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    max called me. said there were flyers up saying that upon entering the venue you agree to have your image used in whatever filming the band does that night. looks like they're filmin
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    Wow!! I can't see them or any other band tighter than they were tonight. More in the morning!
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    Van Halen’s show was worth the wait

    01:00 AM EDT on Monday, May 26, 2008

    BY RICK MASSIMO

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    PROVIDENCE — “Like it says in the Bible, better late than never,” singer David Lee Roth of Van Halen told the Dunkin’ Donuts Center crowd last night as the hard-rock immortals played a show to make up for a concert postponed in March. Of course, by the end of the night, he had also semi-quoted Shakespeare (“all well that ends well”) and perhaps naturally, himself (“You’re gonna get some Rhode Island leg tonight for sure!”).

    “Better late than never” was an apt description of last night’s show, though. In the larger picture, the reunited Van Halen — guitarist Edward Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen, who got back together with Roth and brought in bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, Edward’s son, in the fall — haven’t lost a step over their early-’80s heyday. Last October’s show at the Mohegan Sun casino proved that.

    But last night, after eight months on tour (minus a couple of months off for Edward Van Halen’s unspecified health problem), they started off relatively slowly. There were huge breaks in the middle of four early songs — after the guitar solo in the opener “You Really Got Me,” before the Andrews Sisters-style vocal break in the speedy “I’m the One,” a pointless dip into “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Magic Bus” during “Romeo Delight” and another into “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and “Crossroads” during “Somebody Get Me a Doctor.” It was easy to fear that they were breath-catchers for a band that had been on the road too long.

    Still, the Van Halen elements were all in place — while the set list spanned the four albums the Van Halens made with Roth, the band took a detour through some of the less-inspired material (“Mean Street,” “I’ll Wait”) on which the band started to sound like the groups that had sprung up in their wake. But that stuff always existed side-by-side on records with the anthemic “Unchained” and the gloriously lunkheaded “Panama.” It was a tension and a balance that kept Van Halen on top for years, and it was on display again last night.

    And Edward Van Halen’s guitar solo contained the dizzying speed of his trademark two-handed tapping on the fretboard, but the real masterwork on display was the freakishly precise use of the volume knob, producing swells that sounded like a string section.

    It was heartening to see young Wolfgang Van Halen growing as a performer. Last fall’s show was in the first handful of dates on the reunion tour, and while the teenager played and sang well, he understandably lacked the stage presence of his predecessor, Michael Anthony. Last night, he stretched out, contributing a solo on “Romeo Delight” and a solo introduction to “So This Is Love,” holding down the distinctive background vocals and generally looking more comfortable.

    A blazing “Hot for Teacher” seemed to get the band into top gear, and after catching their breath again with the moody “Little Dreamer,” the rout was on, with highlights including a pounding “Jamie’s Crying” and a rip-roaring “Ice Cream Man” (with an extended Roth acoustic guitar-storytelling intro). “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love” ended the regular set and the synth-heavy hit “Jump” (with canned keyboards) was the encore.

    Opening act Ryan Shaw announced his soul bona fides straight away with an a capella verse of “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and continued to earn them with the classic-soul update “We Got Love” and the “Shotgun” rewrite “Do the 45,” but oversang most of his endings and underwhelmed with the self-help anthem “Choosing Me.”

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    Providence was my fifth show of this tour, and the 24th overall. Without question, it was the best I've ever seen the band perform. It was also the first time in a while I've seen the swagger of old. Ed did not miss a note and his playing was beyond words. I saw him mouth to Wolf, "I'm on fire tonight". Roth was much more vocal than before on this tour.

    Hot For Teacher has earned opening song status.

    Funny part of the night was when Roth was bantering with his "booty call of the night" front row babe. After the old "don't stick your tongue out less you gonna use it baby", the house camera showed her....with her about 10 year old son!

    Wolf looks bored silly.

    It's time to retire Cathedral, enough already.

    Crowd was more energetic than the other shows I've seen.

    Lots of empty seats.

    Roth's screams were back and sounded like 1981 all over again, though he appears very strained singing...almost yelling.

    Guitarists will know what I mean when I say Ed wasn't lazy this time on the verses in Unchained. He actually picked he tuned down E string.

    Ed plays far better sober, but looks like he isn't having quite as much fun. He also seems less in to Dave when sober.

