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Goo
03.24.12, 03:44 PM
Here's the review thread for the Atlantic City show on 03.24.12.

Please note, unless you went to the show you shouldn't be posting a review. Please let's try to keep these clean by just having reviews in them.

For banter about the show, use the UPDATE & DISCUSSION thread for that.

Thanks!

Set List (Complete):

1. Unchained
2. Runnin' With The Devil
3. She's The Woman
4. The Full Bug
5. Tattoo
6. Everybody Wants Some!!
7. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
8. China Town
9. Hear About It Later
10. (Oh!) Pretty Woman
11. Alex's Drum Solo
12. You Really Got Me
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. Eddie's Guitar Solo
23. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
24. Jump
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Deklon2
03.24.12, 04:08 PM
I still wake up in the morninng on days the boys are playing and look forward to following the setlist.

Gotta be about due for a new surprise.

Deep In Shock
03.24.12, 04:31 PM
As do I. Hoping for a few more gems as the tour moves along!

vanCherone
03.24.12, 06:27 PM
Please let's try to keep these clean by just having reviews in them.

For banter about the show, use the UPDATE & DISCUSSION thread for that.

Thanks!

^ Fail.

VH Gary In NJ
03.24.12, 07:50 PM
First, as you can tell, I don't post much but I am a regular on this board (basically a troll...lol). I have seen every VH tour (all except with that Cherone (spelling) joker) since the beginning when they warmed up Black Sabbath at the Spectrum. I saw the Philly show a couple weeks ago and to be honest there was no way I thought they could top that show. Boy, was I wrong. The band was tight and the acoustics in AC were tremendous. I was in the 18th row on Eddie's side and they kicked ass from start to finish. Less "chitter,chatter" from Dave tonight than Philly. This is definitley a new version of VH. I consider this the "mature" version of the band. I paid 170 both shows and it was worth every penny. A whole lot of band hugs and joking with each other. It was a tremendous show and all I can hope is that they do this again some day. KUDOS to this board as you guys all rock. I have followed many tours on here. No comparision to the tour 3 years ago. This one is tops.

:bounce::bounce::headbang::headbang:

Goo
03.24.12, 07:52 PM
^ Fail.

Relax sparky, noones getting hurt.

Mwland
03.24.12, 09:25 PM
How are the sight lines at your seats. I have similar seats for the KC show

donkost
03.25.12, 12:10 AM
Just got back from AC about an hour ago. Had a nice steak and eggs breakfast at Trump Plaza after the show, and then a 2 hour drive back home in rain (yuck). Man, they kicked my ass to kingdom come. I should be a jaded vet, have seen them from the very first tour, but I stood there in awe quite a number of times during the show. We were 5th row to the left of center and it was definitely loud, but after the first few chords of Unchained I took out my high fidelity ear plugs and left them out. Dave's voice was really, really strong and he let out a few of those James Brown "WOW!" type screams to good effect. He sustained some really powerful notes a number of times. He even sang his revised melody line again for DTNA and with the sheer volume off the stage and the crowd singing along, somehow his new melody line works- the guy is a genius. I can't say enough about the backing vocals, even on Tattoo they were mixed perfectly and Ed and Wolfgang hit them out of the park. Wolfgang is like the glue that holds things together with his backing vocals, and his playing was massive. The kid is working his ass off but in a very unassuming manner. 5 years ago I just tried not to look at his part of the stage, but this tour it is a completely different story. Bass tone is worlds better than last tour when he was playing through a Sound City 200w head into an EVH 4 x 12 cab. This time he has a number of cabs including some 8 x 10 Fender cabs plus the new Bassman Pro (looks like this to me anyway). Ed's tone is fantastic as well, meaty when needed and with a stinging bite when it needs to cut through the mix. His focused solo this tour is just incredible. That's when all of the jaws hit the floor and the cameras were held high. I know the tricks he is performing, can't execute them anywhere near as cleanly as he can of course, yet I still stood there transported in time to a different era related to each series of licks (Diver Down tour for Cathedral, etc.). I don't want to go overboard and say that this is the best incarnation of VH yet, but even the fact that I am thinking about them in this manner amazes me.

