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    Sinner's Swing! the_atomic_punks_rule's Avatar
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    Default VH rehearsal story---SPOLIERS!!!!!!!!!

    From VH yahoo list...SPOLIERS SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    On Saturday night a friend of mine got me in to see a Van Halen
    rehearsal in Los Angeles. (I've been sworn to secrecy on certain
    aspects of this story, including location. Someone else may fill in
    the details, but it won't be me.)

    Photos at: http://tinyurl.com/2yt2sg

    We arrived to an empty arena (except for the VH staff) containing
    VH's full stage setup. No one from the band had arrived yet.

    The stage has a runway which snakes out into the audience in a giant
    "S" shape, which mirrors the lighting rig above it. The "S"
    continues behind and above the stage so a band member can walk to the
    very top and be standing above Ed's rig. There's a giant video
    screen the width of the entire stage, but neither the screen nor the
    stage lights were tested tonight; only the house lights were used.
    (It didn't matter in the slightest.)

    We arrived about an hour before the band while the crew fine-tuned
    the equipment. Drums were tested, guitars tuned, and pink noise
    blasted through the P.A. The general mood of everyone seemed very
    high with lots of smiles and friendly faces. Many people nodded to
    us and said, "hello."

    Eddie was the first to arrive, and very shortly after that, Wolfgang
    and Alex. Valerie was with Wolf as were about five of his friends
    from school, I'm guessing. (They all looked the same age.) Alex and
    Ed spent about 15 minutes on stage noodling while Wolfie was showing
    his friends the venue. The three of them then met on stage and Eddie
    said into the P.A., "We're not opening with it, but let's play "I'm
    The One" just to warm up. And that they did. A funny moment
    occurred when Ed screwed up the bit right before they usually go
    acapella. He spoke into the mic, "Did I mess that up?" Wolf
    confirmed, "Yeah, you were late." Both were smiling.

    After "I'm The One", there was a bit more noodling and then some
    down time as people waited for Dave. I'm not sure if he was running
    late or if that's just how the schedule was.

    When Dave did show up, right from the start, he was all smiles. He
    was dressed in tight, flared out leather pants and a black/striped
    dress shirt.

    The rest of the account is going to contain, for lack of a better
    word, "spoilers" of the show, including the set list, all though not
    in order. If you don't want to know, fair warning.

    Dave addressed the crowd and treated us as if we were guests in his
    arena sized house. He thanked us for coming and talked about how
    excited he was to be here and what a "privilege and honor" it was to
    play with his "brutha's from another mutha." (And yes, that's a
    quote.) He then went on to great lengths to explain what we would be
    seeing tonight: that it was a rehearsal where they would be stopping
    and starting, testing things out, etc. (And he did this all very
    eloquently with many one-liners, as only Dave does.) Right before
    the band began, he explained, "Okay as soon as you hear the first
    note, that's when the curtain comes up." He did that throughout the
    show; stopping to tell us what we would be seeing if this were the
    actual concert. The constant commentary and casual asides reminded
    me of that story I've heard where at a concert he wanted to turn the
    P.A. around so that "everyone could be backstage." That's how this
    show felt. As if we were being let it on the secret.

    The show started with "You Really Got Me." Dave was standing on the
    high part of the "S" stage above Alex waving a giant Red flag as the
    show began. Then he threw the flag down, and for the first time in
    over 22 years, David Lee Roth sang on stage with Eddie Van Halen.

    I'd say there were only about 40-50 guests there that night who were
    lucky enough to get in. Most of us sat in the "5-star" section
    inside the loop of the "S" runway, but there wasn't even enough of us
    to fill it up. And there was a silly L.A.attitude amongst the crowd
    of" Oh-I'm-so-hip- I-don't-need- to-sit-in- the-front- row" thing going
    on, as if this event was an every day occurrence. (After the first
    song, I couldn't stay away, and moved from the 5th row to right up
    front, just off center towards Ed's side.) The stage setup has at
    least 8 speakers just for the people in the first few rows, so you
    don't have to worry about hearing only the echoey remnants of the
    main P.A. You'll get the full mix nice and loud. But Holy God,
    bring earplugs.

    Wolfgang did a fine job, even providing decent sounding backup
    vocals. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about him, but I'd be
    lying if I didn't say that Michael Anthony was missed. While Wolf
    competently filled the position, he doesn't have the same sound,
    either in his playing or in his voice, as Michael. It's such a shame
    that silly personal conflicts can't be resolved so that people can
    finally see the classic lineup again. I do have to say though, it's
    obvious how much Ed loves playing with Wolfgang. He would be all
    smiles when he walked over to Wolfie and after one song, stepped up
    to the P.A. and said, "Great job, Wolf. Great."

    Over the next hour and a half or so the band played classic after
    classic that VH haven't done in years. The Sammy Hagar era is dead
    now, as far as I can tell. (All though when warming up, Eddie ran
    the VH-stripped drill across his guitar as if he was was starting
    "Poundcake", but no more than that.) I was surprised by some of the
    gems they brought out. I'll post the songs I remember at the end of
    the article, but the order will be completely wrong except for the
    first song and the encore.

