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2012-02-19 10:18:00 AM
In before the "No Michael Anthony, No Van Halen" crowd.
 
2012-02-19 10:32:01 AM
Wow. I've never seen a performing band change their race onstage.
 
2012-02-19 01:38:28 PM
I'll be there in Tacoma on cinco de mayo, if they make it that far on the tour without breaking up. Maybe Wolfie will run of with a band slut and Michael Anthony will come back.
 
2012-02-19 01:39:24 PM
I had to imagine this review as given by Patrick Bateman in order to get through the whole thing.
 
2012-02-19 01:41:08 PM
Never understood the popularity of Van Halen...
 
2012-02-19 01:44:15 PM

Churchy LaFemme: Never understood the popularity of Van Halen...


How about you tell us some of your favorite bands?
 
2012-02-19 01:46:17 PM
Saw VH in Louisville last night. Show was great, even Kool and the Gang. Fans sang along to every tune except for Tattoo, which is now the beer run tune. Eddie was awesome. Dave was Dave ( and missed a lot of high notes, but I've been told by those that know, that he has always missed those). Alex and Wolfie were solid. Dave was hopping and skipping all night til "Panama" and started doing roundhouse kicks til he almost missed one and stumbled on the landing. Kinda freaked a few
of us cause we were afraid at his age he might break a hip and the tour would have ended the first night. They played for 2 hours and did 1984 as an encore. The set list can be googled. It was a solid show, and Im gonna try to see them next month in Nashville.
 
2012-02-19 01:55:07 PM

TiredWings: Dave was Dave ( and missed a lot of high notes, but I've been told by those that know, that he has always missed those)


One of the things Eddie has said I bet he currently wishes he hadn't was that one major benefit to having Sammy instead of Dave was that he didn't have to worry as much about the singer's range.
 
2012-02-19 01:57:33 PM
I truly LOVE the new album but unless I got great seats I won't be going to see them. And the price of those seats is several hundred dollars.

I hope they put out a live DVD of this tour.
 
2012-02-19 01:58:15 PM

SharkTrager: TiredWings: Dave was Dave ( and missed a lot of high notes, but I've been told by those that know, that he has always missed those)

One of the things Eddie has said I bet he currently wishes he hadn't was that one major benefit to having Sammy instead of Dave was that he didn't have to worry as much about the singer's range.


Haha it works both ways, which is why he said it I think:

1.- Diamond Dave has range but oversteps his boundaries due to his enormous ego and fails miserably at the ultrahigh notes.

2.- Sammy Hagar has zero range so he writes the songs taking into account his capabilities.
 
2012-02-19 02:03:29 PM
So it sounds like Eddie got on the wagon? I know a couple years back his alcoholism was so bad (drinking wine from the moment he got up until he passed out) that he was a total mess, musically. Lots of video evidence on the intertubes.
 
2012-02-19 02:15:04 PM
Dave tries to connect to the audience . He was warm. It's like he knew this was his chance to win people back. He did a little sit down ( break for the rest of the guys ) where he showed video of his sheep dogs. It was dorky and he knew it but just kept going at it before launching into Ice Cream Man. As hard as Dave tried, it was Eddies show. It was forth gear, foot to the floor guitar work. People on the way out were biatching about Dave missing notes all over the place and somebody would say " But how bout Eddie?" and the convo would lighten up fast;)
 
2012-02-19 02:15:21 PM
Subby, the music troll tab has been gone for awhile.
 
2012-02-19 02:20:53 PM

9beers: Churchy LaFemme: Never understood the popularity of Van Halen...

How about you tell us some of your favorite bands?


Pfft.You've probably never heard of them.
 
2012-02-19 02:25:12 PM

Capt_Fodder: Pfft.You've probably never heard of them.


Well then, they must be good.
 
2012-02-19 02:41:39 PM
Roth has reached the ultimate level of douchebag now that he uses one of those McDonalds Drive Thru headset thingy ma-bobs
 
2012-02-19 02:48:14 PM
My neighbor is planning to douse himself in gasoline and set himself aflame over the Michael Anthony thing.
 
