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    If you went to the August 4th show, please feel free to add a reply with your review here.

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    Ok. Arrived at the show 30 min. late....But as usual, so was Dave. I went with a strict mind of objectivity, but knowing full well, ( and agreeing ) with most of the posts, about the other shows, ive been reading about. The energy hit the stage, and left with...David Lee Roth.
    I expected him to work for his pay, and run out and get into position, like his bandmates.
    He walked...He owned the place, and he knew it. He did not have to try...He was it.
    Ive read here about his look... His 25 year old body, with a 50 year old face, Thats all true....he is a ghost of his former self, but who woudnt be at that age. What did you look like 20 years ago? He's got us all beat on that, Except for the Hair... As soon as he returns to VH,(and the enuff money), he will find a hair stylest that can finish his Rock&Roll restoration.
    I expected Sam to do the same, although, i already knew his look would not match. The 20 minute video was a great idea, it got everyone psyched. The lights went out, the curtain drawn, with the Cabo Wabo cantina in the background, and then... i went limp when they played Bob Dylan's:everybody must get stoned. Not a Verse,
    The whole song... I understand the mentality of it, but it was so slow, and it drug for 3 minutes, while you can see the band behind the curtain.
    Sammy was gangbusters. He was great. The best he could be. When Mike came out, it was a great moment....kinda like the Van Halen gang band. That put Sammy over the top. His voice was timeless. How could it get any better.....But with all that said, it was no DLR. DLR didn't need any guests, or audience on stage. He was the stage.
    To sum up...Sammy is one of the greatest singers/performers of our time. He worked very hard during the show...He truly has made his mark, and place in R&R history....
    But DLR is an icon. He is the show. He's like Elvis, or Sinatra on steroids. His very presence is enuff. No need for anything else, much less a concert.

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    Ok. Arrived at the show 30 min. late....But as usual, so was Dave. I went with a strict mind of objectivity, but knowing full well, ( and agreeing ) with most of the posts, about the other shows, ive been reading about. The energy hit the stage, and left with...David Lee Roth.
    I expected him to work for his pay, and run out and get into position, like his bandmates.
    He walked...He owned the place, and he knew it. He did not have to try...He was it.
    Ive read here about his look... His 25 year old body, with a 50 year old face, Thats all true....he is a ghost of his former self, but who woudnt be at that age. What did you look like 20 years ago? He's got us all beat on that, Except for the Hair... As soon as he returns to VH,(and the enuff money), he will find a hair stylest that can finish his Rock&Roll restoration.
    I expected Sam to do the same, although, i already knew his look would not match. The 20 minute video was a great idea, it got everyone psyched. The lights went out, the curtain drawn, with the Cabo Wabo cantina in the background, and then... i went limp when they played Bob Dylan's:everybody must get stoned. Not a Verse,
    The whole song... I understand the mentality of it, but it was so slow, and it drug for 3 minutes, while you can see the band behind the curtain.
    Sammy was gangbusters. He was great. The best he could be. When Mike came out, it was a great moment....kinda like the Van Halen gang band. That put Sammy over the top. His voice was timeless. How could it get any better.....But with all that said, it was no DLR. DLR didn't need any guests, or audience on stage. He was the stage.
    To sum up...Sammy is one of the greatest singers/performers of our time. He worked very hard during the show...He truly has made his mark, and place in R&R history....
    But DLR is an icon. He is the show. He's like Elvis, or Sinatra on steroids. His very presence is enuff. No need for anything else, much less a concert.

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    Classic VH vs. Montrose, Sammy solo, Van Hagar and the Waboritas. To state the nature of the contest is, to me, to preordain the outcome.

    Diamond Dave hit the stage around 7:40 pm on a sweltering evening in Atlanta. The crowd was late arriving, typical for Atlanta, so it was fine for Dave to start late. If he had started at 7, the place was so empty it would have been like Spinal Tap playing Jazz Odyssey ahead of the puppet show!

    Without much ado, the band kicked off with Hot For Teacher. Dave was a little tight during the first couple of songs. The leg kicks, vibe and attitude seemed a out of sync at first, but once Dave and his band settled in, they and the audience were off to the races -- on a trip back through time, a veritable stroll down memory lane to the great tunes from Van Halen's classic period.

