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    Default ***Little Rock Reviews****

    Just got back from the show. I would give it a 9 out of 10. Not much to say that anyone else has already said about the shows on the 2nd leg of the tour. Sound was pretty good and Eddie played well. He is showing his age I think. I enjoyed the show and can't put my finger on it, but something is missing. Dunno what it is. Okay gotta hit the sack. Will post more tomorrow.

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    Great show!

    Just got back in from the Little Rock show. Here's a few notes (with perhaps more to come later, when I'm not as tired):

    1) Of course, set list was the exact same as every other show.

    2) Eddie was clearly, obviously, sober and played as well as I've seen/heard him since '98. He was smiling the entire night, constantly joking with Dave and must have kissed Wolfgang 10 times.

    3) Dave and Wolfgang have developed quite the rapport. From where I sat - on the front row, in between Wolf and center stage - their rapport was clearly visible. In hindsight, I absolutely think the "Shut your fucking mouth, Wolfie" comment from Dallas was nothing but a joke on Dave's part, and that he meant no ill will with the comment.

    4) We were treated to the "ba-ba-da, shoobie-doo-wa" part of "I'm The One" tonight, and Dave made several references to Little Rock and Arkansas.

    5) The guy behind me had an Arkansas Razorbacks football jersey personalized with "Wolf" on the back. Ed and Wolf noticed it throughout the show and pointed at it a couple of times. Towards the end of the show, the guy tossed the jersey to Wolf, who put it on his shoulder for a couple of minutes and then threw it back. Lo and behold, 3 minutes later, security shows up and throws the guy out for tossing the jersey on stage. MAJOR power trip on the part of security tonight. No pictures or anything allowed.

    6) Wolfie's tech, Chris, explained that the black Wolfgang Fender (with the number 4 on the front) Ed was playing on the early tour dates was one of 8 prototypes sent to Ed by Fender. Now that Ed has more or less finalized the design and worked out the kinks of the new Wolfgang, he is now playing the cream colored Wolfgang instead.

    7) I'm not sure as to whether or not background vocals are being piped in, but I can definitively say that Wolfgang is playing every bass note in the show. After watching him all night from the front row, I am 100% confident as to this. Please put the "hidden bass player under/behind the stage" rumors to rest.

    All in all, a great show. The band seemed to enjoy it at least as much as the crowd did. I'll go again every chance I get!

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    Default Solid Show for Little Rock

    I hope I'm not inviting trouble for a first post, but here it goes.

    The show started out very tight and rocked hard VH style. Ed appeared very sober and hit everything on the mark, although as with all the solos he took a lot of liberty (I'll leave it at that). The band had a lot of energy and were forceful, 'similar' to the CVH of the past.

    The security as the other review noted was a nightmare. If you were anywhere out of place, slightly in the isle, or looked like you didn't belong, you were promptly told or escorted to wherever you paid to be.

    Anyway the sound for the arena was good provided you were on the Floor, I had a floor seat mid-way out. Probably the better view for the show, given that the place is not that large, would have been up and on the side, however the sound is pretty bad on the sides of the arena. This is the same for any show there.

    Alex was as good as any time past or present. Nothing new here.

    New adlibs from Dave as compared to the DVDs of shows I've seen, and better stage prescence. Dave seemed to be more like the Dave of the past. Good delivery. Didnt seem hokey, didnt cater to Wolfgang at all, and tore through it like DLR.

    Dave was solid throughout.

    Ed on the other hand started to slip about halfway through the show. After Alex's drum solo Ed came back affected somehow. He smudged his way through chords, had a bit of trouble with more intricate parts (Little Guitars), and had trouble hitting fills and solos. Also, his playing for some reason, not the guitar, sounded out of tune. Not from hitting wrong notes, which he did do, but holding the chords out of tune - thats the only way to describe it. Perhaps it was the guitar but I'm more inclined to point to his playing. The average VH fan probably wouldnt have noticed anything at all. Being a musician sort of curses Live shows in that way, you notice everything wether you want to or not.

    Eds Eruption/Cathedral solo towards the end of the show was good, no major flubs here, but it was a struggle. The solo was cut short compared to earlier in the tour.

    Ed never showed one sign of drunkeness or anger; he was smiling and happy the entire night and appeared sober, although he started slipping, so to speak, after the drum solo.

    A couple of songs started off in the wrong key. I'm not sure if that was Ed or Wolf.

    Ed and Dave had a short back and forth at one point during the latter part of the show with their backs to the audience. Ed grabbed a drink out of a sports bottle off the drum riser and Dave walks over and there is some back and forth for a bit. No idea obviously what that was about, and of course as a CVH fan I'm gun shy about the drinking and maybe the not getting along thing.

    Ok, as for Wolfgang, he was there, but I dindn't really notice him that much. He just doesnt have enough energetic stage presence or just stage plain presence. But what can you really say, this is his first Live playing experience as far as I know.

    Overall a good show, and this show seemed to have a bit more energy than the last part of the tour. This oponion of course is taken from what I've seen on video.

    Enjoyable show, too bad the best seats for sound and the seats for best stage visual were not the same, that is unless you had the front row thing happening.
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    Here are a few more random thoughts on the show.....

    1. As mentioned Security was a joke. They were telling people not take pictures w/ your cell phones. I did see the jersey thrown on stage, but didn't realize they threw the guy out.

    2. Know doubt the backround vocals are piped in.

    3. I caught myself watching the video screen more than the show. Its cool, but very distracting.

    4. I loved Al's solo. I wish he would do the whole solo w/ the backround salsa type music. Very cool.

    5. Dump the damn ramp if its not gonna be used more.

    6. Ed stays almost in the center of the stage the whole time. If you bought tix thinking your gonna be on Ed's side, beware.