2012-02-19 02:51:36 PM

styckx: Roth has reached the ultimate level of douchebag now that he uses one of those McDonalds Drive Thru headset thingy ma-bobs


Well, I wasn't going to call him a douchebag, but I did look at the headset and think: Lame. He needs to have a mike to hold to keep his hands busy. Otherwise he gets all Al Jolsen-ee.
 
2012-02-19 02:53:04 PM
Thank you all, I will not be attending.
Headset mic, no Anthony, lame opener.

KFC Yum!
WHAT A LAME NAME FOR A VENUE.

However I will support a Church's Theater.
 
2012-02-19 02:56:12 PM
"Enema! Enimuh uh."
 
2012-02-19 02:58:14 PM

rocky_howard: SharkTrager: TiredWings: Dave was Dave ( and missed a lot of high notes, but I've been told by those that know, that he has always missed those)

One of the things Eddie has said I bet he currently wishes he hadn't was that one major benefit to having Sammy instead of Dave was that he didn't have to worry as much about the singer's range.

Haha it works both ways, which is why he said it I think:

1.- Diamond Dave has range but oversteps his boundaries due to his enormous ego and fails miserably at the ultrahigh notes.

2.- Sammy Hagar has zero range so he writes the songs taking into account his capabilities.


Nope. He was pretty specific. Dave never had great range, the screeching just made it seem like he did. Dave's legitimate, I can hit every freaking note on the scale, range isn't that broad. Sammy had a much broader actual reliable range.
 
2012-02-19 02:59:47 PM

styckx: Roth has reached the ultimate level of douchebag now that he uses one of those McDonalds Drive Thru headset thingy ma-bobs


Dude, he was at maximum douchebag when, as a radio host with less than 2 weeks on the air, he tried to force CBS to air "best of" when he needed some days off rather than using local hosts to cover for a few days.
 
2012-02-19 03:08:03 PM

182: In before the "No Michael Anthony, No Van Halen" crowd.


I wouldn't say there's no Van Halen without Michael Anthony, the band is all Edward but he did provide the band's background vocals sound. And Eddie's at least one of the top 10 guitarists of all time.
 
2012-02-19 03:16:38 PM
"KFC Yum! Center" ---- this really makes my heart barf with indignation for some reason.
 
2012-02-19 03:16:56 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I truly LOVE the new album but unless I got great seats I won't be going to see them. And the price of those seats is several hundred dollars.

I hope they put out a live DVD of this tour.


All tickets were either $30 or $125 plus rip-off charges until the "ticket outlets" bought them all up. I have second row balcony seats at The Palace, center section, cost me $39.50 each.

skinink: Is the gong behind him because he was going to gong David Lee Roth offstage if Dave got too annoying?
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You are under 30. Youtube some early live stuff, Alex used to light it on fire at the end of their set and beat the fark out of it.

182: In before the "No Michael Anthony, No Van Halen" crowd.


I have heard rumors from inside that they are piping in Mike's background vocals live. I'll let you know if this is true or not after I see them in Detroit.


DrZiffle: "Enema! Enimuh uh."


I chortled. Well, The Stones can't have ALL the money, can they?

I give the new album a 7 out of 10. Yeah, most of it was written pre-1980, but still better than the 3/10 I was expecting.


TiredWings: They played for 2 hours and did 1984 as an encore.


They played the intro to "Jump" as an encore? Were they on stage? (I keed, I keed, but what do you mean?")



/certified Rothologist
 
2012-02-19 03:17:42 PM

Mugato: 182: In before the "No Michael Anthony, No Van Halen" crowd.

I wouldn't say there's no Van Halen without Michael Anthony, the band is all Edward but he did provide the band's background vocals sound. And Eddie's at least one of the top 10 guitarists of all time.



Eddie can't sing, even he's admitted this.
 
2012-02-19 03:18:58 PM

peewinkle: Eddie can't sing, even he's admitted this.


I didn't mean to say he did. he plays guitar, keyboard and writes most of their stuff.
 
2012-02-19 03:25:03 PM
Why not? (new window)
 
2012-02-19 03:53:57 PM

SharkTrager: rocky_howard: SharkTrager: TiredWings: Dave was Dave ( and missed a lot of high notes, but I've been told by those that know, that he has always missed those)

One of the things Eddie has said I bet he currently wishes he hadn't was that one major benefit to having Sammy instead of Dave was that he didn't have to worry as much about the singer's range.

