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    Hagar, on the other hand, looks like he has forgotten what it means to rock and roll, and has surprisingly become more of a parody of his former self than Roth. Once the scrappy boxing glove clad singer for Montrose and later Van Halen, Hagar is now the goofy and affable Cabo Wabo guy. Bringing onstage two sets of bleachers filled with the most drunken fans available from Philadelphia, a makeshift bar, and waitresses delivering drinks in skimpy outfits, it was Hagar, and not Roth, who went for the cheap cheers by getting the titty-cam started. Hagar ambled across the stage in a display of shameless self-promotion with his "Cabo Wabo" T-shirt on, intent on playing the role of "the working man's rocker."

    Opening with the horrendous "Shaka Doobie" from his latest album, Ten 13, Hagar weaved in and out of too many numbers from his less than prolific solo outings along with his standard fare of Van Halen songs that his backing band seemed intent on butchering. Telling stories before many of them about how he and Eddie originally came up with the compositions, Hagar seemed like a man pining for an ex-wife, playing with more or less resignation than emotion. By the time he closed his set with "Dreams" from the Van Halen landmark 5150, much of the crowd had already begun to walk out. Perhaps it was for the best, as they missed his multiple failures to reach the high notes of the track.

    "Song for a song," the evening clearly belonged to Roth. The quality of music, the stage presence and the selection of hits played all pointed to a win. Hagar was spent and didn't care about the sound of the band or his appearance. Going through the motions was painfully Sammy's show, while Dave was out to prove himself.

    If Hagar can ever get over his hatred and jealousy of Roth and accept that he was not the original frontman for Van Halen. Maybe he can salvage his dismal solo career.

    The constant mentioning of Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and the band itself just shows his insecurities and fears.

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    [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img] Great review! [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]

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    While Roth had all the best tunes to play (early Halen is hands-down better), Hagar came out victorious in this battle of egos. Part of the reason Hagar was better was simply because of his track record. He fronted Montrose in the '70s, started a solo career, joined Van Halen, and then returned to his solo career. He's been steadily performing since the '70s. Roth's solo career never amounted to anything, and he hasn't played regularly in years.

    And it showed. Hagar's band flawlessly played everything from solo hits such as "Mas Tequila" and "I Can't Drive 55" to Halen songs such as "Finish What Ya Started." By the time the set ended with a flurry of confetti, Hagar had made his point. He might not be able to do karate kicks, but his showmanship is derived from the music, not the dance moves. And the clincher? Hagar doesn't wear a wig.

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    Music reviewers medium-sized city newspapers and websites no one reads are obviously the Immanuel Kants and Jean Paul Sartres of our age.

    Why have opinions of one's own when these Wile E. Cyotee like hyperkynetic super geniuses are floating around spouting off opinions with eloquent discourse on the level of "he sucks donkey balls"?
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