Van Halen

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Average User Rating 8.52
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Van Halen Plays with Unity in a solid set
Venue/Date: Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Concert Date:  
November 1st, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.58


Concert Review: Van Halen

The most fun, loud, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll arena show in recent memory

By MELISSA RUGGIERI
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER

If any bitterness remains between David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers, give them all an Oscar now.

Not only was Thursday's sold-out concert at the Verizon Center in D.C. the most fun, loud, old-fashioned rock'n' roll arena show in recent memory, but a stunning example of how bygones -- cushioned by a nifty paycheck -- can, apparently, be bygones.

This reunion, which die-hard Van Halen fans (also known as fans of the REAL Van Halen) thought would be as likely as The Eagles putting out a new album, is an admirable showcase of a return done right.

Roth and Eddie Van Halen have never looked better -- sculpted, cheerful and short-haired -- and it's obvious that a sober Eddie is the best Eddie.

While drummer Alex Van Halen was the most serious of the bunch, he hasn't lost a shred of his ability as an impeccable timekeeper with a deep affection for his array of tom-toms.

And then there's Wolfgang, the 16-year-old son of Eddie and ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli who wasn't even born the last time the Roth-era Van Halen toured, in 1984. A sweet-faced kid with an inherent talent for even sweeter vocals, Wolfie made original bassist Michael Anthony's absence acceptable with his own sturdy playing and low-key presence.
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Disappointed
Venue/Date: Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Concert Date:  
November 1st, 2007
Reviewer: mirthfulone

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6.20
One word, disappointed and this comes from a HUGE original VH fan. My issues: 1) Crowd energy was low -- too many old farts wanting to sit down, I guess. 2) Music totally overpowers vocals 3) Dave spoke lyrics lot of the time instead of singing them 4) Wolfie was competent, but he's no Mikey. 5) Mickey WAS the harmony and BU vocals, with him missing, many songs were lacking 6) Eddies solo -- the man has been playing the same flippin' solo with minor changes since 5150. Change it up Ed! The positives -- 1) DD and all his campy glory -- the 8 foot mic during Jump was fantastic 2) DD acoustic intro to Ice Cream Man was the highlight of the show. Even though he probably says the exact same thing at every show, it felt like he was saying it for the first time and we were privy to his private musings -- fantastic moment. 3) Ton of old school songs to sate the appetite of the hardcore fans -- I just wished they played Simple Rhyme, my all time favorite song. Overall, I give the show a C+

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Long overdue reunion was worth it
Venue/Date: Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Concert Date:  
November 2nd, 2007
Reviewer: rsparer

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9.37
I saw them in the early 70's at the Warner Theater when they just started out. I wanted to see them again more for the novelty to see if they could pull it off. I was shocked how good they were. Were they perfect no. But at times I was staring at how great it was. But they have not played together for a very long time. David Lee's voice range was not as strong as I would have wished. Musically, they were awsome and seeing Wolfy , boy is that a talented young man.The energy was excellent, you could tell everyone was having fun. The Verizon/MCI center doesn't have the best accoustics. I keeping thinking it is the band, but I think its the venue. I don't care what everyone is saying, this was a rock concert and they rocked. I think I saw history here and was glad I was part of it.

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Van Halen Getting Stronger as Tour moves on
Venue/Date: United Center (Chicago, IL)
Concert Date:  
October 16th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.44
Which Van Halen is it? A pretty good one


REVIEW | David Lee Roth is back, Michael Anthony is replaced by a teen, but Eddie can still make crowd jump

October 17, 2007
BY JIM DeROGATIS Pop Music Critic

Amid the ocean of black T-shirts at the Allstate Arena on Tuesday night, one stood out as particularly appropriate. Modeled after those ubiquitous "Got Milk?" ads, it asked, "Van Halen?"

Well, that was certainly the name that sold out two Chicago arenas this week. (The group will perform again at the United Center on Thursday.) But on a deeper, more philosophical level, one could be forgiven for asking, "Van Halen -- or was it, really?"

