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    http://www.billboard.com/billboard/l...ent_id=1503747

    Sammy Hagar/David Lee Roth / May 29, 2002 / Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)


    The moment came about four songs into David Lee Roth's return to the limelight, during the menacing "Mean Street." The histrionic showman's swagger and smugness -- omnipresent since he arrived on stage singing "Hot for Teacher" with chest exposed, spandexed legs kicking into the air (thankfully without butt cheeks showing) and a thinned blonde mane wafting in the wind -- was legitimized by the crowd's overwhelming roar, confirming Diamond Dave could still energize an audience as he had 20 years ago as lead singer of Van Halen.

    With first night jitters fading, you could see the confident and physically fit singer relax into his familiar theatrical role as rock star. This provided an interesting, if not compelling, contrast to the somewhat unexpected pairing with the affable Sammy Hagar on this, the Song for Song: The Heavyweight Champs of Rock'N'Roll tour.

    Hagar and Roth are alternating headlining duties (Roth won a coin flip a few weeks back on "The Howard Stern Show" to open the first date) and both are playing 90-minute sets. But the surprising sentiment coming away from opening night outside of Cleveland was that Roth had indeed pulled off the underdog upset, upstaging Hagar's somewhat normal solo show with a storied set filled with unearthed Van Halen gems. Perhaps Hagar has more talent but on this night Roth had the songs, albeit with a fine-tuned backing band. They are essentially a cover band, in which guitarist Brian Young nailing every Eddie Van Halen lick with karaoke precision.

    From the jungle beats of "Everybody Wants Some" to the punkish street energy of "You Really Got Me," Van Halen's cover of the Kinks' track (complete with a guitar solo intro of "Eruption"), nothing was missing from this Van Halen retrospective. Highlights included the sing-a-long "Dance the Night Away," the hard-edged "And the Cradle Will Rock," and the raucous "Beautiful Girls," with Roth's vocals growing stronger as the night progressed.

    The only song from his solo catalog was "Yankee Rose," which appeared to have been a patriotic choice. There were no signs of rust or inability to hit the high/howling notes which epitomize Roth's vocal style. Plus, his Viagra stage presence kept the show moving with a rapid pace -- 19 songs in just under 90 minutes.

    In comparison to his solo shows from the late '80s and early '90s, Diamond Dave eschewed his Hollywood gimmickry past for a condensed and concentrated display of his talents and his role within the dynamic of early Van Halen. While he arrived on stage with only his past certain, Roth left confirming his touring future -- possibly someday in the form of a full blown Van Halen reunion -- appeared strong and healthy.

    As for Hagar, his 90 minutes were spent portraying the good-natured Sammy, guitar rocker, earnest singer, and hearty party goer. Paired with Roth, the evening was a celebration of Van Halen appeal; however, Hagar, not wanting to diminish his solo accomplishments, opened with the quintessentially Sammy "Red," with its straightforward guitar riffs and electric vocals. Considering an extended video montage/interview of Hagar preceded his onstage appearance and riled up the crowd, the opening song was a bit anti-climatic.

    Van Halen track "Runaround" quickly followed, and the crowd was at his mercy. With a shortened set (17 songs), Hagar abbreviated trademark live tracks "Three Lock Box," "There's Only One Way To Rock" and "Give To Live" to pack as much punch into his set. A backwoods bluesy rendition of Van Halen's "Finish What Ya Started" was a nice surprise, as were "Top of the World" and "5150." An anthemic "Dreams" and a piano-heavy "Right Now" ended the set on a high, but somewhat predictable, note.

    Interestingly, for an artist who connotes a blue-collar rock ethic, the gimmickry was all his for the evening. This included numerous shameless plugs for his Cabo Wabo Tequila, two on-stage bleacher sections filled with zealous fans and what appeared to be an attempt to meet Roth's expected T&A quotient (which didn't materialize) by airing clips of naked girls from a "Girls Gone Wild" video.

    Missing but far from forgotten from this evening was Eddie Van Halen, who made an appearance in the form of a life-size cutout brought on stage by a gregarious fan. If anything, we learned from this show that Van Halen's trademark guitar stylings can be duplicated and that the band's wealth of material is still heavily celebrated. In terms of nostalgia, Van Halen fans can't afford to miss this power-packed tour.

    Here is Sammy Hagar's setlist:

    "Red"
    "Runaround"
    "Three Lock Box"
    "There's Only One Way To Rock"
    "Give To Live"
    "Top of the World"
    "Why Can't This Be Love"
    "5150"
    "Poundcake"
    "Finish What Ya Started"
    "Eagles Fly"
    "Little White Lie"
    "I Can't Drive 55"
    "Heavy Metal"
    "Mas Tequila"
    "Dreams"
    "Right Now"

    Here is David Lee Roth's setlist:

    "Hot for Teacher"
    "Panama"
    "And the Cradle Will Rock"
    "Mean Streets"
    "Dance the Night Away"
    "Runnin' With the Devil"
    "I'm the One"
    "Eruption" / "You Really Got Me"
    "Beautiful Girls"
    "So This Is Love"
    "Atomic Punk"
    "Little Dreamer"
    "(Oh) Pretty Woman"
    "Yankee Rose"
    "Ice Cream Man"
    "Everybody Wants Some"
    "Unchained"
    "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love"
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    -- John Benson, Cleveland

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    just got back from LA - great show by both guys.

    that billboard review is apt to spark alot of argument here baby!!
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    just got back from LA - great show by both guys.

    that billboard review is apt to spark alot of argument here baby!!
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    Thanx for posting this. Probably the most objective media review of the tour I've seen thus far, but I would not have expected much else from Billboard, which thankfully hasn't turned into Rolling Stone since I stopped regularly reading it.

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    Originally posted by therealdeal:
    Thanx for posting this. Probably the most objective media review of the tour I've seen thus far, but I would not have expected much else from Billboard, which thankfully hasn't turned into Rolling Stone since I stopped regularly reading it.

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    It's kool this was in Billboard, since the mag is primarily for REAL MUSIC INDUSTRY FOLK!!!!

    [ June 27, 2002, 04:28 PM: Message edited by: DLR'sCock ]

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    Yeah you guys were right on, this article sparked a lot of argument..7 posts in a month. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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