I wasn't even planning on writing this at 4 AM. I still need to decompress a bit and get to sleep. Thankfully I am seeing them in Reading on Monday night!

mikehunt5150
03.25.12, 02:01 AM
Go ahead and say it. This is the best incarnation of VH I ever have seen live . Yes I have the original lineup multiple times. Still this lineup is kicking Major ass .

danielb
03.25.12, 02:45 AM
Go ahead and say it. This is the best incarnation of VH I ever have seen live . Yes I have the original lineup multiple times. Still this lineup is kicking Major ass .

Out of curiousity, in what ways do you think the current line-up is better than the original line-up back in the day?

bha19
03.25.12, 03:26 AM
Let me start by saying I am 50 years old and am usually in bed by 9:30 P.M. To get the night started Kool and the Gang really tried to get the audience pumped. I was in the back of the hall 1st level looking toward center stage. I too used ear plugs for the entire show but it still sounded great. Dave is quite a showman and Eddie is top notch as well as Alex And Woofie. My only complaint is the song selection from the new album as others have mentioned. I heard people complaining about Dave's video with his dogs but I enjoyed that. Boardwalk hall is a great place to see a show from any seat (Not sure about behind the stage) and the giant video screen was great. I have seen every version of Van Halen live, even the Gary Cherone version, as well Dave solo and this ranks with the best of them. My 1st was in Ashville N.C. 1982 so I go way back with them.

Deklon2
03.25.12, 03:45 AM
^ Fail.
Vancherone - My sincere apologies for posting that I still enjoy following the setlist threads in a setlist thread. Did it really to acknowledge those who take the time to do it for us.

salg
03.25.12, 09:47 AM
My third show of the tour and VH is still kickin major ass!! From the setlist to how tight they are playing everything is just working great for them. Kudos to Wolfie also. The kid can play!!

Besides VH kickin ass my highlights were the father and son sitting next to me just totally rockin out toghther. When I showed them my VH tattoo's they went nuts and started hugging each other and then hugged me!!! But my top highlight was when my wife looked at me during Eddies solo and asked " Is that really only him playing?" Priceless!!!

KEEP ON ROCKIN BOYS!!!

kingbobyjr
03.25.12, 12:07 PM
Greetings all...I also was at the show last night in AC with my wife, we were rockin' away in section 121 row B seats 7 & 8 (as were most in our section)...me decked out in my Eruption t-shirt and wearing my EVH striped sneakers proudly.

I have seen VH at least once on every tour since Balance (twice this tour...saw them in Philly earlier in the month) and this was my wife's first time seeing them. This was, in my opinion, the best they have ever sounded.

All I can say is...wow!!! We were both blown away. VH was very tight and played with a ton of energy...so much so that at the end of the night...I was exhausted. For me, it was truly magical watching Eddie work, with that infectious smile of his on his face the whole time. His guitar tone had a lovely growling aspect to it. Edward Van Halen is a true legend on guitar and I feel honored to be able to watch him perform at the level he is playing at now at this point in his musical career. David, in my opinion, was excellent. Although he may not always be spot on with his vocals, his showmanship more than makes up for it. He is always quite entertaining to watch. My wife thought he was just a little too flamboyant but then again, that is Diamond Dave. In her words "he almost seems a bit gay". Wolfgang was very solid on the bass and does an awesome job on the background vocals. Alex was solid as always although I think he has watched one too many Neil Peart (yes...my other favorite band is Rush) drum solos. No disrespect to Alex but if you have seen Rush live fairly recently, you will know what I mean. The whole band seemed to be genuinely having a great time up there on stage.

I thought the crowd was much more into it in AC than in Philly. The cheering was absolutely deafening after Everybody Wants Some and for every song up to Somebody Get Me A Doctor. It seemed to me, as in Philly, the energy of the show seems to lull a bit after Somebody Get Me A Doctor but then picks right back up with Dance The Night Away and stays in high gear until Women In Love and Outta Love Again. It lulls a bit again for those two songs (don't really know why...these are both great songs) but then picks up steam again right to the last notes of the finish line flag waving, confetti soaked Jump.