For one thing, after years of bitter feuding between singer David Lee Roth and guitar hero Eddie Van Halen, you had to wonder whether the spark behind this reunion really was the reconciliation of "best friends" (Roth's words) eager to celebrate their musical accomplishments, or the purely monetary motivation of some fifty-something rockers who've finally accepted that they're worth much more together than they are apart.

For another thing, a surprising proportion of the fan base for the L.A. metal band, which has sold 75 million albums since its 1978 debut, actually prefers the group's second incarnation, led by singer Sammy Hagar. I am not among them; give me Roth and his carnival barker schtick any day, because at least he knows he's a goofball.

Yet even if you agreed that the only Van Halen that was really Van Halen was the one with Diamond Dave at the helm, there was a final question hanging over Tuesday's show: Were we really supposed to welcome Eddie's 16-year-old son Wolfgang as a serious replacement for founding bassist Michael Anthony? (The Chicago native was left out in the cold thanks as much to the power of nepotism as the sin of chumming around with Hagar.).
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Van Halen Starts Tour in positive note
Venue/Date: Charlotte Bobcats Arena (Charlotte, NC)
Concert Date:  
September 27th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.00
Jim Farber

Van Halen: Still brothers in rock



First, the good news: David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen got through the entire stretch of their first show together in 22 years last night without killing each other.

Now the better news: At last night's opening salvo of a national tour at the Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C., the two performed with a vintage measure of joy and verve, showing neither the vitriol that long ago fractured them, nor the problems that have plagued them as individuals in the time between - including, most recently, a spell in rehab for Eddie.


Joining the duo in this eons-in-themaking comeback were drummer Alex Van Halen and Eddie's son Wolfgang on bass, subbing for Michael Anthony.

The latter snub prevented the tour from pulling off a full revival of the original gang of four.

But the pitched spirit and chops displayed this night evoked more than enough of the band's '80s heyday to please any true fan.

From the first power chords of "You Really Got Me," the band hit a hard groove that didn't let up for the next two hours.

Eddie's guitar runs showed again the God-like speed, agility and wit of old, even if he still shows no interest, or ability, to connect this to anything approaching an adult emotion.


We're still talking frat house stuff here, even from men moving into their 50s.

Same goes for Roth, who remains the same eagerly corny ham as ever. His outfits looked like they came straight from Siegfried and Roy's back closet.

Still, he came through where it counted. He didn't cower from hitting the high, screechy notes. And his trademark bellow rang through loud and clear.

The group played 25 songs, batted out in brisk succession, and all from the pre-Sammy Hagar era (1978 to '84).

It often stressed a mangier and rawer style than what came later, and while that kind of thing can sound sloggy in an arena, last night the sound remained bracingly crisp throughout.


The rhythm section - another big question mark of the night - pulled its weight.

Young Wolfgang kept the bottom in line with his bass lines.

Alex Van Halen's double bass drums again made the perfect two-fisted mirror to brother Eddie's bravura riffs and leads.

More than 25 years since he first pioneered his two-hands-on-the-fretboard approach, Eddie remains a technical wonder.

Again, last night his leads did loop-do-loops around the melodies, and peeled into wheelies in the choruses.

It may seem unseemly for a man of his age to retain a tone that's all leer, but Roth's camp character helps lend a leavening dose of self-awareness to the character.

Dave and Eddie seemed cordial. They even hugged at one point. But they connected in the music more than in any gestures, and that was for the best.

The repertoire showed the range of their material proudly - from pop like "Dance the Night Away" and "Janie's Crying" to more obscure pound fests like "Atomic Punk" and "Romeo's Delight."


The top hits, played at the end, like "Panama" or "Jump" may be over-played on radio. But after so many years performed by either a listing version of Van Halen or a weak solo David Lee Roth, it was great to finally welcome back the real thing in such fine form.

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