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    Good Enough extreme red roth's Avatar
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    Default Let's Try to Remember the Good from last year

    Here is a review I pulled off Sammy's site.
    I don't like the shots the reviewer took at Dave, but other than that, it was a nice review and got me pumped about thinking they could still do something here in the near future...

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    FOUR STARS ****

    VAN HALEN
    Air Canada Centre, Toronto July 3rd, 2004

    Reunion tours generally range from pale imitation to bitter disappointment: as a rule, any band that breaks up and then gets back together is never the same as before. In one sense, Van Halen's reformation with singer Sammy Hagar followed that pattern: The band wasn't as good as it used to be - it was better.

    Whatever problems may have kept the band off the road for the last half-decade (guitarist Eddie Van Halen's fight with cancer, Hagar's attitude, drummer Alex Van Halen's hearing, bassist Michael Anthony's irrelevance) are gone without a trace. This Van Halen seemed more energetic and enthusiastic than they did a decade ago, during their last outing with Hagar (supporting 1995's Balance). From the explosive opening of "Jump" to the first-pumping choruses in "Best of Both Worlds," the band managed to make its big hits seem even bigger onstage. It helped that Eddie played brilliantly throughout, handling the rhythm lick in "Why Can't This Be Love?" with one hand and lending an almost incandescent virtuosity to "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love." But this was no one-man show. Hagar's singing maintained a perfect balance between power and insouciance, underscoring the band's party-hearty aesthetic without undercutting the melodies (a trick former frontman David Lee Roth never managed). And between Anthony's bass pulse and Alex's tastefully virtuosic drumming, "Unchained" and "You Really Got Me" were unstoppable juggernauts.
    Far from being outclassed by the solid-gold oldies, the band's new material - particularly "Up for Breakfast" and the stomping "It's About Time" - was solid and inspiring. In all, the reconstituted Van halen came across as a band, not some collection of competing personalities and agendas - and based on this night's performance, it looks like they're just warming up.
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    Hang 'Em High James in New York's Avatar
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    "it looks like they're just warming up. "


    It sure did seem that way, let's hope that's the case.

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    Good review. Ive just been listening to a boot from the tour - Albany sounds to have been one of the best gigs, tight and Ed's on it. Very powerful.

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    Whether you like Sam or Dave, to say that last year's tour was Van Halen "better than ever" is the epitome of rose colored glasses.
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

    Emperor Brett - "I can't believe you guys are analyzing song-by-song Van Halen III? What next, analyzing the script of Stroker Ace looking for some shred of Citizen Kane?"

    David Lee Roth did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel
    Whether you like Sam or Dave, to say that last year's tour was Van Halen "better than ever" is the epitome of rose colored glasses.

    Did you even them last year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel
    Whether you like Sam or Dave, to say that last year's tour was Van Halen "better than ever" is the epitome of rose colored glasses.
    I think he refered to late Sammy era, like RHRN-Balance years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tranztek
    Good review. Ive just been listening to a boot from the tour - Albany sounds to have been one of the best gigs, tight and Ed's on it. Very powerful.
    Can't agree more. That was the best show by far. It shows hey canstill kick ass!
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