    The great thrill of the show was seeing Dave and Ed interact. If
    there's any animosity between them, it didn't show at all. Both were
    constantly smiling, and Dave often did the schtick where he holds his
    mic to Ed's guitar during a solo while he looks at the crowd, open
    mouthed in astonishment.

    That's not to say that Dave didn't get pissed, however. He was
    standing out by the far tail of the "S" runway when, in the middle of
    a song, he yelled at the soundboard crew with intense anger, "TURN
    THE FUCKING VOCALS UP! Don't make me ask you again!" I turned to Ed
    to see his reaction, thinking he would be pissed at Dave's behavior,
    but incredibly, Ed just smiled even wider. As Dave walked past him
    returning to the stage, they did a mini-hi-five, low and behind each
    other's back. I don't know what it meant. I'm guessing it's one of
    those things that only makes sense to two people who have known each
    other for decades.

    I never got to see Dave sing with Van Halen live. I got into the
    band in 1984 when I was 12 and didn't see them until the OU812
    tour. I've seen Dave solo multiple times, but am always wonderfully
    caught off guard by his stage antics. He really is the clown prince
    of rock 'n' roll, and I say that with as much affection as I can.
    There's not a moment that goes by where he's not trying to entertain
    you, whether it be with silly facial expressions, dance moves, jokes,
    props or stories. He is the former 5 year old kid who ran up to
    every new adult and wanted to show them everything he owned and all
    the things he could do and wouldn't stop talking until his parents
    told him it was bed time. And that attitude has never quite gone away.

    Thinking about the whole experience, I can't help but smile. I was
    going to write a few more details about the show, (like the brilliant
    way Dave introduces "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" or the intensity from
    Dave that makes "Mean Street" one of the great live VH songs) but I
    think it's probably better to let you all discover that for yourself.

    Song list (again, not in order):


    ******Song list spoiler space*******

    YOU REALLY GOT ME
    ROMEO DELIGHT
    SOMEBODY GET ME A DOCTOR
    I'M THE ONE
    MEAN STREET
    UNCHAINED
    PRETTY WOMAN (No "Intruder.")
    DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
    ICE CREAM MAN
    BEAUTIFUL GIRLS
    GUITAR SOLO - NOT the solo of the 2004 tour. Includes everything you
    want to hear: Eruption, Cathedreal, etc.
    SO THIS IS LOVE?
    AND THE CRADLE WILL ROCK....
    EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!
    SECRETS
    I'LL WAIT
    RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL
    LITTLE GUITARS
    JAMIE'S CRYIN'
    ATOMIC PUNK
    FEEL YOUR LOVE TONIGHT
    LITTLE DREAMER
    ON FIRE
    PANAMA
    HOT FOR TEACHER
    AIN'T TALKIN' 'ABOUT LOVE

    ENCORE:
    1984
    JUMP

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    Heh.

    I will be shocked if they play Secrets, Atomic Punk, and On Fire, I must admit.

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    That sounds very encouraging if true. Love the setlist. Not surprised by "Secrets"- Dave can still sing that well probably. But "On Fire"- no way they do that. That was all Dave and Mike back in the day.- Mike is gone, and Dave cannot make those screams anymore.
    Wolfie is not Mike, but he's more than ok.
    Mike is gone, but not forgotten. They played some amazing shows from 2007-2015; some people are in denial about it.


    9/27/07- Charlotte, NC
    10/1/07- Philadelphia, PA
    10/20/07- Detroit, NI
    11/3/07- Meadowlands, NJ
    11/13/07- The Garden

    05/13/08- Meadowlands, NJ II!!!!!

    2/28/12- The Garden
    3/1/12- The Garden
    4/21/12- Greensboro,NC

    8/9/15- Holmdel, NJ
    9/13/15- Tampa, FL

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    Goosebumps

    I'm grinning ear to ear!
    That was one hell of an experience for you man.
    You did a great job recounting the events (felt like I was there)
    I am going to this show & I am not skimping on tickets
    I want to be up front... Thanks for sharing. CV

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    Nice. Thanks for the info. It's great when you can get in on things that not everybody gets to see. I am looking forward to seeing the show more and more as it gets closer.

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    Interesting about the drill...Wonder why he has it, will he do fix it up jobs during the tour.

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    Absolutly LOVED the pictures!!! Made me have cold chills!

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    Did you guys see the photos? Holy Shit!!!
    VH RULES!
    21 Shows Attended 1993-2015

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    I can't get the pic url to work...
    This sound fantastic if it's true. Was there a drum solo? I'm seeing them in MPLS, glad to hear there's a vid screen 'cause I'm in the back 40!
    Look I'll pay ya for it, WTF...

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    what's with the flag?

    nice pictures, nice setlist. Can't believe I just spoiled it for myself
    Eat Us and Smile!

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    Thats the LA Forum correct?
    VH RULES!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Heh.

    I will be shocked if they play Secrets, Atomic Punk, and On Fire, I must admit.

    is that the sound of you clicking away at tickmaster ordering tickets?
    Eat Us and Smile!

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    This is going to be something alright! Thanks for the story and the pictures!!

    The setlist looks good to me!

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    Just looked at the pics. Very nice. Ed is playing one of the new Wolfgang guitars too.

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    "On Fire" was NOT played last night.

 

 

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