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Mar 1 12 12:15 PM
This just in at the Van Halen Store:
The new issue of Guitar World (April 2012) features “The 50 Best Van Halen Songs of All Time”.
As Van Halen release their first new album in 14 years, Guitar World
celebrates the best tracks in their catalog—from “Runnin’ with the
Devil” to “Tattoo.”
VAN HALEN CONTENT:
My name is Oedi and I soar amidst the stars far from the planet of my birth. I guess this starship is the closest thing I've
got to a home now, for I am a refugee and an outlaw. Vanth Dreadstar, Syzygy Darklock, Willow 327, Rainbow and Skeevo are my family. We are revolutionaries.
Our goal? To bring an end to the 200 year old war between the Instrumentality and the Monarchy!
Mar 1 12 6:50 PM
Sentry 459 wrote:and the setlist
Mar 1 12 6:53 PM
Middle 12 wrote:Sentry 459 wrote:and the setlist
"Everyone Wants Some"? Don't think I've ever heard of that one.
Mar 1 12 7:23 PM
Sentry 459 wrote:Middle 12 wrote:Sentry 459 wrote:and the setlist
"Everyone Wants Some"? Don't think I've ever heard of that one. AM Radio version!
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Mar 3 12 10:38 AM
“This is a good one tonight….best night of the tour!“ announced
frontman David Lee Roth four songs into Van Halen’s second sold out show
at Madison Square Garden on March 1st. The energy was high and the band
was simply elated, as their chemistry on stage has never been better.
Opening with “Unchained,” the mighty VH set the tone that this
evening was going to be a standout performance that will be long
remembered in fans’ hearts and minds. Roth rocked the old school mic and
has abandoned his on-again/off-again headset which brought back some of
his classic stage antics.
After roaring rendition of “Runnin’ With the Devil” and new single,
“She’s the Woman,” Van Halen dusted off “The Full Bug” causing the crowd
to rejoice as the song made its tour debut in the set list (first time
since the ’82 Diver Down tour)! Turning to bassist Wolfgang Van Halen,
Roth stated, “I told you this was going to be better than the first
Roth huddled together with guitarist Edward Van Halen and Wolfie as
he declared, “We are back baby!” In a rare shout out, the clown prince
of rock & roll directed the spotlight to the side of the stage where
he announced that a fan by the name of Nick was celebrating his 400th
Van Halen show. Roth dedicated the show to Nick before heading into
“Alex take us on an exposition far, far away,” said Roth in a safari
hat as drummer Alex Van Halen pounded his tribal skins for the intro to
“Everybody Wants Some.” Eddie wore a permanent smile on his face all
night as he kicked across the stage and did his side-to-side happy dance
making him look like a Peanuts character. The song saw Dave and Eddie
singing in total unison on the chorus like Mick Jagger and Keith
Richards used to back in the day when they were talking.
“Somebody Get Me a Doctor” was perhaps one of the best songs of the
night featuring Roth struttin’ about the stage in ‘80s-style sunglasses
and blowin’ a whistle, which caught everyone’s attention. Sure he did
his “I forgot the fuckin’ words” routine during “China Town” but
hey…that’s Dave. He made up for it on “Hear About It Later” where he
used a mic stand and performed a James Brown split as if he was a limber
22 year-old performing at Gazzarri’s.
Covers of “Pretty Woman” and “You Really Got Me” had Alex’s
Latin-flavored shortened drum solo tossed in the middle for good
measure. But what really fueled the Big Apple crowd was the obvious
camaraderie between Dave & Ed. They played off each other all night.
At one point Ed was making funny noises with his guitar and Dave
quipped, “That sounds like Woody Woodpecker does heavy metal!”
The only strange moment of the show is when Dave yelled at the crew
to “turn off the blowers” because they were bothering his throat. “You
gotta love New York Fuckin’ City,” said Roth.
The train kept rolling with new tune, “The Trouble With Never”
followed by stellar renditions of “Dance the Night Away” and “I’ll
Wait.” Roth was pouring on his best boogie shakin’ as he slid, twirled
and bopped all about the stage bursting with pure adrenaline.
“There’s gonna be some changes around here,” Roth announced as Alex
started the intro to “Hot For Teacher.” He began tossing out handfuls of
chocolates emblazoned with the VH logo to the lucky fans in the first
few rows. “Chocolate for breakfast,” he declared before turning to a
hottie nearby saying, “Hey baby, how ‘bout some candy from a stranger?
I’ve been up since the late ’80s. I know a look a little rough but I
think I’m good to go. What do ya say?” Classic Roth.
As the Van Halen brothers concluded “Hot For Teacher” Roth stopped
the show and praised his bandmates. “Are those endings not some of the
best endings you’ve heard in rock & roll? They are biblical and we
always perform it best in New York City,” he said.
The background vocals on “Women in Love” were strong and impressive,
even without old bassist/background vocalist Michael Anthony. “Outta
Love Again” made its grand return to the set list and the Van Halen II
gems continued with “Beautiful Girls.”