    Ed was blowing his nose all night.

    Looke like two relatively new guitars including a black and yellow Charvel for the VHII songs. Maybe not new, just I haven't seen it.

    Roth twice mentioned the troops and the huge importance of Memorial Day...very classy.

    This band could make one hell of a new album if they wanted to.

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    Great, great show last night!!
    The show was not as loud as I was anticipating...still loud, but not nearly as loud as it was last October at Mohegan Sun--maybe it was the where I was sitting, I dunno. Had decent seats (Sec 121).

    Everyone, once again, was on. My review of the show would be pretty much like everyone else has written all tour. Don't want to bore you with that. I will say that I really liked "Crossroads." They didn't do it back when I saw them in the fall.

    I did not notice any signs that said they were filming...but then again I wasn't really looking for them either. And, come to think of it, I didn't notice any 'extra' cameramen filming the show. They do, however, film for the big screen as if they're filming for a DVD presentation with dissolves and fades, etc.

    Oh, and Dave said that this was "easily one of the best crowds of the tour--no bullshit." And I gotta say, the arena was packed and the Providence crowd was full of energy. He just may not have been bullshitting us.

    I'm actually happy they rescheduled this show. It would have sucked on a Monday night in March. This was beautiful weather. Hangin' out before the show at some bar outside meeting all kinds of great people. Ya can't beat that!

    Thank you Van Halen. And thank you Providence.
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    Totally Fucking Rocked!!!!

    OMG! I was on my feet the whole show!!!

    It was kick ass from beginning to end!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James in New York View Post
    Van Halen’s show was worth the wait

    01:00 AM EDT on Monday, May 26, 2008

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    PROVIDENCE —
    Still, the Van Halen elements were all in place — while the set list spanned the four albums the Van Halens made with Roth, the band took a detour through some of the less-inspired material (“Mean Street”) on which the band started to sound like the groups that had sprung up in their wake. But that stuff always existed side-by-side on records with the anthemic “Unchained” and the gloriously lunkheaded “Panama.” It was a tension and a balance that kept Van Halen on top for years, and it was on display again last night.
    I hate music writers.
    First off, there were 6 albums with Roth, not 4.
    And since when is "Mean Street" considered "less-inspired material"? So in 1981 they were sounding like the bands that followed VH? What an idiot.
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    My fifth show of the tour. First since Worcester in November. Providence had the best crowd. Into it all night. Fist pumping people singing. I think it was pretty much a full house. The sound from where I was sitting (sec 121 great seats) was perfect. Very loud without it being overwhealming. My ears ares still ringing. The band was on fire. Eddie nailed everything Crossroads, Mean St. Intro, HFT, and his solo. The flow was great. Usually Little Dreamer kind of slows everythng down but even that was a jamming filthy version. Only complaints and believe this is reaching. The set list. With the internet these days things are way too predictable. They should rotate in 3-4 songs at the least. Kind of like what they did in 98. I wish Eddie would move and jump around more. That used to be a big part of the show for me but if I have to trade that for him being sober, healthy, and happy then I'm all for it! That is the one thing I miss about Michael Anthony. The way he was all over the stage and pumping the fans up. I hope these guys make a new record and tour next summer. One more show on Wendsday for me!
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    Awesome show! Quite a different experience from when I saw them in Worcester back in November. VH is back and on the top of their game. Same formula that they have used since the re-start so I'll just make some quick points:

    * The providence crowd ruled. They were into big time, and on their feet the whole show. Having a great crowd definitely makes a difference so hat's off to the Providence fans! We saw signs on the way in regarding filiming the show, hope some of it ends up on the DVD

    * For some reason, not as loud as the Worcester show. No ringing ears this time around. (i'm not complaining)

    * Dave interracted with the crowd all night. Dave really dominated this show, he was the master entertainer. I was surprised how well his vocals were this late in the tour. There were maybe 2 songs he struggled with (yelled instead of singing) but was spot on for most of the show. Solid voice and a total showman. in my opinion, he was the star of the night. I thought he was great in worcester but this performance blew that one away. Grand slam for DLR.

    * As eveyone has been saying, Ed's playing has been off the charts since the re-start. same story last night. The only negative for me is that Ed is now anchored to his pedal board now. I miss the constant movement (flying eddies et al) that we got during the first leg. His solo was spot on and kicked ass.

