Beautiful Girls," "Unchained," and "Hot For Teacher." The group saved its biggest single and only #1 pop song, "Jump," for the encore.

Roth left the band in 1985, scoring several pop hits on his own. His former band outlasted his solo success, topping the mainstream rock charts 11 times without him.

But to many fans it just wasn't the same without the flamboyant, larger-than-life Roth jumping and posing out front like an uber-charismatic game show host. One fan compared him to Liberace strutting in his embroidered jackets and skintight leather striped pants.

What might be overlooked in favor of his over-the-top persona is his voice, which was in peak form Thursday. He easily met and held notes that younger singers like Jon Bon Jovi just can't reach anymore.













[Edited on 9/28/2007 by jszfunk]

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 05:55 AM
good on 'em.
thanks for the post Hopefully Eddie can get his sh*t together and his life back on track. Always wanted to hear a solo album from him- must be a bevy of material in his vault after all these years.
No denying what this original band did for music.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 06:26 AM
I always get them confused...was that Zigfried or Roy with Eddie.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 06:26 AM
Nice pix. It's strange seeing the band with short hair. I liked Wolf's bass with the retro my Dad's Eddie funkin' Van Halen look!
 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 07:24 AM
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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 07:49 AM
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I always get them confused...was that Zigfried or Roy with Eddie.

Good call on a cheezed out Diamond Dave....looks like Wolfie should take his mom's advice and call Jenny.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 07:55 AM
i knew they would kick ass
 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 09:33 AM
I'm just glad Eddie got his teeth fixed. He looks like a million bucks now. I wish them well, although I still think it sucks that Michael Anthony wasn't invited back.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 09:44 AM
Van efing Halen.....1 down lots to go, hopefully they will keep it together until it gets to Toronto next month.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 09:52 AM
Dave looks like a matador. Is being compared to Liberace a good thing?

Will be interesting to see how long this lasts. Both sides don't have many options so maybe it will be a while.

It doesn't really review the show and I am skeptical that Dave is out singing others such as Bon Jovi. dave had a hard time singing some of these tunes in the 80s. Saw him solo a few times and it didn't improve.

Too bad that Michael Anthony wasn't involved and too bad the tickets prices are up there. Saw them too many times to justify paying those dollars now.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 10:03 AM
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I always get them confused...was that Zigfried or Roy with Eddie.
ROTFLMAO!!! I'm not a big VH fan but am glad to hear that their opening night was successful and the band is sounding great and wish them continued success in this tour.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 10:04 AM


Dave looks like Richard Simmons in this picture- or maybe a gay bullfighter.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 10:06 AM
Dave does look better than he did a few years back, and Ed sure does too. That is cool to see.
I was also surprised to read that critic praise DLR's voice so highly - I'm not sure I buy it, but again, it is cool that there are such positive vibes.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 11:01 AM
Many, many postive reviews from fans who were in attendance last night over at vhlinks.com. Several comments about Roth sounding better than he ever has (apparently he was taking voice lesson the entire time Eddie was getting his **** together in rehab). Also, Ed apparently ripped the place up and sounded and played fantastic. Of course the biggest question mark was the youngster Wolfgang. He delivered big time according to nearly every review. Not nearly flamboyant as Anthony but he apparently played very well and sang great. I guess the show just f*cking rocked from the opening note of the Kinks classic "You REally Got me," to the end of the show. This, by the way, coming from people who were very skeptical of this tour. Hopefully they can keep it going.
 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 11:04 AM
My nephew, a big Van Fan.........was there and said it was a hell of a show.
Has some pics but were taken from a phone and has audio coming soon.

Not to good of shots (far away)

http://picasaweb.google.com/ect5150/VanHalenReunion07

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 11:14 AM
Had the opportunity to run the SR spot last night for IA. Hell of a show. I give them a ten and highly recommend attendance. They looked their age but didnt look like they were trying to something they were not (young). Eddie really should put a shirt on IMO. I did note they parted in sepearte parties. Dave came straight off, out the back into a limo and he was gone. I didnt see the VanHalen boys head out.

Killer show.

