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    Default *** Charlottesville REVIEWS 5.2.08 ***

    Back and better than ever! You know the drill, bitches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    Back and better than ever! You know the drill, bitches!
    totally sick show

    ed looked happy and healthy and ready to destroy this beautiful little town

    they teased "magic bus" (the who) and "crossroads" (clapton) early in the show - forget whch songs blended accordingly, but it was a nice surprise. cant believe VH just played in the heart of CVILLE. ROCK ON.

    wolfie isnt half bad, fwiw. long live this fine fine american band

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    Edward Van Halen was on fucking fire, my friends.... He hit every note and sounded tight as ever.

    Wolfie killed it- For all you naysayers in Van Halen land, he is NOT being piped in, and he is really coming into his own out there. Big smiles all around tonight. Loved his little finger tapping solo.

    Dave and Alex were great. However, I think I know the lyrics of the Van Halen catalog better than the Diamond One. He had quite a few slip ups tonight.

    All in all it was a phenomenal show- The sound was great and everyone looked wonderful. I'm really happy right now- ringing ears and all!

    G'night everybody... I'll check back in tomorrow and see what everyone else has to say.
    Stay strong, Edward!

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    Awesome show! Just got in, editing and uploading video to my website now and will drop a link for you guys as soon as it's ready. Dont expect anything great, cheap camera and I'm amature so its shaky and goes black when security gets too close but hey its still cool.

    I give kudos where they're due and Eddie sounded great, looked great looked like he was having a blast! Wolfie was also having a good time, didnt seem bored as I've seen people say, seemed like he was living the dream!

    Dave did have quite a few slip ups, I loved when he just stopped and said "I forgot the f**king words!" His story of tres was fun, I know people say they do the same show in every city but since this was my first VH show I hadnt heard all the little band banter and such before so fun for me.

    It was great to finally see them live! I have no complaints, well except I did get accused by security of being DLR's stalker! Seriously, before the show started this big dude comes up to me and asks to see some ID, I'm like "what?" and he says I look like "a person of interest" I told him I was an interesting person, Thats when he explained I looked like someone whos not allowed in because shes been stalking DLR, he showed me the pics they had and I can see why he asked me, especially since I had on a "got roth?" shirt and hat! LOL After comparing they agreed it wasnt me but every time DLR came down the catwalk I was just imagining he was thinking "oh damn, its that crazy chick!" Kinda put a damper on it, but not much

    I'll be back with a link to some vids.

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    ok, that was tougher then I thought but got Running with the devil up and also the story of Tres. I set autostart to false but for some reason they still autostart but I'll figure that out later. Just hit the pause when they start and let the second load while you watch the first.

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    [QUOTE=imasmf;983538]ok, that was tougher then I thought but got Running with the devil up and also the story of Tres. I set autostart to false but for some reason they still autostart but I'll figure that out later. Just hit the pause when they start and let the second load while you watch the first.

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    Great show, very tight. They would stop on a dime, then kick it into full gear with a short cover, then back to the original song. Dave was perma grin all night, Ed seems to still be have a little cold, but it didn;t stop him from nailing every song. I know Little Dreamer is not a crownd fav, but I really enjoyed hearing it live. Hot for Teacher was another highlight. They skipped Little Guitars so that may be out of the setlist going forward. We had great seats about five rows up on the side of the stage near Wolfie.

    Side note: My wife got some really drunk guy kicked out. He brought bottles into the arena and was going to ruin the show for everyone with his loud mouth. Security took the bottles, so he went right back to the concession stand and bought more. My wife nodded to security and after a few minutes some huge security guy arrived and escorted him out of the show...about 2 minutes before they hit the stage.

    Oh, and that Ryan Shaw guy can really sing. He nailed a Janis Joplin cover.

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    I was sooooo bummed that they didn't play Little Guitars this time around. I was really waiting for those drums to kick in. That's my favorite VH song- Wish they would have cut Little Dreamer or Pretty Woman. Oh well!

    Damn, my ears are still ringing and it's 9am!
    Stay strong, Edward!

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    WOW! First I have to say that I went to Greensboro (2nd show of tour) and then last night. The excitment level for Greensboro was electric, last night not as much and that is my only per say negative point.

    BUT the sound last night freaking blew me away! It was 5 gazillion times better. I had chills when I heard YRGM start! The band was tight, Wolf looked 100% better than last time... he moved, sang, jammed a bit. He and Ed were together alot and they did a little drill duo thing that rocked! Ed looked so healthy and like he was having fun, smiling, ect.... I saw 1 jump from him of the riser, a small one at that. I assume he has some issues with that other hip? His playing was spot on (IMO) so much clearer and cleaner than greensboro.