Haha it works both ways, which is why he said it I think:

1.- Diamond Dave has range but oversteps his boundaries due to his enormous ego and fails miserably at the ultrahigh notes.

2.- Sammy Hagar has zero range so he writes the songs taking into account his capabilities.

Nope. He was pretty specific. Dave never had great range, the screeching just made it seem like he did. Dave's legitimate, I can hit every freaking note on the scale, range isn't that broad. Sammy had a much broader actual reliable range.


Hagar may have a broader range, but he also has a much more annoying voice and lacks a sense of style like Roth has. Roth is also the consummate story teller. Hagar's lyrics also tend to be on the unimaginative side.

Hagar arguably owes much of his popularity to the trench-work Roth did with the band prior to his departure in '85.
 
2012-02-19 03:55:09 PM
God almighty, the corporate venue names have to stop. Who gets excited to be at the Nokia Theater, or Staples Center, or farking KFC Yum? Hell, even if it was just named after your CEO, it would still be preferable. Staples run by John Sploogerag? Then I'm seeing Slayer down at the Sploogerag.

{/whitepeopleproblem}
/I also apologize for the unfortunately necessary sponsor drops
 
2012-02-19 04:03:46 PM
Eddie looks awful. Hope he stays sober, because it looks like he's only a half-step away from becoming the next Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson.
 
2012-02-19 04:16:05 PM
Not that anything compares with "Hot For Teacher."

The best song in the world no cover band is able to do.
 
2012-02-19 04:36:54 PM
"KFC Yum! Center"

As stupid a name as it is (and it is outrageously stupid), better than than the city spending a few million more bucks on it.

I would have preferred:

1. It not be built at all.
2. A different location.
3. It not be built at all.

But, considering they ignored my advice, at let they minimized how much of my tax money is going for it. And it is nice...Ive only been there for basketball (and women's basketball at that) so far, but its a well done arena. Unlike Freedom Hall, the first few rows arent blocked by the benches and its not majority endzone. But then again, Freedom Hall can pull out the temp seats and handle horse shows, so its a tradeoff.
 
2012-02-19 04:44:23 PM

I Like Bread: Not that anything compares with "Hot For Teacher."


I wonder what kind of shiat storm would be unleashed had Hot for Teacher come out now rather 28 years ago? I imagine there would be a lot of uptight people biatching about the song and especially the video.
 
2012-02-19 04:45:37 PM
From wikipedia:

The total debt on the bonds, $573 million over 30 years, will be paid through several sources. These include the city's $206 million commitment, $265 million from a tax-increment financing district, $179 million from advertising rights inside the arena, $63 million from luxury box sales, and at least $37 million in arena naming rights.

Yum paid $13.5 million for naming rights, but Im assuming that doesnt cover the entire 30 years.
 
2012-02-19 04:46:30 PM
9beers

If made today, it wouldnt have a video, or at least not one that anybody would see.
 
2012-02-19 04:48:46 PM

Tjos Weel: But, considering they ignored my advice, at let they minimized how much of my tax money is going for it.


Oh, I wouldn't say that.


Link (new window)
 
2012-02-19 04:55:36 PM
EyeballKid

Oh, I wouldn't say that.

Oh, its a financial fiasco. But selling the name saved at least $13.5 million dollars.

The city is on the hook for only* $206 million. Plus $265 million coming from new taxes in the area around the arena. So $13.5 million is a drop in the bucket**, but it is something.

*Plus, up to $3.5 million additional each year if the arena runs a shortfall, assuming certain other conditions. But, right now, the arena is running a "profit". In quotes because they are receiving so much outside money, that I refuse to call it a profit.

**pun unattended
 
2012-02-19 05:02:37 PM
EyeballKid

I assume you also saw this.

The new tax district isnt bringing in the expected revenue.

Color me shocked.
 
2012-02-19 05:04:02 PM

El Brujo: So it sounds like Eddie got on the wagon? I know a couple years back his alcoholism was so bad (drinking wine from the moment he got up until he passed out) that he was a total mess, musically. Lots of video evidence on the intertubes.


