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    This was the best show I think I've ever seen. The whole group was on tonight. Wolfgang has progressed quite a bit since I saw them in Indianapolis last year. He looks much more comfortable up there. More loose.

    Same setlist, of course, but I didn't care. I knew that was going to be the case going in. The opening act was really good as well. I didn't catch their name, though.

    I didn't wear earplugs tonight. I don't know if it was where I was sitting or if they turned the volume down a little, but it didn't seem nearly as loud as it did in Indy. My neighbor was supposed to go with me tonight, but he backed out because his wife's dad was taking them out to dinner and to the casino for her birthday (which was Sunday). I was pissed, but it worked out well because he gave me his ticket and I was able to trade them to a scalper for a better seat. Plus, I had a good looking woman sitting next to me.

    No cigarettes for Ed tonight (that I could see), which is a good thing. His solo was much better (and shorter) than in Indy. Dave said early on in the night that this would be the best show so far on this tour and he may be right. Hot for Teacher sounded a little off to me, but it may have just been my ears.

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    The show in one word....Awesome!! This is my 16th Van Halen show and also the most special one because I got to share it with my 17 year old son. We had a blast. The band was tighter than I have ever seen them. Dave worked the crowd like a ringmaster, he was on his game and talked a little more to audience tonite then I have seen him do in other clips or from what I can tell from other posts I have read. Al was solid as ever. Wolfie did a good job , he knows his role in the band and handles it well. He realizes the show is about Dave and Eddie and leaves the soptlight to them. My nephew knows Tom Weber Eddie's guitar tech ( he is from the Cincinnati area) so we got to talk to him for a few minutes before the show. He told us Ed is rejuvinated and we were going to be in for a treat, he didn't lie. Eddie played and acted like he was having a really great time. I think his solo was the shortest I have ever seen but also the best. He didn't noodle around any he played eruption and catherial and that was it but he was dead on. The 1982 tour always for me was the best Van Halen show I had ever seen, I think with the way they played and having my son with me tonite's show just topped it.
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    I was not going to go to this show. I have already seen them enough on this tour, but Mrs. Fan wanted to go so we went. Tonight’s show was the best I have seen on this tour so far. They band looked real happy together on the stage. We got to see Valery she was there right next to us on Wolf’s side of the stage. The seats we scored where the best I have ever got for a Van Halen show. We could make eye contact with the band all night; it was a Great Evening.

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    Wow. What crawled up this guy's a$$? Anyone know anything about this reviewer Chris Varias? Maybe he moonlights for Rolling Stone?

    Review: The Enquirer
    by Chris Varias

    Van Halen not the same

    Van Halen has done what seems impossible. On this ill-fated tour, the band has made itself the most highly anticipated reunion act in rock, as well as the most anticlimactic one.

    The story starts back to over 20 years ago and takes a weird twist last month.

    Diehard followers of the quintessential American hard-rock band had been wishing for original lead singer David Lee Roth’s return to the fold since the day he left in 1985. When the return became reality last year and the band embarked on a full-scale North American tour, Cincinnatians waited for a local show.


    A date was scheduled last month at U.S. Bank Arena but then canceled a couple days ahead of time, along with a seven-week chunk of the tour. The reason was said to be something vague about Eddie Van Halen’s medical issues. The guitarist had previously been in and out of rehab. He had some bad shows before the cancellations. Conclusions were drawn.

    The band fulfilled the makeup date Tuesday before a very full if not sold out arena. But for such a big audience, there was a noticeable lack of buzz for the better part of the two-hour show. For that, you have to blame the band.

    Blame Roth, who clearly still has the will to be a showman’s showman. But this is not 1980, and he’s now 53, and bejeweled suit coats and matching top hats will dazzle a crowd only so much. Gone is his mane of hair – which once whipped through the air with every fluid roundhouse kick – replaced by a two-tone bowl cut. It’s a bad look. And, bless his heart, but those roundhouse kicks now have a little hitch in them.