    Unlike earlier shows, Dave seemed happy with his sound and for good reason: his band sounded great! The mix was good, the guitar and bass sounded like they were lifted from the records. And the part that surprised me the most was that Dave SANG almost every lyric.

    Given all the prior reviews bagging on Dave's soundman and given Dave's admitted proclivities to -- fill in the blank: (1) forget most of the words, (2) forget the melodies and song structures, and/or (3) not actually sing much, I can only say that on one night, last night, Dave delivered the best show of classic Van Halen I've seen since I saw them in Tucson Az. during the Van Halen II tour!

    Yes, Dave looks a little freaky and he had a couple of "Ozzy"-like moments, but he still has that certain something, that intangible star power, that mixture of charisma, swagger and humor.

    But the key to the show was the material: in no particular order Dave played the following: Panama, Dance the Night Away, And the Cradle Will Rock, Mean Streets, Beautiful Girls, I'm the One, Atomic Punk, Little Dreamer, So this is Love?, Runnin' With the Devil, Everybody Wants Some!, DOA, You Really Got Me, Ain't Talking Bout Love, Pretty Woman and Jump.

    The performance was tight, the set was frenetic and Dave ruled.

    As I watched Sammy's pre-show video, I knew the evening had, for me, already reached its zenith. What followed was an all you can eat entree at the Sammy buffet that left me wanting more of that more intriguing appetizer....

    Don't get me wrong: Sammy played great. His pipes are still fantastic. His band is good and his set really picked up when Mike came on for the Van Hagar section and for the encore (When's Its Love, Dreams and Cabo Wabo -- at least that's what they did before I left).

    Indeed, the rapport between Mike and Sammy on stage was uplifting given all the crap surrounding the band since 1996 (or 1985?). Given all of the complimentary things Sammy said about Eddie both on stage and in the pre-show video, it makes me think that Sammy's return to the band is only a matter of time.

    But, Sammy's blue collar workman-like show could not elevate his set to that transcendant level Dave had achieved. Why? For me, it boiled down to the songs.

    Sammy gave a great performance of songs that I like, but do not love.

    Dave gave a great performance of songs I love and had not heard live in amost 20 years.

    Sammy may work harder, may sing "better" in the technical sense, and Sammy may be the one who gets to tour with the band again --all of that is well and good.

    But this is the Song-for-Song tour: on my card, Dave gets the decision handily. He's got the best songs, the star power and he flat-out rocked last night.

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    Ok, I was off to the left of center about 7 rows back. It was great seeing Dave since I've been a die-hard DLR backer since the dawn of time. If all the chicks showing their tits is any indication that Dave can still do it, then he in fact still can. I thought Dave was looking frustrated at times. He seemed to be making hand gestures all the time to either the crew or the band. At one point he looked awful pissed as he walked off stage to the right and was yelling at someone and shaking his head. But appeared back on stage with a smile. Don't know what was up with that. Could've been the damn heat, but it was hotter than hell in the amphitheater during Dave's set. Dave back with VH? Sure, I'll buy it!
    Sam came out and played a hell of a show. All of us old timers were having a blast. Sam was signing every t-shirt and booklet that people gave to him. He was the guy you wanted to hang with. I liked Sam before VH, during VH, and after VH. He's great. Sam back in VH? I'll buy that too!

    Sam had the theater rocking. Dave I think needs Van Halen. I think you'd see a much different Dave if he were with VH.....BTW, the gal in the blue shirt? Nice Set..... [img]graemlins/devil.gif[/img]
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    As some background, my first exposure to Van Halen was 1984. My first concert was 5150. I have seen every tour since and seen Sammy solo a couple of times, so I am a big Sammy fan. I also have some Dave-era tunes etched in my memories of growing up since I never went anywhere without the whole VH catalog in my car with me, but I had never seen him live.

    I have read all of the reviews on here over the past couple of months. I have downloaded the setlists, the bootlegs and pictures. So nothing should have surprised me last night, right? Wrong!!! Man was I blown away.

    Dave looks great... his kicks were there, his energy was there and his voice was much better than I expected. He sang the lyrics, swaggered around the stage and just seemed to have fun. His setlist was overpowering. Dave had a good time with the audience and interacted enough that it didn't feel generic to me... I'm sure the women with their tops off helped him loosen up. I could very easily say "his kicks used to be higher, his voice used to be stronger", but my impression when Dave finished opening the show was that Dave could still be the frontman for Van Halen. My other thought was "how will Sammy follow that?"