It truly was a magical evening and worth every penny.

As a bonus, we headed down to Boardwalk Hall at around 4 pm and were able to get inside and hear the sound check for 5 or 6 songs. I remember hearing As Is and what I thought was Light Up The Sky. Was anyone else there for the sound check? Was I wrong with Light Up The Sky? I would love if As Is and Light Up The Sky made the set list.

After the show we headed to The Blue Martini in Bally's and got a chance to hear the VH cover band Unchained. That was quite fun and there were some fellow concert goers there rocking out also...one was even wearing the same Eruption t-shirt I had on...though my wife said I looked much cooler as I was sporting my striped EVH sneakers. Me thinks she may have been making fun of me...

Oh well...I have rambled on much too long...

One last thing...if you are Van Halen fan...do whatever it takes (legally of course) to obtain a ticket. You will not be disappointed.

TOM_5150
03.25.12, 08:06 PM
My third show of the tour and VH is still kickin major ass!! From the setlist to how tight they are playing everything is just working great for them. Kudos to Wolfie also. The kid can play!!

Besides VH kickin ass my highlights were the father and son sitting next to me just totally rockin out toghther. When I showed them my VH tattoo's they went nuts and started hugging each other and then hugged me!!! But my top highlight was when my wife looked at me during Eddies solo and asked " Is that really only him playing?" Priceless!!!

KEEP ON ROCKIN BOYS!!!

Awesome!

Zempi
03.26.12, 04:18 AM
You said it all. It was an incredible show. I too was at the Philly show and if I HAD to pick one, I think I liked this one better-esp in terms of crowd too. Met lots of nice people this show. The only thing or difference (not complaint just a thought) was that Dave was not as interactive with the crowd for some reason in AC as I have seen him for Philly...but still busy:). He was more physical/jumps..DOUBLE SPLIT this time.

I so wish I had a second AC show to look forward too. I almost sold my tix for this one (since I picked up a better seat for Reading) but I am so glad I kept the AC. I actually loved Boardwalk Hall had not been there for a while. Great place to see a show. I was in Sec 122 good seats but sure wished I was even closer!



Greetings all...I also was at the show last night in AC with my wife, we were rockin' away in section 121 row B seats 7 & 8 (as were most in our section)...me decked out in my Eruption t-shirt and wearing my EVH striped sneakers proudly.

I have seen VH at least once on every tour since Balance (twice this tour...saw them in Philly earlier in the month) and this was my wife's first time seeing them. This was, in my opinion, the best they have ever sounded.

All I can say is...wow!!! We were both blown away. VH was very tight and played with a ton of energy...so much so that at the end of the night...I was exhausted. For me, it was truly magical watching Eddie work, with that infectious smile of his on his face the whole time. His guitar tone had a lovely growling aspect to it. Edward Van Halen is a true legend on guitar and I feel honored to be able to watch him perform at the level he is playing at now at this point in his musical career. David, in my opinion, was excellent. Although he may not always be spot on with his vocals, his showmanship more than makes up for it. He is always quite entertaining to watch. My wife thought he was just a little too flamboyant but then again, that is Diamond Dave. In her words "he almost seems a bit gay". Wolfgang was very solid on the bass and does an awesome job on the background vocals. Alex was solid as always although I think he has watched one too many Neil Peart (yes...my other favorite band is Rush) drum solos. No disrespect to Alex but if you have seen Rush live fairly recently, you will know what I mean. The whole band seemed to be genuinely having a great time up there on stage.

I thought the crowd was much more into it in AC than in Philly. The cheering was absolutely deafening after Everybody Wants Some and for every song up to Somebody Get Me A Doctor. It seemed to me, as in Philly, the energy of the show seems to lull a bit after Somebody Get Me A Doctor but then picks right back up with Dance The Night Away and stays in high gear until Women In Love and Outta Love Again. It lulls a bit again for those two songs (don't really know why...these are both great songs) but then picks up steam again right to the last notes of the finish line flag waving, confetti soaked Jump.

