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    How did Van Halen get into this position. Hopefully they will set things straight starting tommorow!

    I remember flying from O Hare to LAX (1996?) and hearing "Respect the Wind" blaring through the airport speakers..I was thinking man this band is so cool, almost 20 years a band and they still can write and play simply outstanding, creative and mind blowing music..... They could do no wrong on the heels of 4 number one albums.

    Then the second round of bad news- Sam is gone.
    (Ten years prior my soul feel out when Dave left....)

    Only to have my hopes raised and dashed again with Dave at the MTV music awards ... Dave is gone again....

    Then the whole MTV thing.. over and over.

    Then I get all pumped up when I hear they are coming back with Gary Cherone.
    That summer I get to see EVH from about 5 feet away play at the Jason Becker benefit concert here in Chicago... The roof nearly caved in when he and the ensem' jammed " Ain't Talkin' bout Love".

    The I got the III album, I played it over and over... IT SUCKED!!!
    Eddy sings on a song How Many Say I. Cool idea. Doesn't even put one of his solos on it.It winds up being the worst song Van Halen has ever done it ruins the album." On top of the world" leaves Balance on a high note, this piece of shit leaves the album horribly depressing.

    The live concert is ok Gary falls down a flight of stairs on TV he appears to be gay... Ed jams on the tour - he is great! Mike's vocal rendition of "Somebody get me a Doctor" brings the crowd to a standing ovation!

    Thus begins about 10 years of Van Halen hell...

    The Sam and Dave tour a possible high point...

    Then a reunion with Sam- Ed sucks, drunk and stupid in concert here in Chicago - (I have seen Ace Frehley play better) Ed used to amaze me- now he is simply sloppy and his solo garbage, couldn't believe it was actually the guitar god Edward Van Halen.

    I see Dave solo at Naperville, Il, Ribfest he is o.k. but not great.....A bluegrass solo interlude in the vein of Could this be Magic? is fantastic- Dave can play guitar!

    Now we are here... Can they regain the magic?

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    Can they regain the Magic?

    Will it be magic, or will it be love?

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    They can regain it if they don't try to relive it..just do what they do best and it will be cool. ...wait, theres no Mike..so fuck it.
    I think they definitely had that magic spark when they did the 2 songs in '96. Best songs they had put out in 10 years in my humble yet right opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHI-TOWN FAN2 View Post
    ...almost 20 years a band and they still can write and play simply outstanding, creative and mind blowing music..... They could do no wrong on the heels of 4 number one albums.

    Then the second round of bad news- Sam is gone.
    (Ten years prior my soul feel out when Dave left....)

    ...Thus begins about 10 years of Van Halen hell...

    Now we are here... Can they regain the magic?
    You bring up a point that, IMO, is the root for all the anger and bitterness in this forum. From 78 to 95, it seemed that VH could do no wrong. Thats a long time in Rock and Roll terms. Fans could almost take for granted that VH would continue to produce quality music, tour, and remain relevant forever. Then, from 96 to now, nothing has gone right.

    All band careers have a creative "arc" where there is a rise and decline, maybe a resurrection (i.e. Aerosmith), falls to mediocrity, etc., In VH's case, that fall was a precipitous one from a pretty lofty perch in the music world.

    Can they regain the magic? Who knows. For me, I'm not looking for this tour to redeem their status to pre-96 level (not possible, IMO, without Mike). I just want to hear some great songs played by the creators and hopefully see one of my fave guitarists before time finally catches up with them

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHwasCoolestWithDLR View Post
    Will it be magic, or will it be love?
    I hope it will be both.

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    Even with Mike, it was never going to be like 78-84.

    Whatever magic they think is there now, we shall see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie Velvet View Post
    Even with Mike, it was never going to be like 78-84.

    Whatever magic they think is there now, we shall see.
    Yup, even with Mikey, it's not 1984 anymore.

    VH aren't going to reconquer the world.

    Maybe they can give you two hours of enjoyment hearing some of your old favorites.

    Maybe.

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    Could this turn tragic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menlow View Post
    Yup, even with Mikey, it's not 1984 anymore.

    VH aren't going to reconquer the world.

    Maybe they can give you two hours of enjoyment hearing some of your old favorites.

    Maybe.
    Which is why I aint really upset over this whole Mike thing.

    'Cause this is ten years too late. It should've been done in 96 and done right.

    So at this point I could really care less if they got some other dude on bass. It doesn't matter to me anymore.

    I'm just curious to see and hear how they sound. That is all.

    If it sounds good to my ears, hey, why not.

    If it sound shit to my ears, then I'd rather not listen.
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    The only "magic" here is that Ed made half the fans disappear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    The only "magic" here is that Ed made half the fans disappear.
    jeez man, lighten up bro

    of course they can regain the magic

    that doesn't mean they cannot due to those who are not in favor of this. nor does it mean they can for those who are in favor of it.

    the "magic" depends on how one takes in the show. surely it'll be magical for some. surely for some, not.

    it's a wait n see thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menlow View Post
    Yup, even with Mikey, it's not 1984 anymore.

    VH aren't going to reconquer the world.

    Maybe they can give you two hours of enjoyment hearing some of your old favorites.

    Maybe.
    Bingo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMJ View Post
    jeez man, lighten up bro
    C'mon man....it wasn't like I said...

    "That fuckin Ed made the fuckin audience fucking disappear, that rotten cocksucker!"

    Just speaking my mind is all. I'm not even feeling anger per se, just profound disappointment. You made a good point by mentioning it will be magic for some and not for others. I'm one of the aforementioned "others".
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMJ View Post
    jeez man, lighten up bro

    of course they can regain the magic

    that doesn't mean they cannot due to those who are not in favor of this. nor does it mean they can for those who are in favor of it.

    the "magic" depends on how one takes in the show. surely it'll be magical for some. surely for some, not.

    it's a wait n see thing
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