Monday, February 27, 2012

We Went To See Van Halen

You can't get a medic on a subway line. That's what David Lee Roth wants us to believe. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to test his statement, as I traveled to see Van Halen via taxi to the United Center in Chicago.

I had seen Van Halen perform live once during the Hagar era but had always wanted to see them in their full glory with David Lee Roth. When I was able to obtain tickets for the show, I jumped at the chance and was happy to drag Jason and two of my brothers along for the ride. It was a great show. Eddie looks great and appears to be clean and sober. He proved several times over that he's still Generation X's best guitarist. Cleaning up your act is not an easy thing to do when you have the sort of money and access that he has had. I'm really pleased for him; not only has he cleaned up his act, but his amazing talent is back in full force. David Lee Roth might not be doing acrobatics on stage anymore, but his voice is still as strong as ever. Alex Van Halen is still a thunderous drummer. And, I hate to say it, but I actually didn't miss Michael Anthony on the harmonies. Wolfgang Van Halen handled that part as well as he handled the bass.

Kool and the Gang was an odd choice for an opening act. We probably overplayed the joke about how we were all there to see Kool and the Gang and not that hair metal band playing afterward. I shot a fair amount of video before, during and after the show. You'll find a compilation of it below. Under that is the Van Halen setlist for their "Different Kind Of Truth" tour.

Van Halen. Different Kind Of Truth. Setlist

1. You Really Got Me
2. Runnin' With the Devil
3. She's The Woman
4. Romeo Delight
5. Tattoo
6. Everybody Wants Some!
7. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
8. China Town
9. Mean Street
10. Oh, Pretty Woman
11. Drum Solo
12. Unchained
13. The Trouble with Never
14. Dance The Night Away
15. I'll Wait
16. Hot For Teacher
17. Women In Love
18. Outta Love Again
19. Beautiful Girls
20. Ice Cream Man
21. Panama
22. Guitar Solo
23. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
24. Jump

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