    I too, know the words better than Dave! Victoria & I should have been singing maybe? BUT Dave was hitting a few high notes tonight and sounded fantastic. He had much more interaction with the crowd as well. Thank God he didn't stuff anyones cell phone down his pants this time and he stopped sticking that top hat on his weenie.

    Alex, well he just kicks ass... still love his solo (I never hang out for drum solos) his is different somehow.

    Wolf was smiling, walking around, on the ramp more. He is "moving" up there, jamming a bit. I did notice that he alone was picking up backing vocals... with Ed nowhere near a mic. He sounded really good, he has that high pitched voice that really works for the VH songs. He did a little solo thing as well. Very quick, but good. Before Ed always sang with him on everything, so that made me happy, he's getting more confident.

    Ed's solo kicked, he smiled - we cheered. If he missed a note or two I was fooled. I'm not a guitarist but I know what VH sounds like and what sounds good & bad.... last night was all good. There were no big jumps from Ed, he did jump around on stage a little but no flying eddies. The skipped Little Guitars and that was a bummer. They threw in some Clapton, Spoonful ect...

    All in all a perfect night, made all the better by the acoustics at JPJ . I had plugs with me and used them on I'll Wait, a little of Ed's solo that was it. Otherwise I didn't really need them ... I do kinda like that feeling like I'm in a sub-woofer this morning If this is what we waited for for over 2 months then it was definitely worth the wait, they were awesome!!!!!
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    DEAD. FUCKING. ON.

    They fucking nailed it.

    Or, as Henry Rollins eloquently stated in describing a Van Halen concert, "a stellar production".

    Just got back in town. My 14 year old son and I had an absolutely great time up close last night. It was SUCH a great feeling going down to the floor seats, then REALLY great to go into the ring for our seats in the sixth row, of course going through about three extra levels of security, but who cares.

    Here are my bullets:

    - Venue. JPJ arena is an outstanding medium-sized venue for concerts. Plenty of concessions, restrooms, etc. It's a college arena, so no beer in the common areas, they probably had it in the club areas. I did see a big line for what looked like getting a wrist band for alcohol, but I didn't waste my time with that. Parking was no problem getting in and out with my pre-paid location.

    - Merchandise. As said in previous review threads, there's a white '82 tour (lion) look-alike and a black '84 tour (eagle) look-alike, other than that, pretty much the same. We grabbed two of the '84 shirts, even though I still have my original 1984 Tour of the World shirt as well.

    - Acoustics. Excellent. As EVHGirl said, MUCH, much better than Greensboro and of course Jersey (EVH monitor throw night). Of course, my ears are still ringing like a sumbitch, but that's what going to rock concerts for 30 years will get ya. There were a couple of times that Dave's mix was piercing, but other than that, just a solid rock wall of sound.

    - Crowd. After the two postponements, it wasn't a sellout, but most of the empty seats were in the upper deck, center stage. The crowd overall was a mixture. There were a lot of guys, like me, who brought their kid(s) along. By the way, the kids I saw were in amazement all night, especially with Ed. The upper deck looked to me like a lot of college kids who were there for the curiosity factor, wanting to see this legendary band.

    I "may" have met VHWahoo and his buddies in my row last night. It was funny, those dudes were pretty shit-faced. They probably don't remember meeting me before the show.

    - Setlist. Pretty much the same. They added "Crossroads" in the middle of SGMAD, while not playing "Little Guitars". Like I said in the other Charlottesville thread, they didn't hit the stage until about 9:07 and didn't finish until about 11:15, so that may have had something to do with it.

    - Dave. I continue to marvel at his conditioning at his age. If he doesn't have a six-pack, it's damn close. I also enjoyed watching him interact with the crowd at a close distance. You'd think that he only flirts with the girls while looking at him far away, but close up you can see that interacts with everybody, including my son and I a couple of times walking around the ramp. Now don't get me wrong, he was doing more than his fair share of flirting, including a gorgeous brunette who was in the 2nd row directly in front of me (with her hubby, looked like). Dave's vocals were great again, only a couple of strains from what I could tell.

    - Al. Al was Al. 'Enough said.

    - Wolf. He's not Mike, sure. But the young man holds his own. His stage presence is improving as the shows go along. I'll say this, he threw a shitload of picks out to the crowd, while Ed probably only threw out a handful (dammit). But in terms of his playing, I paid a lot of attention to him, there's no doubt, he is definitely no slouch.