While the stage set up is rather minimal, the screen behind the stage
is perhaps the best in the history of stage shows. Each song played out
like a Van Halen movie and the images were crisply displayed with a
sepia tone making the look very artistic.
Roth had his solo moment when he strapped on his guitar and showed
video of his dogs Benny and Mikey herding sheep out on a farm in
Indiana. The clips led him to say, “When I put on those assless chaps
(from the Diver Down tour) I never thought I’d actually need them one
day.” This all lead up to “Ice Cream Man,” which showcased a scorching
solo by Eddie who burned up his fret board under a strobe light.
Meanwhile Dave was fiddling with his earpiece saying, “I’m listening to a
replay of the Howard Stern show” before bringing the song home.
“Panama” might just be Van Halen’s most definitive song and the best
number they play live. Truth be told they performed the song even better
than when they played the Garden in March of 1984.
The time came for the pièce de résistance – Edward’s solo or as they
say in the porn business, the money shot. After attending countless Van
Halen shows since the eighties, it might be safe to say Eddie was the
most on-point and masterful during this particular moment. Running the
gamut from “Eruption” to “Cathedral” and everything in between, his solo
was perfectly executed. But more importantly it was obvious that he was
enjoying himself and was fully connected with the crowd. He hit every
note with pure zest and simply did not disappoint.
The rest of the band joined Eddie on stage to put a cap on the
evening with “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” and a confetti-filled encore of
“Jump,” which saw Roth at the edge of the stage waving a giant racing
The crowd cheered the loudest when Dave & Eddie gave each other a
big hug center stage celebrating their renewed friendship and
strengthened bond proving all is right in the VH world again.
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Since her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen so far isn’t doing any interviews in support of his band’s new album and tour, Valerie Bertinelli called into WRIF Detroit’s Drew and Mike show to talk about how the band, and specifically their son Wolfgang, is doing out on the road.
The ‘Hot in Cleveland’ actress was proud to talk about her son’s
skills – “Wolfie can definitely back up everything with his playing, you
can’t deny that he is an excellent bass player and an excellent
musician, his voice is amazing.”
She also addressed Van Halen fans upset that her son took over founding bassist Michael Anthony’s
role in the band, and explained it’s the only way Eddie would be making
musical publicly. “I loved Mike too, I thought he was a really nice
guy, still do,” Bertinelli explains. “But the only way this tour is
happening is because Eddie gets to play with his son Wolfie. Otherwise,
this tour wouldn’t be going on, it really wouldn’t.”
According to her, the lure of playing music with their son is the
main factor that convinced the guitar wizard to get the band back
together: “This brings joy to Ed, and that’s what he wants to do now,
just have fun playing. As great as Mike is, this wouldn’t be happening
if Mike was still in the band.”
She also has a message “for any of the fans that are truly angry that
Mike’s not in the band… at least they get to see a version of the band.
You’re getting to see Dave and Ed and Al play together. I know I’m a
little prejudiced but.. my son kicks ass! And Ed’s playing better than
ever, you’ve gotta give him that.”
As to how the about-to-be 21 Wolfgang is doing on the road, well,
shocker, “he’s having the time of his life. I try to tell him not to
read the internet, but he reads some of the horrible things that people
say, no matter what they’re not going to be pleased. I try to tell him,
‘you’re not going to please everybody, it’s impossible.’ Especially
people who are so passionate about this band. But he’s having such a
great time, I think those naysayer voices are fading quickly in the
She also revealed that her son has been taking lots of vocal courses —
“he does his homework!” — and got his high school degree just recently
after missing much of the 11th grade due to being out on the band’s
Did she have any words of warning for her former sparring partner David Lee Roth,
about how to treat her child on the road? “No, Dave doesn’t need to
have any words from me. He’s a grown man, he knows how to treat people.
Everything with Dave is water under the bridge. I think he’s doing an
amazing job. I run into him very infrequently, but when we do it’s
As to why she’s so friendly with her ex and his bandmates: “With age
comes wisdom, I guess. I always choose to look at the good side. These
are really great people. This is my son. I just want him to be happy.
And this is a dream come true for Ed.”
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Sentry 459 wrote:
Mar 20 12 9:42 AM
Van Halen’s 2012 tour invades Canada with a fury! The band played
Montreal March 13th, Toronto on the 17th, and will play Ottawa this
Wednesday the 21st.
Some amazing fan-filmed footage of the entire Montreal concert has
surfaced. While this footage is great for an amateur recording, keep in
mind that watching amateur concert footage on youtube is more like
watching the show from miles away through a pair of binoculars, while
listening through $+@!%+ earbuds. Nevertheless, these clips show that
the band is firing on all cylinders…
Nothing compares to actually being there in person where you can feel
the power of the live experience, the energy, the electricity in the
air, and the euphoric atmosphere. Experience it LIVE for yourself!
Mar 21 12 11:15 AM
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