There was a time after he hit bottom then cleaned himself up that he started working out.
He seem to take it seriously and actually looked ripped in a few concert pics I have seen. Not sure if he's kept it up.

/Eddie needs to be at the gym in 26 minutes.

Churchy LaFemme: Never understood the popularity of Van Halen...


It's all about Eddie's guitar work. Spectacular is an apt description.
 
2012-02-19 05:14:35 PM

9beers: I Like Bread: Not that anything compares with "Hot For Teacher."

I wonder what kind of shiat storm would be unleashed had Hot for Teacher come out now rather 28 years ago? I imagine there would be a lot of uptight people biatching about the song and especially the video.


The woman who played the teacher in the video is 60 now (oh yes, it pops).
 
2012-02-19 05:16:31 PM
I'm going to assume subtard meant "tour kick-off."
 
2012-02-19 05:27:11 PM

Mugato: 182: In before the "No Michael Anthony, No Van Halen" crowd.

And Eddie's at least one of the top 10 guitarists of all time.


Obviously an opinion so no right or wrong but I take issue with this statement.

Tony Iomi
Jimmy Page
Michael Schaenker
Ritchie Blackmore
Rory Gallager
Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Alex Liefson
Randy Rhodes
Angus Young
Eric Clapton

I think all are quite superior to EVH and that's just off the top of my head without giving it a second thought.
 
2012-02-19 05:41:28 PM
Please correct me if i'm wrong, but is it impossible for a band to have two bassists, or was Eddie being a totally dick when he kick Michael Anthony out of VH?
 
2012-02-19 05:43:44 PM

Le Bomb Suprize: Mugato: 182: In before the "No Michael Anthony, No Van Halen" crowd.

And Eddie's at least one of the top 10 guitarists of all time.

Obviously an opinion so no right or wrong but I take issue with this statement.

Tony Iomi
Jimmy Page
Michael Schaenker
Ritchie Blackmore
Rory Gallager
Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Alex Liefson
Randy Rhodes
Angus Young
Eric Clapton

I think all are quite superior to EVH and that's just off the top of my head without giving it a second thought.


Iommi,Gallagher,Schenker and Lifeson would like you spell their names correctly.
 
2012-02-19 05:47:19 PM

chewielouie: Please correct me if i'm wrong, but is it impossible for a band to have two bassists, or was Eddie being a totally dick when he kick Michael Anthony out of VH?


I'm thinking total dick. The worst (to me) was when they came out with that Van Halen guitar hero game and Michael Anthony wasn't in it. At all. Dick move.
 
2012-02-19 05:58:02 PM

puddleonfire: Thank you all, I will not be attending.
Headset mic, no Anthony, lame opener.

KFC Yum!
WHAT A LAME NAME FOR A VENUE.

However I will support a Church's Theater.


That simply proves you have no taste. Even Popeye's is better than the burnt crow they serve at Church's
 
2012-02-19 06:07:45 PM

Le Bomb Suprize: Mugato: 182: In before the "No Michael Anthony, No Van Halen" crowd.

And Eddie's at least one of the top 10 guitarists of all time.

Obviously an opinion so no right or wrong but I take issue with this statement.

Tony Iomi
Jimmy Page
Michael Schaenker
Ritchie Blackmore
Rory Gallager
Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Alex Liefson
Randy Rhodes
Angus Young
Eric Clapton

I think all are quite superior to EVH and that's just off the top of my head without giving it a second thought.


If you knew anything about guitar, you certainly wouldn't have Angus Young in the top 10. Seriously, not even top 100. Maybe not top 500. Tony Iommi had a mutilated hand and was seriously sloppy. Jimmy Page was a great writer and talented player but could never play the same thing twice. In fact, for your list, I'll only give you credit for Alex and Stevie. Otherwise, this just isn't good at all.
 
2012-02-19 06:29:36 PM
No Gary Cherone, No Van Halen

/move forwards not backwards
 
2012-02-19 06:33:35 PM

Mr. Potatoass: thermo: Maybe Wolfie will run off with a band slut and Michael Anthony will come back.

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The only thing this fatass ever ran off with was a jelly donut.


I like Wolfie, but goddamn that was funny.
 
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