I had the opportunity to talk with Greg (former ABB and TP roadie). We talked about Mike Callahan's passing. We had a 10 minute talk and, as aways, he was enlightening. I will say only that (a) He is a big DB supporter (b). He loves Red Dog like a big brother/father and (c) the depth of the term "brother" is very very deep to these guys. All else is private.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 11:16 AM
One of the biggest video walls you will ever see. All gear was brand new and a first class show.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 11:34 AM
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I always get them confused...was that Zigfried or Roy with Eddie.

LMAO!


Can one of you VH "fans"...please explain to me what the big deal is with these guys?
David Lee Roth not only can't sing but is easily one of the biggest A-holes in music. Everytime he opens his mouth it makes you want to throw up. Nothing about him is appealing in any way....and what is up with that Circus outfit?

Also, I know Eddie is one of those Rock guitar Gods with amazing chops, but can he do ANYTHING but play really-fast and do that tapping nonsense at super-high volumes?. By the way, I have seen a few 17 year olds play "Eruption" note for note in music stores which I visit frequently. Also, Aren't most of their tunes kind of childish...we are adults aren't we?
Are we still "Hot for Teacher" and want to "Jump" when lots of us are in our 40's. Pretty corny stuff really...

So PLEASE tell me why anyone would plunk down good money too see this retread circus act?


By the way, all in fun guys. God knows a few of you have killed some of the bands I like...right?

carry on...





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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 12:12 PM
Van Haircut!

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 12:30 PM
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I always get them confused...was that Zigfried or Roy with Eddie.


Also, I know Eddie one of those Rock guitar Gods with amazing chops, but can he do ANYTHING but play really-fast and do that tapping nonsense at super-high volumes?. By the way, I have seen a few 17 year olds play "Eruption" note for note in music stores which I visit frequently. Also, Aren't most of their tunes kind of childish...we are adults aren't we? lol!
Are we still "Hot for Teacher" and want to "Jump" when lots of us are in our 40's...

So PLEASE tell me why anyone would plunk down good money too see this retread circus act?



There are at least dozens of players on this site that can play any ABB song or solo note for note also. But that hardly makes them Duane or Dickey. The kids may play Eruption but they didn't write it. Also is that not a telling sign that you still hear young kids playing it? Can EVH do anything else? Absolutely. The songs are not just made up of fast notes or tapping. EVH is a very good rhythm player with very innovative ideas on chord voicings and inversions. I think you are selling him short. Like most other players he grew up playing the classics and old VH shows have tons of fun "cover" songs. He has written all their songs and obviously been pretty successful with that. Also he came along when guitar-based music really needed a saviour.

Why do people shell out their money for a retread circus act? That is pretty funny coming from a guy who follows the ABB. I have had plenty of people ask me the same. Hard to debate it when their setlist is still made up primarily of the first two albums. The ABB have also had enough "People" magazine type moments to qualify as a circus act.

VH have never ranked real high with me. Roth has pretty much the same effect on me as he seems to with you. But I know a catchy song when I hear it and they have plenty. As far as musicians go though EVH and his brother are very good and the talent is there to be appreciated.

 

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Also, I know Eddie one of those Rock guitar Gods with amazing chops, but can he do ANYTHING but play really-fast and do that tapping nonsense at super-high volumes?. By the way, I have seen a few 17 year olds play "Eruption" note for note in music stores which I visit frequently. Also, Aren't most of their tunes kind of childish...we are adults aren't we? lol!
Are we still "Hot for Teacher" and want to "Jump" when lots of us are in our 40's...

So PLEASE tell me why anyone would plunk down good money too see this retread circus act?

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There are at least dozens of players on this site that can play any ABB song or solo note for note also. But that hardly makes them Duane or Dickey. The kids may play Eruption but they didn't write it. Also is that not a telling sign that you still hear young kids playing it? Can EVH do anything else? Absolutely. The songs are not just made up of fast notes or tapping. EVH is a very good rhythm player with very innovative ideas on chord voicings and inversions. I think you are selling him short. Like most other players he grew up playing the classics and old VH shows have tons of fun "cover" songs. He has written all their songs and obviously been pretty successful with that. Also he came along when guitar-based music really needed a saviour.