It truly was a magical evening and worth every penny.

As a bonus, we headed down to Boardwalk Hall at around 4 pm and were able to get inside and hear the sound check for 5 or 6 songs. I remember hearing As Is and what I thought was Light Up The Sky. Was anyone else there for the sound check? Was I wrong with Light Up The Sky? I would love if As Is and Light Up The Sky made the set list.

After the show we headed to The Blue Martini in Bally's and got a chance to hear the VH cover band Unchained. That was quite fun and there were some fellow concert goers there rocking out also...one was even wearing the same Eruption t-shirt I had on...though my wife said I looked much cooler as I was sporting my striped EVH sneakers. Me thinks she may have been making fun of me...

Oh well...I have rambled on much too long...

One last thing...if you are Van Halen fan...do whatever it takes (legally of course) to obtain a ticket. You will not be disappointed.

Deklon2
03.26.12, 04:39 AM
This is an...ummm...professional review. Go ahead and play the "Find the Contradictions Throughout This Review" game as I did. Good times.

Seriously, it seems like these guys take someone else's uneducated opinions and run with them. Without, you now, actually listening and watching. All in all a good review of the band, but the comments in bold are just ridiculous.

By SCOTT CRONICK Staff Writer pressofAtlanticCity.com | 0 comments

ATLANTIC CITY — When David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen kissed and made up after 20 years leading to a 2008 performance at Boardwalk Hall, the expectations were high.


Although solid, the concert came across like an overpublicized blast from the past that showed the classic rockers mostly going through the motions as they ripped through their impressive arsenal of hits.

Four years later, Van Halen returned to Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night with reduced expectations. Time is not kind to anyone, particularly rock stars.

And time certainly has not helped Van Halen. Roth, once a maniacal frontman capable of doing splits in the air, can’t “Jump” as high anymore. Now, he just seems maniacal. Eddie Van Halen — while still offering frequent reminders of why he should be considered a guitar god — has lost a step. Alex Van Halen, although still an awesome drummer, doesn’t pound the kit like he used to. And Wolfgang Van Halen simply can’t hold a candle — on bass or vocally — to Michael Anthony. But it’s hard — very hard — not to get goosebumps when Roth does one of his trademark, goofy squeals and does a high kick over his head Or when Alex offers the intro to “Hot for Teacher.” Or when Eddie rips into “Eruption.”

The sold-out crowd — mostly 40 and up — was certainly into it. There’s nothing like a good arena show from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers satisfied to play hit after hit. Most of Saturday’s concert — like the 2008 show — featured material from the band’s six albums from 1978 to 1984. And also like 2008, there were no tunes, thankfully, from the Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone eras.

The setlist was rearranged but still had most of the VH classics fans paid up to $150 to hear. Opening with two barn-burners — “Unchained” and “Runnin’ with the Devil” — the crowd stood with fists raised, singing along to nearly every word, something they did for a good deal of Saturday’s concert.

The biggest difference this time around was that the band actually had a new album to tour behind. And although “A Different Kind of Truth” is a pretty decent outing, Van Halen was smart enough to offer only four new tracks, spreading them out through the set.

The new songs, particularly the single “Tattoo” and “She’s the Woman,” stood out, with the latter offering the stellar guitar licks reminiscent of the Eddie rock fans fell on their knees for 40 years ago.

As expected, the most memorable moments came when the band played their smashes. By the time the crowd left, they heard “Dance the Night Away,” “Everybody Wants Some!!” “Somebody Get Me a Doctor” and “I’ll Wait,” as well as their famous covers of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.”

Van Halen also mined some deep tracks that may have surprised the crowd, offering the rocking “Hear About It Later” from “Fair Warning” and “Women in Love” from “Van Halen II,” which may have a guitar solo more mind-numbing than “Eruption.”

But the deep tracks and new songs meant the band didn’t have the time — or energy — to play some of their better known songs, including “And the Cradle Will Rock” and “Jamie’s Cryin’.”