    Sammy came out and put on a rocking show. His music was much louder than Daves. My ears are still ringin'. His energy was there, his voice was dead-on and his band was tight. I was pleasantly surprised how much better Vic plays the Van Halen tunes than the last time I saw him (about a year and a half ago). Of course Michael Anthony added a shitload of energy to the show and it was clear that a good time was being had by all. Sammy did quite a bit to personalize the show and it really worked well.

    But all in all, Sam's show was what I expected and Dave's was much better than expectations. Maybe my expectations for Sammy were too high and my expectations for Dave were too low. In any case, it was definitely one of my favorite concerts and I think both of these two have what it takes to front VH. I just tend to agree with many of the other posts here that a Sammy reunion would be a big yawn and a Dave reunion would probably be short-lived.

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    Having read the Sam & Dave concert review posts on a regular basis, I was anxious to see the event for myself and form my own opinion. From what I've read in the past, it seems like the majority of fans were chalking up the evenings to Sammy. My curiosity was at 11.
    Dave opened the evening, and his set was amazing. The set list remained basically the same as it has throughout the tour thus far, except with the unfortunate deletion of "Unchained." It was, however, an excellent choice of classic Van Halen, which is exactly what the fans want. Dave-era fans have been chomping at the bit for a reunion for eons, and he realizes this. With a brief nod to his solo career with "Yankee Rose," Dave unselfishly dedicated the rest of the set to the old-school Van Halen favorites the die hards want to hear. In my opinion, this is incredibly admirable. On top of that, his delivery was top shelf. Great vocalization, trademark yelps and spin kicks were gracefully laid on the table. His rapport with the audience has seemed to expand. He was downright hilarious in his classic ribald frontman mode throwing out oneliners and more sexual inuendos than an episode of "Benny Hill." He reeled in the crowd and kept them in the palm of his hand for the entire show. The assortment of bared and bouncing mammaries were certainly a testament to that.
    In short, he nailed it. Dave held on tightly to his title as one of the greatest rock frontmen of all time. He did so with a tight band and a minimalist stage set up. Roth proved that's all he needs.
    Sammy, however, pulled out all the bells and whistles. A nice intro video, hot Cabo Wabo waitresses, fans on stage, an A+ band, and the incomprable Michael Anthony provided a high-gloss rock spectacle. Decent set list, although his Van Hagar selections leaned heavily toward "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge," and many of the best of the band's history were not acknowledged.
    Sam's performance was great. He's certainly milking the fun-loving, beach bum persona, and seems to be having a blast doing it. The result of Hagar's well-planned rock 'n' roll cocktail leaned more toward the higher-budget arena events from his not-so-distant Van Halen past.
    Sammy put on a wonderful show and did so by throwing in everything but the kitchen sink. No fault to Sam. He threw one hell of a fiesta. I must say, however, that it was Dave who really displayed his cred as a performer. Sure, it would have been great to see Roth bronco busting an inflatable microphone or soaring above the crowd on a surf board, but he took the rock 'n' roll performance back to its raw basics and did so incredibly.
    Both entertainers did what they were paid to do: they entertained. Both were absolutely terrific. I will say that Dave's performance only made me hunger for a Van Halen reunion even more. He proved he can do his thing and do it well even without any added glitz. Imagine throwing in Eddie, Al, Mike and a high-dollar production. It would be incendiary.

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    BTW: to the blonde with the red Spidey back pack: your contribution to the show is duly noted and was much appreciated [img]smile.gif[/img] !

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    Originally posted by wjdad:

    But DLR is an icon. He is the show. He's like Elvis, or Sinatra on steroids. His very presence is enuff. No need for anything else, much less a concert.
    Here here, a great quote, and entirely true!!!
    He is an ICON!!

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    I hope you are ready for a winded but thorough review. TommyK, Rodo and Mas Tequila I'm looking forward to yours.

    I was lucky enough to get an email at 8:00 Saturday night that informed me that I was to be included in the On Stage Cantina!!!!!