Why do people shell out their money for a retread circus act? That is pretty funny coming from a guy who follows the ABB. I have had plenty of people ask me the same. Hard to debate it when their setlist is still made up primarily of the first two albums. The ABB have also had enough "People" magazine type moments to qualify as a circus act.

VH have never ranked real high with me. Roth has pretty much the same effect on me as he seems to with you. But I know a catchy song when I hear it and they have plenty. As far as musicians go though EVH and his brother are very good and the talent is there to be appreciated.


Well said CM!

 

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I always get them confused...was that Zigfried or Roy with Eddie.


Also, I know Eddie one of those Rock guitar Gods with amazing chops, but can he do ANYTHING but play really-fast and do that tapping nonsense at super-high volumes?. By the way, I have seen a few 17 year olds play "Eruption" note for note in music stores which I visit frequently. Also, Aren't most of their tunes kind of childish...we are adults aren't we? lol!
Are we still "Hot for Teacher" and want to "Jump" when lots of us are in our 40's...

So PLEASE tell me why anyone would plunk down good money too see this retread circus act?



There are at least dozens of players on this site that can play any ABB song or solo note for note also. But that hardly makes them Duane or Dickey. The kids may play Eruption but they didn't write it. Also is that not a telling sign that you still hear young kids playing it? Can EVH do anything else? Absolutely. The songs are not just made up of fast notes or tapping. EVH is a very good rhythm player with very innovative ideas on chord voicings and inversions. I think you are selling him short. Like most other players he grew up playing the classics and old VH shows have tons of fun "cover" songs. He has written all their songs and obviously been pretty successful with that. Also he came along when guitar-based music really needed a saviour.

Why do people shell out their money for a retread circus act? That is pretty funny coming from a guy who follows the ABB. I have had plenty of people ask me the same. Hard to debate it when their setlist is still made up primarily of the first two albums. The ABB have also had enough "People" magazine type moments to qualify as a circus act.

VH have never ranked real high with me. Roth has pretty much the same effect on me as he seems to with you. But I know a catchy song when I hear it and they have plenty. As far as musicians go though EVH and his brother are very good and the talent is there to be appreciated.


I'd have to say that's about the best reply anyone could write, Canadian. There's so much more to EVH than the fast tapping thing. One thing I would add is the soul factor in his playing. It's something all his immitators in the eighties lack in spades. And don't discount Alex Van Halen's contributions. He is a great drummer and composer. Ed himself has mentioned that Al arranges much of the music. By the way, both of these guys create the "swing" in the VH sound from the jazz influence of their father. He was a professional musician himself who clearly taught his boys a thing or two about tone, technique, and an appreciation for the roots of the music we calll Rock and Roll.

[Edited on 9/28/2007 by Chain]

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 01:40 PM
I was there last night and it was one hell of a show. DLR sounded great!!! Eddie was good but was kinda sloppy during his solo.

I loved they played Ice Cream Man....


I was please with the show... the only bad thing was the sound... I couldn't hear DLR during most of the beginning... very distorted.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 01:44 PM
What's with Eddie's Hucklebury Finn outfit? And Wolfgang should take some dieting tips from his Dad.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2007 at 01:58 PM
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Dave looks like a matador. Is being compared to Liberace a good thing?

Will be interesting to see how long this lasts. Both sides don't have many options so maybe it will be a while.

It doesn't really review the show and I am skeptical that Dave is out singing others such as Bon Jovi. dave had a hard time singing some of these tunes in the 80s. Saw him solo a few times and it didn't improve.

Too bad that Michael Anthony wasn't involved and too bad the tickets prices are up there. Saw them too many times to justify paying those dollars now.


The part about Dave being able to hit all the high notes and outsinging Bon Jovi is just a bunch of hogwash. I'm not into Bon Jovi much but his voice is much stronger than Roth's. I heard Roth on the Youtube rehearsals and although he sounded better than I thought he would he still sounded far different than he sounded in his prime. He squeeks when he tries to do those high pitched screams that were the signature of his singing. Bon Jovi on the other hand sounded pretty damn good at the live earth show. This is just the first review of the first show. I'll wait to start seeing the videos and hearing it for myself before coming to a conclusion. And they should stop calling it a reunion when there is no Michael Anthony.

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