    Blame Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son and the band’s new bassist. Granted, he is only 17, but he still should have known better. This tour should be a reunion of the original Van Halen, and Michael Anthony, the original bassist, should be a part.

    “Three scoops original, one scoop inevitable,” is how Roth described the ’08 lineup to the crowd. It’s a clever line, but it’s still a shame Anthony was aced out. That said, the young Van Halen played his bass parts very well, even if he didn’t add anything else to the overall performance.

    His uncle, drummer Alex Van Halen, is the one guy who escapes blame. He sounded great and didn’t miss a note.

    The same can be said for his brother Eddie, as far as hitting notes and sounding good. This was the third show back from the canceled dates, and it appears he has battled back whatever he was dealing with, judging by his masterful technical ability on guitar. There were several close-up shots of his playing beamed onto a giant video screen to the back of the stage, and he didn’t mess up under the scrutiny.

    But his act was completely one-dimensional. He basically planted himself on one spot of the stage all night and didn’t seem bothered about working the crowd. Roth’s attempts to engage him came off as phony and fell flat. If Eddie was having a good time, it was hard to tell.

    So as the band was failing chemistry, it was up to the song selections to carry the night. The set was filled with a ton of non-hits from classics like the 1978 debut self-titled album (“Atomic Punk,” “I’m the One,” “Ice Cream Man”); 1979’s “Van Halen II” (“Somebody Get Me a Doctor”); 1980’s “Women and Children First” (“Romeo Delight”); and 1981’s “Fair Warning” (“Mean Street,” “So Is This Love?”).

    People presumably bought tickets to hear and see classic-era Van Halen. But those deeper album cuts from the good old days failed to ignite the crowd. Instead, it was the more obvious tracks that did the trick. Three in particular, all huge hits from the epic album “1984” went over particularly well: “Panama,” “Hot for Teacher” and the encore tune “Jump.”
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    Worth the wait and more!
    VH Rocked the house in Cincy. Diamond Dave's kicks werent the same height as they used to be - big deal.. He was great and I loved his Ice Cream man rap...... FUN!
    The show exceeded my expectations. Wolfgang was very good. Alex nearly stole the show with his solo but Eddie - Eddie - Eddie was THE MAN!
    His combo solo of Eruption and Cathedral was INCREDIBLE!
    I thank the Video gods for that giant screen behind the stage so everyone could marvel at his fretboard expertise. He is the greatest living guitarist and did not dissapoint. Eddie was having allot of fun, though I do admit I wanted to see him roam a bit more..... small potatoes, though..
    Incredible experience.
    I hope they record an album and then come back to Cincy soon!

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    Man, that guy from the newspaper wasn't at the same show I was at. This was my second show of the tour and it crushed that show and every bootleg/youtube video I have seen to date.

    The other reviewers have already said it - the show was incredible. That was the best I have seen Ed in a long time and DLR was top notch. The whole chemistry seems to fianally be right. The really looked like they were having fun. They were much looser tonight - way more inprovising than shows past. At one point Dave was humping his mic stand and looking at Ed and they both started cracking up. It was very genuine and not forced at all.

    Hot for Teacher remains a song best left as a recording. Everything else was great. For some reason Unchaned really stands out in my mind as being really good. Ed's solo was quick and ferocious. Whatever went on during that hiatus was really good for the band. Let's hope it continues for the rest of the tour.

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    A couple thoughts....
    While I was not disappointed with the show, I agree with the reviewer from the enquirer on some points.
    1) I did think that the crowd was a little flat during the songs. They were loud after the songs but there were a lot of people just kind of standing there.
    2) I thought Eddie played very well. Much better than some of the recent boots before the break. He also seemed to be in very good spirits. But, he didn't seem as energenic as he did when I saw him in Indy. The shorter guitar solo was good.
    3) I was disappointed by the accoustics at US Bank Arena. If you didn't know the songs pretty well, it was hard to pick out the details.
    4) Alex is a rock.
    Overall we had a great time. It was my wife's first VH concert and she really enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-13 View Post
    Man, that guy from the newspaper wasn't at the same show I was at. This was my second show of the tour and it crushed that show and every bootleg/youtube video I have seen to date.

