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    Okay this review happens to be my first post, but I've been hanging around here ever since they shut down the Pleasure Dome. A little background: I was 8 years old when Dave & VH parted company and had never seen him live. I've seen Sammy w/ VH 2 times. Love both eras of the band (I'm not a Dave's better than Sam or Sam's better than Dave guy), but never having seen Dave I was perhaps a little more eager to see him.

    Amazing show last night. Looked pretty full--according to Sam there were 14,000 of us there last night.

    Dave was an absolute blast! His singing voice wasn't his strong suit: by no means was it bad, but it wasn't great either. As with some of the other show reviews I've read, it sounded as if his voice should have been turned up louder in the mix (Sammy's sound guy was better). To be perfectly honest though it didn't matter. Dave was a flat-out rock star last night. His stage presence, swagger, banter screams etc. were stellar. The band was tight and pounded through the setlsit. There were only subtle differences in the guitar, bass, and drum sound as compared to Ed, Mike and Al. The biggest difference in the sound was in the backup vocals--not exactly Michael Anthony caliber. Personal faves were "Everybody Wants Some," "Runnin' With the Devil," "D.O.A.," and "Ice Cream Man." I felt invincible listening to Diamond Dave.

    Sammy began his show with a video which was very complimentary of his days with VH. Sammy interacted with the crowd more than Dave. He was serving drinks, signing autographs and wearing just about any article of clothing thrown on stage most notably Joey Porter's #55 Steelers jersey w/Hagar on the back. Someone tossed a Browns' Tim Couch jersey up on stage and Sammy promptly cleaned his crotch with it. Sammy's singing voice was as good as, if not better, than the last the last time I saw him whcih was on the Balance tour in '95. Damn good pipes. His setlist inlcuded a healthy dose of VH. Personal faves were "Best of Both Worlds" and "Finish What You Started." I could have cared though about some of his solo artist selections: "Shaka Doobie," "Three Lock Box," or the Montrose "classic" "Rock Candy." The band was good-the guitarist was more adept w/ Sammy's solo tunes than VH's but did an admirable job w/ the VH songs just the same. The backup vocals were better than Dave's but still didn't measure up to Michael Anthony who was not at last night's show. I could have done without the Cabo Wabo Tequila bottle pinata and and the streamers but all-in-all Sammy's show was a real good time as well.

    Bottom line: Dave, Sammy, Mike, Ed and Al should be touring together and performing the only two eras of VH that matter. I have no idea what they're waiting for.
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    i made the 2 1/2 hour drive to the 'Burgh to catch Dave's set...as good as they were opening night, two months on the road has improved the band. really everything's gotten better, the lights, the video, the sound...the pavilion was packed, maybe the last 6 rows empty, and the lawn was full, too. Dave had everyone on their feet through his whole set. it was cool hearing DOA this time around.

    i'm glad i decided to do a short road trip for this one, made a good weekend great...i packed up after Dave's set and was on the road before Sammy hit the stage. i wanted to be back by midnight, and i was only 11 minutes off...
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    If you went to the August 11th show, please feel free to add a reply with your review here.

    Let's try to keep this thread for REVIEWS ONLY, and not for discussion. That way, it will be easy for people to read them.

    If you want to discuss this particular show, just make a new thread for that.

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    I'll keep it short.Dave was awesome!Sammy was awesome!I'm still trying to get my voice back!If you haven't attended yet,forget all the negative crap previously posted and enjoy!It was great to hear all the tunes!If anyone has audio please post and if you somehow got video contact me for trades!!!!
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    I caught the show and I had a BLAST! Dave is clearly the greatest frontman that ever lived. I went to see a show, not necessarily to hear flawless performing and eddie clones. Dave wore a purple and black diamond pattern suit that made me smile the entire time. Roth can clearly front VH again. Very few bands are as good as they were 20 years ago, but I believe VH could rule rock again.
    Sam was great as well, but it was Dave that I wanted to see. He gave me chills as he belted out the classics. It would have been nice to see Dave headline the night. That way I could have tailgated a little longer.
    Dont miss Dave and Sam. And dont be surprised to see this tour keep on movin. 14,000 devoted fans is nothing to scoff at. I'd love for this show to be captured on a 2 set dvd. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    First time poster---Lurker since the Sam & Dave tour was rumored. Big VH fan never missed DLR led tour. Missed last Sammy led VH tour. No interest in VHIII. Big Sammy fan at the same time as VH. I have seen all Sammy solo tours.
    When Sammy joined VH I was nervous that I would lose something from both. I did but Van Hagar was great too.

    When DLR came on stage everyone stood up and he went right into HFT. He sounded horrible but it was not him. By the third or fourth song the sound was better and by the time he sang ATBL he was fantastic. As in previous posts his sound people suck. He interacted with the crowd more than I thought he would. Not with talking but with showmanship. No one can touch that set list. The crowd sang almost every song. He did not screw up any songs he just sang them. I was very suprised with all the negative info. DLR and his band were great.

    Sammy threw a party and kicked ass. Many have complained about Sammy's stage and Cabo Wabo commercialism and I disagree. It is the same stage he used on his last 2 solo tours. He wants it to be a party and he involves the audience and his band the waboritas. Sammy's show was diffently louder. I just do not get the sound differences.

    What a double bill. I think both equal response from the crowd. All those great songs in one evening. If you have not gone go.......

    Either one or both could front VH today and sell out concerts for one tour but could great music come out of 5150 again? Thanks for putting up with the long post. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]

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    Did anybody happen to get a recording of this show? Audio or video?

    I have a list ready.

 

 

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