    - Ed. Christ, what can I say that hasn't been said already. Just an absolute thrill to watch him go to work at such a close range. However, he was still battling the flu though. It was obvious he was stuffed up and he had to blow his nose several times (great detail, huh). Other than that, he looked to be in a great mood with everyone, including Dave. Continually smiled at the crowd, although he didn't venture close to the stage's end but a handful of times. His interaction with Wolfie was priceless. He was fuckin' NAILING the solos. His solo was shortened as he's been doing since the tour started back up. No "Women in Love" intro, no "3:16", just "Cathedral" and "Eruption". I caught myself just staring with a smile on my face, my son probably thought I was a little loony by that time.

    Dave stopped just prior to one of the last songs to tell the crowd that this was the best show of the tour so far. Now I realize that is the oldest trick in the tour book, but being that close, I also saw Ed and Alex tell each other the same after they did their bows at the end of "Jump".

    Like I said, THEY NAILED IT. The band thought so, the press thought so, and I most definitely think so !!!!
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    Awesome show. And about damned time...

    First off? Ryan Shaw? Thanks for coming out. My buds and I stood out on the back terrace drinking beer instead.

    Van Halen? They need to FIRE the sound engineer. Sorry to contradict what the previous posters have said, but the bass was muddled all night and interfered with both Ed and Dave. It's not Wolfie's fault, but Eddie and Alex need to recruit somewhere other than ITT Technical Institute next time.

    All four members of this new Valen Halen lineup did their jobs very well.

    Dave looks unbelievable for a 54 year old rocker. His physique can be described as "cut" as he showed everyone his 6 pack abs most of the night. He worked for em...why not flaunt em? His voice is showing it's age as it's dropped a bit into the higher baritone range, but he hit the notes and screeches he needed to. Yeah he missed some of the words, but he gets an A from me...

    Alex did his normal job of keeping everything together. He missed the intro to
    "Dance the Night Away" but recovered when Eddie found the beat and they moved on. Most people won't notice something like that. He did an excellent job of calming Wolfie down on "Running With the Devil" and bringing the tempo of that number back down to normal when the drum line enters after the bass. Alex's drum solo was average. When you've seen Neil Pert from Rush do a 15 minute drum solo, no one else on the planet compares... Alex gets an A.

    Wolfie performed surprisingly well. The kid can bang on a bass for sure, but it should be expected since he's who he is... He put his own mark on a number of songs and his vocals were right where they needed to be. He's no Michael Anthony, nor should he be expected to be. Mike had stage presence and Wolfie will grow into this as well, most definitely. Wolfie's worst moment was during the into to "Running With the Devil". At the top of the S shaped stage with the spotlight, he opens the song with the trademark bass line, but it was way too fast. As I said in the previous paragraph, Uncle Alex slowed it down and they tore that song up!. Wolfie gets an A...

    Eddie was Eddie. We are watching a guitar god. For a 53 year old aging rocker, he looks very well, although the whole frosted blonde hair look is kinda rediculous. If it's going grey Ed, let it go grey! Who are we trying to fool? He performed well all night, through every song and every solo. His performance tonight was better than the last two times I've seen him on tour with the band... His solo was cut short a little bit but we did get a couple of extra songs in there tonight so no complaints whatsoever...Eddie gets an A+.

    Overall I give the band a very strong A for this show, but they have got to do something about the sound engineer. For a show that we've all waited for for this long...it could have sounded a lot better.

    Thank you Eddie and Dave for doing this for your fans. Now make amends with Sammy and Michael and everyone can come out on the road in 2009 or 2010. I'd pay 100 bucks for nosebleed seats to see that 4 hour show...

    Last comment...anyone else see that Eddie is still wearing his Wedding Ring?

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    Yeah, supposedly it's a promise ring from Janie...


    Don't get me started. I'm just a tad bit jealous-

    I also noticed that he isn't wearing his Dad's wedding ring on his right hand like he used to.
    Stay strong, Edward!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoriaVH View Post
    Yeah, supposedly it's a promise ring from Janie...


    Don't get me started. I'm just a tad bit jealous-

    I also noticed that he isn't wearing his Dad's wedding ring on his right hand like he used to.
    He had 2 rings on his left hand. I know one is his dad's and the other is either from Janie or it's his mom's... (yes I was watching that man very closely Friday night )
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    One for the Ages!

    Holy Schnikes, what a show!