    The other reviewers have already said it - the show was incredible. That was the best I have seen Ed in a long time and DLR was top notch. The whole chemistry seems to fianally be right. The really looked like they were having fun. They were much looser tonight - way more inprovising than shows past. At one point Dave was humping his mic stand and looking at Ed and they both started cracking up. It was very genuine and not forced at all.

    Hot for Teacher remains a song best left as a recording. Everything else was great. For some reason Unchaned really stands out in my mind as being really good. Ed's solo was quick and ferocious. Whatever went on during that hiatus was really good for the band. Let's hope it continues for the rest of the tour.

    Yeah, that so-called newspaper "music critic" pretty much had his article written before seeing the show.

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    If Eddie was not having a good time, it was hard for me to tell from the giant smile he had on his face all night.

    The band looked good, sounded great. I wish I would have taken my camera, the pictures and videos I got on my phone just don’t give the show justice. When I went to the box office to buy tickets they had some next to the stage on Eddies side. I ask for some thing different and row B section 128 came up. So I bought them they where on Wolfgang’s side of they stage. For this show I decided on the drive up I wanted to watch the kid and see what he was like. It was cool he interacted with us some and we had a perfect view of Al and Eddie all night. When Valerie showed up you could see Wolfgang’s excitement level increased. The boy needs to get in shape though, he stumbled while climbing up on the drum kit riser, but he laughed it off. He threw a pick right at us it was cool. He also was playing around with the drill some.

    At one point during a song Dave did something I had not noticed before, it sounded like he was rapping our something. He was doing it in a low voice while coming down the ramp I don’t remember what song it was, it just seamed different.

    It would have been a better show if it was not on a Tuesday night, but still a great time for a casual fan like me. As soon as me and Mrs. Fan heard the intro to jump we looked at each other said let get out of here, and beat the crowd.

    The drive home was not bad once we got across the river, we grabbed some Gold Star Chilly hit a number put on J Giles Full House disk, and rocked all the way home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiil_A_Fan View Post
    At one point during a song Dave did something I had not noticed before, it sounded like he was rapping our something. He was doing it in a low voice while coming down the ramp I don’t remember what song it was, it just seamed different.
    Dave was rapping The Roof Is On Fire just prior to Romeo Delight in Feb.
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    I think some of those people they send to review concerts live in a cave.Sounded like a great show.Can't wait til Saturday...

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    Drove up from Nashville to see the show and it was my first on the tour.

    All I can say is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    From: http://hardrockhideout.wordpress.com/

    Van Halen's reunion tour came to Cincinnati Tuesday night. This show has been long awaited by myself and many of the fans in the area, especially since this rescheduled show was originally supposed to take place on March 5th. This show was postponed so Eddie Van Halen could take care of an undisclosed medical condition. ( Turf Toe?, Male Pattern Baldness?, Erectile disfunction? the world may never know.)

    I never had the chance to see David Lee Roth with Van Halen, back in the early 80's and I have always regretted it. I wouldn't dare miss this reunion show, especially with how volatile the bands' relationship has been over the years.

    The questions I had going into this show were the following:

    Will Michael Anthony be missed? Can David Lee Roth still sing?

    Can Eddie Van Halen still get it done live? Is Van Halen worth the over inflated ticket price?

    I have heard and read a lot of good and bad things about this tour, from the cities where it took place prior to Tuesday Night's Show.

    I opted for the cheaper seats for this show, and by cheap, I mean the $49.50 ticket before Ticketmaster added their extortion rates to the ticket price. With the huge video screen behind the stage, there truly wasn't a bad seat to be had for this show. U.S. Bank Arena was at near capacity. If this wasn't a sell out, it was damn close.