    * No more man hugs between Wolf & Ed or Dave & Ed

    * Wolf's solos during Romeo & And this is love were cool. Short & sweet. Probably the only time I watched wolf the whole show.

    * I love Little Guitars but the Crossroads solo that Ed nailed made me forgive and forget. The solo was freakin awesome

    * Ice Cream Man "Kenny" Story was word for word the same as the worcester show

    * Best Songs of the night: Panama and HFT A++, Mean Street & Jamie's Cryin A++. Little Dreamer ruled too. Dud of the night was Atomic Punk, it sounded horid. Surprisingly, I'll Wait and Pretty Woman were real good.

    * Ed used the cream colored wolfgang for all but 3 songs. He used to crappy Charvels and a cream quilted guitar (Jump)

    * The show rocked! Worth every penny!

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    First off, I want to say that this was a hell of a show. Eddie and Alex were awesome, as they've been in recent shows. So I agree with everyone's great comments on the concert.
    I've been all positive to this point on my reviews, but there were a couple of glaring critisisms that I have about this one.
    I had an ILAA seat, front row toward Wolf's side. Again, like I've said before, there is no way that the harmonies were piped in. If you're close enough, you'll see why.
    BUT...David did something at the show that I thought was pretty shitty, and I haven't seen him do it at any of the previous 5 concerts that I've seen on this tour. He put on this really smarmy voice during quite a few of the later songs. I don't know if he was giving out a "I really don't give a crap about this show" vibe after just having the cash cow that they just had at the garden or it was just distasteful clowning around. "C'mon Dave... Gimme a Break!"
    The other thing really wasn't nearly as bad. It was the fact that Wolf's girlfriend (I think) was intermittenly in front of him on his side of the stage. What happened was that when she came toward the stage, Wolfie totally lit up, became very animated and fun to watch. When she wasn't there, he went back to the other Wolfie. This isn't a critisism as much as a suggestion. He should be that way through the whole concert! That would shut up all of the critics regarding his stage presence.
    This next part is to any ILAA ticketholders that might be seeing the next few shows.
    They were extremely professional, and did everything that they said they would. The backstage tour involved walking by massive clusters of computer setups which I think were there for filming and the big screen video, a brisk walk by the dressing rooms and a 20 minute discussion with Eddie's live guitar tech, which was done at the tent to the right of the stage. If you're not a guitar player, it might not have been of much interest, but he showed all of Eddie's guitars that he would be using up close, and went into detail about the new EVH Fender amps. If anyone's been wondering, that white guitar is a fender prototype that has solved the sound problems from earlier shows in the tour as it has new pickups. Same with the natural top Wolfgang that Eddie plays during Jump.
    I had a good time meeting people in the upstairs VIP lounge, which featured free beer (which is always a good thing) and food. They also had a raffle for some cool stuff, I didn't win anything, but it was still fun. We also got the "goodie bag" with a Van Halen - bandana, cd case, deck of cards and a pin. For me ILAA was worth it, but maybe not for everybody as there's no meet and greet. All I know is that I'm gonna be saving up for that new Wolfgang by Fender coming out next year. Cheers to everyone going to the shows coming up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike zack View Post
    My fifth show of the tour. First since Worcester in November. Providence had the best crowd. Into it all night. Fist pumping people singing. I think it was pretty much a full house. The sound from where I was sitting (sec 121 great seats) was perfect.
    Dude, I was in sec 121 also. I was in row G. What row were you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    Dude, I was in sec 121 also. I was in row G. What row were you?
    I was in EE (which is actually second row) seat 3 on the right side of the tunnel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vh1978 View Post
    BUT...David did something at the show that I thought was pretty shitty, and I haven't seen him do it at any of the previous 5 concerts that I've seen on this tour. He put on this really smarmy voice during quite a few of the later songs.
    Quick note on this comment- DLR did the same thing on a few songs near the end of the 5/18 Hershey show. It wasn't even for the entire song, and he seemed to do this smarmy 'mocking' type of voice in the lower registers of a few later songs. I think he may have just been straining his voice in those lower registers since he seemed to be working in the upper registers most of the night. I put in my chambered ear plugs a few quick times just to confirm what I was hearing. I doubt that he meant any disrespect to the audience.

 

 

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