    Finally after 3 days, I think that my head, hearing and voice have returned to normal!

    Not much more that can be added to the previous reviews; the band was tight and they absolutely NAILED it the whole night!

    Al was rock-solid as usual: he really is the under-appreciated (silent) captain of the ship, tirelessly working in the background to keep the show on course. His drum solo was good, but as someone said earlier, when you've seen a Neil Peart solo (I have twice), nothing else really compares. I've always thought that Al's job was more to deliver the thunder and to keep everyone on track, and he did both in spades!

    Dave was Dave, ever the consumate showman and entertainer. Sure there are people who find his schtick tiresome and annoying after a time (I don't), but it is who he is. The Staunton girlfriend story may have dragged on just a wee bit too long, but I appreciated the fact that he was trying his best to relate to the audience and the locale. And to me, the story about Tres (sp?) and the basement will never get old. When Dave delivers the line about "Man, we were going places!", it should remind everyone about how they felt to be young and to have stars in their eyes.

    Wolfie has definitely come out of his shell much more than when I saw him last at the opening show in Charlotte. No, he does not rank up there with Michael Anthony as far as stage-presence goes (at least not yet), but he more than held his own and looked much more relaxed and confident. I did not have a good view of Wolf most of the night due to a taller gentleman blocking my sight lines, but what I did see and hear of him sure looked and sounded live to me. Give him time, and if the band does go forward with new material and new tours, he will further grow and mature on stage.

    Ed. My God. Whatever went on during the band's two month absence, it most DEFINITELY reinvigorated him. The added weight has helped as well, imho. Rest, rehab, practice, I don't know, but he certainly seems to be a man on a mission since returning (no pun intended). Despite being under the weather, he had the Eddie perma-grin on his face the whole night, and never let on that he might have been suffering. All of his notes and riffs were precise, and his solo, although shorter, was more focused and better, imho. And, no drumstick shenanigans either!

    Dare I say: Did Ed actually look PREPPY sporting the red, white and black plaid shirt? Quite appropriate for Charlottesville actually, but who'd have thought?

    The best part of the night for me, though, was to watch the interaction between Ed and Wolf when they were "off-camera", so to speak. Pure magic between a father and son, plain and simple.

    Song highlights: Loved the "Magic Bus" and "Crossroads" breakouts; was hoping that they'd do "Mississippi Queen" like they had earlier in the tour, but "Crossroads" was killer! Crowd pleasers were the usual suspects: RWTD, HFT, Panama, Jamie's Cryin', Jump.

    Guitars: As noted before, the band skipped "Little Guitars", and I don't recall a Frankie sighting on any other song (?). Perhaps it was a technical issue with the instrument? We shall see. Other than that, he played his main cream-colored Wolfs, two Art Series: a white & black striped and a black & yellow striped, and his new quilt top Wolf during "Jump".

    Other than skipping "Little Guitars", the only complaint might be the sound, which started out muddy (at least where I was), but did seem to clear up as the show progressed. You would think that at this point in the tour, though, they should be able to nail the sound from the get-go.

    All in all though, a STELLAR performance imho, and one that gave me renewed hope for the future of the band. They really seem to have hit a good groove here in the third leg of the tour, and hopefully they can carry that momentum into the studio. Hey, one can dream, right?

    Regardless of what may happen in the future, if you're on the fence about going (either for the first time or for a repeat performance), don't even think about it, JUST DO IT!!! They really do seem to have found their groove, and these may very well be some of the best performances of the entire tour.

    If this is the last we see of the band, though, I can honestly say that I can die a happy man now, knowing that I have FINALLY seen them rock my hometown! NEVER in a million years did I ever think that would happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH Wahoo View Post
    Dare I say: Did Ed actually look PREPPY sporting the red, white and black plaid shirt? Quite appropriate for Charlottesville actually, but who'd have thought?

    The best part of the night for me, though, was to watch the interaction between Ed and Wolf when they were "off-camera", so to speak. Pure magic between a father and son, plain and simple.

    I also let out a little squeal when I saw Eddie had his frankenchucks on. He did look VERY handsome the other night. The extra weight makes a big difference for him. He looked invigorated.

    The highlight for me, also, was watching Ed and Wolf out there. It brings a tear to my eye to see what a beautiful, special relationship they share. As a parent, I can't even begin to imagine the pride Edward must feel when he sees his gift passed through his only son. Very tender, loving expressions and feelings up there... I thoroughly enjoy watching them play and smile at each other. It's heart warming.
    Stay strong, Edward!

 

 

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