    7. I miss Mike.

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    Sorry to condradict matte... but I had a definate difference in observation of Wolf's bass suppliments.

    My whole review can be read here:

    http://www.diamonddavidleeroth.com/f...?topic=19348.0

    Here's my thoughts/observations on Wolfie and his bass is being supplimented via the keyboards stage right...

    Wolfie... we'll he's gotten more relaxed and interactive on stage. Still got a long ways to go before he's developed some showmanship. Yes he's playing the bass up there and in some songs and some parts his playing is audible and can be heard clearly in the mix... But I definately stress the some aspect. There were numerous times on every song where what was coming through the mains was not Wolfgang's bass playing.

    We were seated in the lower level on Wolf's side at right about stage height about 20 feet from the stage. I saw several times he'd be stage right where the ramp meets the stage clowning with his tech who was flinging picks to him from the floor level during songs. While this was going on Wolf was sometimes holding/pounding a note with his left hand and trying to catch picks with his right hand. While this is happening the root bass notes are pounding out through the PA. Wolfie wasn't playing them.

    Stage right there's a box tent front side and with in that is the keyboard and mixing gear for it and the monitors. From what I heard throughout the show is there's keyboards supplimenting the bass throughout the show. This was clearly evident at times when he's out there strumming all 4 strings like a wild banshie and pulling wild slides and there's a steady root note or simple half note duplicates pumping out of the speakers. If he was up in the mix it would sound like total shit.

    Bottom line... if Uncle Al says Wolf earned his spot on the stage... I scoff and say bullshit. Props to the kid to help motivate his father to clean up and get the band back with Dave. I'm very grateful for that. But what I saw and heard from the bass and the keyboard player... if a choice was possible I'd rather Michael was there... It's is what it is...

    Overall I had a great time and took my sons who really enjoyed the show.
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    The Gods TRULY delivered last nite in LR. Sure, there were moments here and there where notes weren't dead on and hey, Eddie's 52 years old--maybe he gets a bit TIRED after shredding it up for over an hour! That would explain the "difference" the earlier poster mentioned in EVH's post-drum solo performance.

    As for me, a DIE-HARD fan who's followed this band since seeing them in Shreveport in 1977 as an opening act, it was SOOOO good to see DLR and EVH back on stage together. I waited 24 years for last nite and the guys did NOT disappoint in anyway.

    Particularly noteworthy was Mean Streets-- Al, Eddie and Wolf were WICKED tight on this tune.

    Dave was in GREAT throat and hit his notes with vigor and aplomb!

    Pick nits if you must, but for those of us who love this band and its music, the concert is a sho nuff time travel experience, and you WILL be transported back to the Summer of 1984 and for a couple of hours, you'll be 20 years younger again!

    GO SEE THIS SHOW--Don't let the nay sayers and nit pickers assuage you! I can't comment on the sound issues that some arenas have apparently experienced, but the sound was good last nite at Alltel.

    VH Rules!!!

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    Great show, had a great time.

    Ed - seemed sober and happy. Didn't notice him slipping after the drum solo like some have said. Of course this was around beer #13 for me so i didn't notice much...
    Al - Incredible, the glue that holds this wobbly boat afloat
    Wolf - Decent, kid can play
    Dave - The showman we all love. Made up for his voice tiring out near the end.

    They hit the stage at exactly 50 minutes after the opener did. So get your beers and get back to your seat, they ain't gonna wait for you.

    Consider my socks rocked the fuck off!

    Good times....If you don't go see this tour, you are a girl
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    Second time on the tour for me..This time was front fucking row seat 5. Anyway, this show blew the roof off if i say so myself. I saw them in KC back in oct and while that show was good this one was GREAT!

    They had tremendous energy all nite and for those to complain about eddie, the man is getting old and wouldn't doubt if he had some arthritus in the hands and over time in a show its hard to hold the notes like they should be but i'll tell you this he totally killed for sure. They interacted great with the crowd and you can tell Eddie and Dave really appreciated the fans with the eye contact they had with all of us on the front row with the pointing and smiling, laughing, the show was one big party. These guys are a true picture of what rock music is. Great seeing the vintage Eddie Van Halen smile that is as big as his guitar playing. STILL WOULD'VE LIKED TO HEAR "ME WISE MAGIC"

    Wolfie will be great in time as he keeps going and he was definitely more relaxed like some others said and you could tell he enjoyed being on stage with his dad, al and dave.

    Diamond Dave,,well what can you say,,,HE IS DIAMOND FUCKIN DAVID LEE ROTH. He was the true showman we all love an know, did a great job on the vocals and kept everyone involved and conected with his band mates on stage.

    Al alway ripping it up for sure, he is the straw that stirs the drink.

    And Eddie once again, friggin tore it up and is a burning image in my brain to be that close to the band and see how the greatest band in the world does it. Kiss likes to use that line but we all know Van Halen is the greatest in the world.

    GO SEE THIS SHOW FOR SURE, YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPPOINTED NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS.

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    I had floor seat pretty far back and to the left of the mixing station so much of the show I saw from the jumbo-screen. I echo the comments that Ed seemed sober and Dave sounded great. The show was miles above what I saw in 2004, especially Ed's Cathedral.

    I don't have much to say that hasn't already been said but these guys need to put out some new music and prove that this wasn't a cash grab. And with some new tunes maybe they can fill a place with people that have a bit more energy than the creppy no energy folks that surrounded me....no offence to thsoe closer that seemed to be having a blast.

 

 

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