    The Stage set up for Van Halen was quite cool. The stage was set up in a Giant S configuration. The bottom part of the S reached out into the stands, and circled the people in the pit close to the main stage. The lighting, and monsterous video screen were pretty cool, in fact the video screen greatly enhanced my view from my nosebleed seats.

    So as far the Answers to my questions.......

    Michael Anthony was definitely missed. At times I thought they may have used his recorded back up vocals. Michael always was one to run around the stage and get the crowd going. Wolfgang Van Halen is not. The kid can certainly play bass, and his Frankenstein paint scheme was pretty cool. The bad thing is, the kid doesn't have any stage presence. None, zero, zilch. This will come in due time, but it isn't there in 2008.

    David Lee Roth was the surprise of the night for me. Diamond Dave sounds great. He can't hit all of those high notes he used to, but his vocal performance was spot on.

    Eddie Van Halen was pretty impressive and boring all at the same time. While his fretwork was second to none, he didn't move from his position on stage. I don't know if his legs were chained down to a certain area, but Eddie was center stage for 99% of the show. He moved very little, and certainly did not make use of the cool ramps they had on stage. His playing and solos were awesome, especially when he played Eruption, but his lack of energy was extremely disappointing.

    Aside from David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen had the most energy. His drumming was excellent all night, and his drum solo was very cool.

    As a whole, Van Halen sounded awesome all night, they just didn't have any energy on stage. Maybe I have been spoiled by seeing Airbourne's high energy live show recently. Van Halen had about a tenth of the energy in their show that Airbourne had.

    The energy from the crowd at U.S. Bank Arena was quite a different story. Tons of people were singing along and dancing. As a whole most people seemed to leave happy, and quite a few were hooting and hollering as they exited the arena.

    So the Bottomline.....was Van Halen worth the ticket price. In my estimation, yes they were. I wouldn't have paid the mega bucks required to sit on the floor ($150.00), but I was glad that I went. David Lee Roth called the band three quarters original, one quarter inevitable.

    Maybe it was inevitable that Van Halen's live performance would not quite live up to my expectations. The band is certainly past their prime. Van Halen is still one of the biggest hard rock bands to ever come from the United States. Past their prime or not, I am glad I got to see them with Roth as the singer for the first time. Even though they were not at their best, they still sounded great. The live music is what matters the most!

    ~ by Rob Rockitt on April 23, 2008.


    This guy got some of it right. However, I wouldn't call Eddie boring no matter where it is.

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    I do agree with the above poster - the US Bank arena's acoustics are not real good. I was on Wolfgang's side and sometimes all I could hear was the drums and Wolfies bass. I went to the can for one show and went to the back of the arena, or dead center and the sound was pretty good there.
    Didnt matter - the show still kicked ass.

    The reviewer is kind of a indie rock snob. Ive never seen a bad review by him of any band that plays the small indie clubs in town. He is entitled to his opinion of course but if a band has more than 10-15 fans, he probably doesnt like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic Dreamer View Post
    From: http://hardrockhideout.wordpress.com/

    Van Halen's reunion tour came to Cincinnati Tuesday night. ......

    Eddie Van Halen was pretty impressive and boring all at the same time. While his fretwork was second to none, he didn't move from his position on stage. I don't know if his legs were chained down to a certain area, but Eddie was center stage for 99% of the show. He moved very little, and certainly did not make use of the cool ramps they had on stage. His playing and solos were awesome, especially when he played Eruption, but his lack of energy was extremely disappointing.

    ~ by Rob Rockitt on April 23, 2008.

    This guy got some of it right. However, I wouldn't call Eddie boring no matter where it is.
    Finally, a relatively objective review. I'm hearing this more and more about Eddie not moving around. I've seen him live many times, including 3 times in 2004 and he was quite mobile.

    Did anyone notice if anything's changed recently? Anything to do with his recent undisclosed medical issue? Does he need to stay in one place?

 

 

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