Van Halen, while certainly not anywhere near its prime, still can bring it, playing more than 20 songs for just under two hours. With a basic stage set-up, the band seemed content to let the music speak for itself. The only bling were on Roth’s sparkly outfit and an IMAX-size screen that gave everyone in the arena a front- seat view.

Diamond Dave may not have the vocal prowess he once had — taking the easy way out vocally around high notes some of the time — but he’s still an exciting and entertaining frontman. He commands the stage and looks incredibly young and fit for 57 years old. He may not be able to hit the ceiling with his roundhouse kicks anymore, but he’s still fun to watch.

Eddie Van Halen — despite all of his personality flaws, substance abuse issues and bout with cancer — is actually playing better now than he did when he performed outdoors in 2004 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, where he basically embarrassed himself.

If the audience was looking for blistering, clever solos with ridiculous speed and precision, they pretty much got it Saturday night. People call him a guitar god for a reason. And he remains one.

The biggest disappointment of the 2012 Van Halen is the absence of Anthony. It’s not that Wolfgang isn’t a decent bassist, because he’s certainly solid. But the 21-year-old just seems out of place standing next to these rock legends. He just hasn’t earned the right. And he doesn’t offer the backing vocals like Anthony did, which really set Van Halen apart from so many other rock bands.

After two tours with the reunited lineup in four years, it’s clear Van Halen is running on fumes. But that doesn’t stop hundreds of other classic rock bands from touring every few years and making tons of cash doing it. And if Van Halen can maintain this level of play without self-destructing, they are still better than most of those acts.

***

Hyman1981
03.26.12, 04:45 AM
The Show in AC was spectacular...Miles better than 07-08 tour IMHO....we had direct center 19th row seats, My girlfriend and I thought the Boardwalk Hall was probably the best place we've ever seen a show... the Sound was awesome, Highly recommend this place...Eddie is absolutly magical this tour, My girlfriend mentioned she wished Eddie had dressed a little more "rockerish" whatever that means, i told her it was'nt 1985 anymore and that this was a new band. The band was just spot on, debating on going wednesday night in D.C. only complaints to entire night was trying to get a Taxi outta the place afterwards...long live the mighty VH... oh and i do wish the crowd was a little more engaging... i know we're all gettting older but still cmon people its VH...

ED'S A 20THCENTURY MOZART
03.26.12, 06:13 AM
Ok, a little late w the review but I was busy testerday. It was indeed a great sahow.

They sounded fantastic. Right before it started Al comes out w the house lights still on and starts playing. Then Eddie kicks in.

The whole show was a highlight, only bump was possibly 'chinatown'. Other than that....It was awesome.

I met Jim Florentine and took a pic w him. He was getting beer. 10.50 a beer btw. Large cups tho..;)

I have tons of pics but do not know how to get them in that thread.

I was first level, Ed's side.

Smiles from the crowd the whole night..

VH fans are the most fun and nicest out there. Everyone friendly, havin a good time.

Great, superb show. HAIL was awesome..SGMAD..AWESOME..they were all good.

I'll Wait is def a crowd favorite, and it sounds rockin!

Slightly better than the Philly show as they were both terrific. Only prolly cause I had a better seat in AC.

Oh and during Ed's solo Al just hangs by his drums by ed's amps on stage level. Just talking to someone, sometimes looking up at the big screen. Just thought that was cool, :cool:

AnywayI have tons of pics..wish I could post them.

:headbang: :)

Kevin Dodds
03.26.12, 07:27 AM
Scott Cronick may proceed to STFU.

KBD3

evhisagod
03.26.12, 07:53 AM
Scott Cronick may proceed to STFU.

KBD3

So who is this Scott Bitemycrank? A staff writer for AC Press? WTFE

As to your quote, I concur wholeheartedly

:thumb:

mannyroth
03.26.12, 08:03 AM
By SCOTT CRONICK Staff Writer pressofAtlanticCity.com | 0 comments

ATLANTIC CITY — When David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen kissed and made up after 20 years leading to a 2008 performance at Boardwalk Hall, the expectations were high.


