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    Default Why Wednesday Night In Charlotte will Be a Special Night

    My brother Dave and I love Van Halen.

    We started playing guitar when we were young, around 9-10 years old and we eventually got pretty good. Individually, we weren't great but together, we were worth the $5 door price at whatever local bar we played. Well, most nights, anyways. The more you drink, the better we sound. That was our motto.

    We love Van Halen. Our first show we attended was in 1982, at the Old OLD Charlotte Coliseum. Our young minds were mesmerized. Ed running around, jumping off the riser and kicking the stacks. All while playing from another planet. From then on, we followed everything they did. We copped the licks, learned the songs and tried to incorporate the VH attitude into our little shows. It worked ok. We didn't play for a long time after college, but after my divorce in 2002 we started back up again. Dave was the lead singer, I was the lead guitarist but we also did a lot of harmony leads ala Allman Bros, or Thin Lizzy. What was understood needed not to be discussed with us. We still always gravitated back to the VH tunes and attitude when playing. We played deep cuts in our shows; Take Your Whiskey Home, Light Up The Sky. People didn't recognize it as VH and thought it was our songs. Awesome. We had great careers, great family and great friends and we were a semi-awesome cover band. Middle-aged gen-X/Yuppie heaven.

    Around 2006, Dave was working out regularly, lost some weight and was in really good shape. One day at the gym, he noticed his right foot was acting weird. He couldn't lift it. He started tripping. Falling down. Doctors said it was an orthopedic issue. Pinched nerves in the vertebrae, they said. So he had back surgery. Situation didn't improve. The ortho Docs frowned a lot. They scratched their heads. They referred him to a neurologist. The neurologist frowned a lot. He suggested a few things but also brought up a very scary acronym: ALS.

    So in 2008, after eliminating everything they could think of, they diagnosed Dave with ALS. Lou Gerhig's disease. If you don't know what it is, Google it. Google “Jason Becker” while you’re at it.

    The disease has progressed gradually over the past 6 years. We did go to see VH in ’07 on opening night in Charlotte. He was in a manual wheelchair then and could still move around a bit. Great night. He could play guitar for awhile and we still did some gigs. Now that's gone. He could still sing for awhile, but now that's gone too. Last May he had to have a respirator put in so he wouldn't die. All the while, he's never complained. He reaches out to others, donating portions of his own fund-raisers to others with neuropathic disorders. He’s inspirational in our small community here. The disease has now progressed to where he can’t move at all. He’s in a motorized wheelchair and now his speech has been affected profoundly to where you have trouble understanding him. He does, however, have special software that allows him to communicate via the computer and even compose music. He actively posts on Facebook and is also a member of The VH Links too. He has 24 hr nursing care that helps him and his wife have somewhat of a normal life with their two young daughters, aged 10 and 13.

    The good news is that we will both be in Charlotte Wednesday at the VH concert at Time Warner Arena. A very gracious friend has provided us with box seats for 4 of us and a nurse so he can attend. If you see us, give us a shout. Like everything he does now, it’s going to be a challenge to get there, but he doesn’t even consider not going. It’s what we do: We go to see Van Halen. The only thing that could be even better would be the wild possibility that someone from the Van Halen camp were to actually read this and take some time out for them to meet him on Wednesday. I know it’s probably not going to happen but, as a brother, it’s one thing I know that would make him very happy. I can wish, anyways.

    Thanks for reading this long-ass post and just know that we will be there having the time of our lives. Just wanted you all to know how special that night will be. Hopefully not the last VH show we see, but that's going to be on them, not us. If they play, we will be there.
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    Very moved by your story. Best wishes to you and your brother for a wonderful time at the show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Roth Era View Post
    Very moved by your story. Best wishes to you and your brother for a wonderful time at the show.
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    Here's to a great night of VH for you and your brother and I definitely hope you get to meet the band.

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    Wow! Wolf, Ross, Janie, Dave's assistant, anyone associated with the band, if any of you read this, if you have a minute or two . . .

    Very touching story Jimmyw

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    All I can say jimmy is you and your brother ROCK ON!!!!!!
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    A very touching story. I wish you the best with the show and during Eddie's solo put your arm around your bro and tell him I love you man! We can all tell you do. I hope someone in the band or someone with the right connections hooks you all with a meet & greet you well deserve. Rock on!!!!
    Come on Dave give me a break!

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    Your brother sounds awesome, and so do you.
    "There will always be a Holyfield or a Tyson, but there's only one Mohammad Ali. There will always be a new body building champion, but there's only one Arnold. And there's only one David Lee. I'm the fun in Van Halen, always will be." - David Lee Roth

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    Here's hoping you get catch a break and get to meet them.
    Thanks for sharing. You BOTH R O C K~!



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    Have an awesome night. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    The first VH show I saw was with my brother. This story hit me in the gut.

    Jimmy, I hope you and Dave have the time of your life Wednesday. God bless ya, man.

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    Enjoy the show!!
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    A moving story.Hope great things happen for you guys that night and Dave gets all the help he needs.
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    Heartbreaking story, jimmy.

    There's no doubt you'll have a special night after you see in person how incredible Ed is on this tour. Enjoy.
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    Truly an inspirational story and I hope you guys have an amazing time. So sorry to hear about your brother but he sounds like an incredible person.

    I was in Charlotte in 07 and it was a special night. I hope this upcoming show is even more special for you and your brother.

    All the best

 

 

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