    Dave hit the stage almost an hour later than posted time, but thats ok. When he came out half the crowd went nuts and the other half stood with their chins dropped. Yes Dave's body is in fine shape. His appendage that he so freely pointed out [img]graemlins/scared.gif[/img] (pickle, carrot or the real thing I don't know) under the gold lame seemed to be as healthy as ever. Yes, his face looks 50 and his hair was nicely applied. His voice was right on, the band was very tight. It was a trip back in time. The performance was as good as most of the live boots from back in the day that I've heard. I just was 'over' Dave really quickly. It was a Vegas show. Not a Van Halen concert. Entertaining enough, and a good warm up act for Sam. Sorry Dave fans.

    Sammy...
    at 9:00 we lined up back stage. We were escorted to Vic's side of the stage next to the cache of Cabo Tequila and Corona. Then we took to the Cantina. In a minute Sammy and the band came out and said pleasantries to us all. Then the curtain dropped and Sammy took charge. You'll have to get the set list from somebody else I was too excited to take it down. He charged through about five or six songs including Van Halen songs Runaround and why can't this be love. I was starting to think that Michael was a no show. But then, Mona left the stage and out comes the Big MA!!! Michael Anthony. The crowd went balistic! Sammy came up into the bleachers during Best of Both Worlds and hung out over the rail in each side. I was in the center over Jesse's set up. So when Sammy came to our side, he put his arm around me and stood up. During the chorus, he held the mic out for us to sing into while I held on to him so he wouldn't fall. At the end of the show in the encore, we were escorted out front on stage and sang into the mic and Mike let a couple of us play on his base (actually it was Mona's and she came over acting pissed and stole it).

    Some guy in the front row center gave Jesse a program and Jesse brought it back out signed by the whole band. Sammy did alot of autographs of anything people tossed on stage.

    Great set list. Good mix of Van Halen, Sammy Solo and one Montrose - Rock Candy. Dave's greatest hits package and a couple of solo tunes was entertaining. But, I would rather have a shorter appetizer with a full Sammy set as a main course.

    It was cool to be a part of the show, to see what the band sees from their vantage. (Some girls should keep their shirts on!!!) Sammy was true to form. I'd say, all in all that performance was up to par or better than most shows. Yes, me being on stage make that a bit bias, but I've been lucky enough to be on front row for many Sammy shows including the General admission show at the tiny Center Stage and this was equal to those!

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    I am sorry that I did not get to meet any of you guys. Marta had me running very late (so I thought) and I rushed in thinking I was missing something. Dave was awesome. He blew away his music midtown performance from earlier this year. His voice sounded great. I closed my eyes a couple of times and it was 1984 in the old omni. Dave has not sounded that good in a very long while. Sammy was Sammy also great but I expected no less. Dave however really suprised me. I would take either of them back in VH but after last night Dave is starting to intrigue me a little more.
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    glad to hear Dave rocked!! have read nothin but good reviews of his show and Sammy too for that matter..
    Cant wait for Wed.,hope it carries over for the rest of the tour.
    Definately prefer to hear Dave sing the songs instead of talk and bullshit. [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img]
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    Well, it's taken me 2 days to recover. I would also like to thank the female w/ the spiderman back pack. What a rack! I was on the 5th row center from the stage. Roth put on a hell of a show. It was like watching Dave back in 84 or 86. Anyone that says Roth doesn't have the voice or the moves anymore is out of their rabid ass mind. The person that posted the review from the Nashville show that said "i feel sorry for" him and that he was "gasping for air" is an idiot. The bottom line for anyone reading this post is that without a doubt DAVE STILL HAS IT. If you are a Hagar only fan then you will not enjoy Dave probably no matter how Dave plays or even if Steve Vai shows up as a surprise. As for Sammy, he put on a good show and Michael Anthony didn't hurt his chances of the night being something to remember beyond Dave's perfomance. From all the indications that i got from the show, more people were there to see Sammy than Dave. The guy at the shirt boothe said that he sells far more Sammy stuff than Dave. But boy you should have seen the wicked smile I got from the Lady at the shirt boothe when I asked her if she had "the BBQ video." To sum things up, DLR was the highlight of my night but all due respect to Sam and the show he put on. It has been said before but the fans in Atlanta and I think we were all knocked out for different reasons. For me it was Dave.

