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    Default 25 years ago tonight - classic VH

    I realized today that 25 years ago tonight, I was in the front row seeing classic VH in San Diego. And the night before, May 20, I was in the 4th row - both nights on EVH's side (section C). Amazing shows and a lot of great memories. But now I feel really old! And who knew that this would be their last tour?

    Check out the scan of the ticket stubs and a pick from the 2nd night. My friend and I snuck in a nice camera the 2nd night and I have some pics that I should scan...


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    Here's a couple of EVH during the beginning of the show 25 years ago tonight. He just wore that leather jacket-thing for the first song - Unchained. Nothing like seeing classic VH open with that song. The PA tunes stop, everything goes black, and you just hear his guitar intro and then when the band kicks in, the lights and volume just kill you. Good times.

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    I'm jealous. Never got to see the 84 tour. I was 9; my older brother and his friends all went, didn't want me tagging along. 84 tour is my favorite one, my favorite boot is 84 Montreal, my favorite shit to collect is 84 tour stuff. I'd love it if you'd scan anything you have from that tour.
    ...AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY, GOD CREATED VAN HALEN

    VAN HALEN IS A LIFESTYLE

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    A couple more from early on in the show... My friend snuck the lens in and I had the camera body. My buddy, David Pritchard, went to all the shows and got the best tickets and he said that once you get your camera in, the bouncers up front didn't care if you were snapping away. Just had to get it by security getting into the arena. And yes, we stuck these camera parts down our pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hack View Post
    I'm jealous. Never got to see the 84 tour. I was 9; my older brother and his friends all went, didn't want me tagging along. 84 tour is my favorite one, my favorite boot is 84 Montreal, my favorite shit to collect is 84 tour stuff. I'd love it if you'd scan anything you have from that tour.
    Yeah, they really peaked in popularity that year - at least where I lived and went to school. I have more - I'll try to get them all on tonight and tomorrow. Gotta put my daughter to bed now (almost 9pm here in DC).

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    So awesome. Thanks for posting.

    And you gotta love the torn-in-half ticket stubs. A true sign of the times, huh?
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    VH with Dave ('78-'84) - The best years....the "real" VH.
    VH with Sam ('86-'96) - Incredible era....."We have renamed this town 'New Halen!'.
    VH with Gary ('98) - Fucking disaster. WTF was that??
    VH with Wolf/Dave ('12-'15) - Amazing comeback. Smokin' album and tours.

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    Here are all the pics I have from the May 21 show. This is when these guys ruled the world...

    http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/smithtone/vhi/84pics3.jpg
    http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/smithtone/vhi/84pics4.jpg
    http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/smithtone/vhi/84pics5.jpg
    http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/smithtone/vhi/84pics6.jpg
    http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/smithtone/vhi/84pics7.jpg
    http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/smithtone/vhi/84pics8.jpg


    And here's the set list I pulled from the vhboots.com site. A fifteen-minute guitar solo and he played all the keyboards live with a guitar on so he could still play the solos in Jump and I'll Wait. And almost 13 minutes of Everybody Wants Some!! And lots of good stories from DLR between tunes...

    Intro 0:29
    Unchained 3:21
    Hot For Teacher 4:01
    Drum Solo 2:29
    On Fire 3:05
    Runnin' With The Devil 6:27
    Little Guitars 4:46
    Cathedral 2:07
    House Of Pain 4:06
    Bass Solo 5:18
    Jamie's Cryin' 3:26
    I'll Wait 5:03
    Keyboard Solo 2:18
    Everybody Wants Some!! 12:52
    Girl Gone Bad 5:07
    1984 1:01
    Jump 4:25
    Guitar Solo 14:43
    (Oh) Pretty Woman 3:07
    Panama 7:02
    You Really Got Me 8:15
    Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love / Happy Trails 8:15

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    Damn cool. That right there is Van Halen.

    Fucking shame they weren't able to sustain it. What a waste.
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    Iam just glad that I was part of the whole thing.
    EVH 1979: Well, actually it's not much of a vacation, because we run everything ourselves. We design our own album cover, we have to be in the office every day to sign checks - the whole corporation revolves around us. Nothing can be done without our approval. We even have photo approval.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    Damn cool. That right there is Van Halen.

    Fucking shame they weren't able to sustain it. What a waste.
    Amen brother.

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    those are gold. beautiful.
    ...AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY, GOD CREATED VAN HALEN

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    You're a lucky guy, many of us wish to have had the chance to witness VH at it's best!
    Amazing pics, Zloz would envy you!
    "I could call it anything, but the only word I can think of is Brown. It's just a warm sound. Warm, big, majestic" - Eddie Van Halen on his Tone

    "Van Halen is definitely a ladies band, and I´ve got the Polaroids to prove it". - David Lee Roth

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    Awesome photos man!!!!!
    Just classic!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ED-A-HOLIC View Post
    You're a lucky guy, many of us wish to have had the chance to witness VH at it's best!
    Amazing pics, Zloz would envy you!

    Trust me, I'm no photographer. My buddy took all the pics that night. David was a bass player in a local band. I met him in typing class in high school - we both signed up for typing because we thought it would fretboard dexterity! Anyway, he was a hotshot photographer, too, and he could get the best concert tickets AND he knew I was (am) a VH freak, so I guess he thought he was using me by having me pay for his ticket so I could go with him for these great seats. And I had to help him sneak the camera in. But c'mon, who used who here? (two front row tickets in '84 were $100/each)

    Dave, if you're out there, thanks man!

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    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing!

    "All right, Wolf, which one do you want?"
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    But one night's all we're given,
    So, baby, leave me alone, or, baby, stay the night



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