Although solid, the concert came across like an overpublicized blast from the past that showed the classic rockers mostly going through the motions as they ripped through their impressive arsenal of hits.

Four years later, Van Halen returned to Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night with reduced expectations. Time is not kind to anyone, particularly rock stars.

And time certainly has not helped Van Halen. Roth, once a maniacal frontman capable of doing splits in the air, can’t “Jump” as high anymore. Now, he just seems maniacal. Eddie Van Halen — while still offering frequent reminders of why he should be considered a guitar god — has lost a step. Alex Van Halen, although still an awesome drummer, doesn’t pound the kit like he used to. And Wolfgang Van Halen simply can’t hold a candle — on bass or vocally — to Michael Anthony. But it’s hard — very hard — not to get goosebumps when Roth does one of his trademark, goofy squeals and does a high kick over his head Or when Alex offers the intro to “Hot for Teacher.” Or when Eddie rips into “Eruption.”

The sold-out crowd — mostly 40 and up — was certainly into it. There’s nothing like a good arena show from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers satisfied to play hit after hit. Most of Saturday’s concert — like the 2008 show — featured material from the band’s six albums from 1978 to 1984. And also like 2008, there were no tunes, thankfully, from the Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone eras.

The setlist was rearranged but still had most of the VH classics fans paid up to $150 to hear. Opening with two barn-burners — “Unchained” and “Runnin’ with the Devil” — the crowd stood with fists raised, singing along to nearly every word, something they did for a good deal of Saturday’s concert.

The biggest difference this time around was that the band actually had a new album to tour behind. And although “A Different Kind of Truth” is a pretty decent outing, Van Halen was smart enough to offer only four new tracks, spreading them out through the set.

The new songs, particularly the single “Tattoo” and “She’s the Woman,” stood out, with the latter offering the stellar guitar licks reminiscent of the Eddie rock fans fell on their knees for 40 years ago.

As expected, the most memorable moments came when the band played their smashes. By the time the crowd left, they heard “Dance the Night Away,” “Everybody Wants Some!!” “Somebody Get Me a Doctor” and “I’ll Wait,” as well as their famous covers of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.”

Van Halen also mined some deep tracks that may have surprised the crowd, offering the rocking “Hear About It Later” from “Fair Warning” and “Women in Love” from “Van Halen II,” which may have a guitar solo more mind-numbing than “Eruption.”

But the deep tracks and new songs meant the band didn’t have the time — or energy — to play some of their better known songs, including “And the Cradle Will Rock” and “Jamie’s Cryin’.”

Van Halen, while certainly not anywhere near its prime, still can bring it, playing more than 20 songs for just under two hours. With a basic stage set-up, the band seemed content to let the music speak for itself. The only bling were on Roth’s sparkly outfit and an IMAX-size screen that gave everyone in the arena a front- seat view.

Diamond Dave may not have the vocal prowess he once had — taking the easy way out vocally around high notes some of the time — but he’s still an exciting and entertaining frontman. He commands the stage and looks incredibly young and fit for 57 years old. He may not be able to hit the ceiling with his roundhouse kicks anymore, but he’s still fun to watch.

Eddie Van Halen — despite all of his personality flaws, substance abuse issues and bout with cancer — is actually playing better now than he did when he performed outdoors in 2004 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, where he basically embarrassed himself.

If the audience was looking for blistering, clever solos with ridiculous speed and precision, they pretty much got it Saturday night. People call him a guitar god for a reason. And he remains one.

The biggest disappointment of the 2012 Van Halen is the absence of Anthony. It’s not that Wolfgang isn’t a decent bassist, because he’s certainly solid. But the 21-year-old just seems out of place standing next to these rock legends. He just hasn’t earned the right. And he doesn’t offer the backing vocals like Anthony did, which really set Van Halen apart from so many other rock bands.

After two tours with the reunited lineup in four years, it’s clear Van Halen is running on fumes. But that doesn’t stop hundreds of other classic rock bands from touring every few years and making tons of cash doing it. And if Van Halen can maintain this level of play without self-destructing, they are still better than most of those acts.

***


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