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    Just now fully recovered. First off it was a great show and it's a tribute to all the great VH music. Thanks to Sam and Dave, sure it's a money-maker, you could tell both guys we're having fun and getting off on the fan support.
    Dave walked in like he owned the joint and just kicked ass through the whole set. Sound was good (not great) better than what i've been reading in the last few shows leading up. For any old VH fan Dave's set was awesome, most the hits. What happened to Unchained? i would agree it looked like a pro-Sam crowd but Dave just kicked ass and had the crowd in his hands. I respect both singers i felt the crowd was louder for Dave, much more into the set. Dave's not 25 anymore but he's in great shape voice was good (Dave never going to know as a great singer anyway folks) it's about the music and the show and Ithank him for bringing his A game to the ATL!!!! Brian is very fast on the guitar and the band did a good job.

    Sam came out and did his mix solo, montose etc. Took a while for the crowd to get into his set. The Wboritas were great and I think Vic Johnson is a very capable guitarist. Doesn't try to copy Ed but why should he even if he could? I will say Mike Anthony gave a big boost to Sammy's set, without MA I think it's a totally different show. Mikey looked happy as hell to be jammin' with his old friend. Sam was much louder and his sound guy does a better job. You can tell Sam put alot of production into his set. Wouldn't you if you had to follow a blistering 19 song old Van Halen set. Sam put on a very good show.

    To sum up Dave will always have a special place in my heart. For all the casual fans i polled a few and they were into Sams party a little more. Of course the closer always has the advantage.
    Bottom line we all got to see a great show and i give both guys alot of credit for doing this and keeping the tour rolling!!!!

    It was a good crowd, lots of people on the lawn. tThank god Dave din't start a 7, there was about 250 people in the arena. As soon as the intro for Hot For Teacher started the place filled up and Dave was incredible. If Ed and Al get it together it's got to be with Dave or Sam. We all have our opinions. "Where have all the good times gone?"

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    Ok I think my hangover has worn off by now...

    Wow, what a kick ass show. I got to the parking lot (Pryor side) at about 4:00, I thought we would have been the first people there, man was I wrong. There was a fair amount of people there already getting hammered, so we had to play a little catch up with the Natural Light and Cabo Wabo . We partied in the parking lot for a few hours and I was getting a little worried about the turnout. But as we were walking into the show the parking lot was packed. Yeah me and my friends were probably the youngest there (18-20), but that was alright with me.

    Got into the show at 7, and I was scared with the crowd. There were tons of empty seats and the lawn (where we were wasn't packed at all). But by 7:30 it was pretty much packed. All the seats I could see were full, and the lawn had a great showing as well.

    7:30, I was wondering what the hell was going on, I was like where the hell is Sammy? But if he would have gone on right then at 7 it would have been a half empty crowd. So at 7:30 the lights come on and to my suprise here comes DLR. I was totally suprised becuae on redrocker.com it said it was DLR closing. Dave was Dave, no this wasn't Dave 20 years ago, but this was still Dave nonetheless. He had the Jack Daniel's bottle down by his crotch pouring it own the ladies. He was wearing the bright gold jumpsuit that he wore to Music Midtown too. As soon as I heard the opening for Hot For Teacher I was pumped. Now I am as a big of Sammy fan as there is, but I'll honestly say Dave kicked some major ass. The jumps were there, the kicks were there. A great hour and a half show. The encore of Jump was great. On some of the other reviews for other shows, people complained about not enough crowd interaction. WTF? Maybe he just didn't like your cites or something , because he was having a great time with the crowd.

    A few 24 oz. beers later, the curtain drops with the Cabo background drops down, and on the sound system blasts out Dylan's "Eveybody Must Get Stoned". So we said what the hell and followed directions. The I lifted up the bit of Cabo Wabo that I had snuck in, and took a big pull of it. Sammy came out and stole the show. Dave was great, but this was Sammy's show. He comes out and says, "Atlanta, I haven't been in this motherfucker for a long time." The crowd went nuts. I was pretty much screaming and dancing around like an idiot for most of the show. Sammy's show was much louder for the most part, and this seemed like more of a pro-Sammy crowd, at least in my area. The first time MA came on was great. I was looking for the Jack Daniel's bass, but it wasn't there. He played for a few Van Halen songs. It was a great mix of solo Sammmy and Van Halen songs. The encore of Dreams was great along with Cabo Wabo.

    I don't know what else to tell you, but see this show, this is one of the best concerts I've seen in a long time, if not the best of all.
    Light em' up!!!

    "You can drink the water, but don't ya eat the ice;
    Take your vitamin "T" with salt 'n lemon slice!"

 

 

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