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    Default The Best of the 2012 Tour (All Songs Included!)

    So I came up with an idea to put together an entire thread devoted to the very best performances of the 2012 tour available on YouTube. I've done the work myself and watched hundreds of YouTube videos to compile this list—although I'm sure I've missed some gems along the way. Some are based on the musical quality, some are based on the video quality, some are the combination of both, and some are based on the unique moments that occur during the performance (like Dave's fight-rant in the middle of Pretty Woman). I'm going to try to include every song that was performed on the tour and do so in the general order of the set list, the idea being you can watch these videos front to back and see an awesome VH show in full!! Again, these aren't necessarily the best performances of the tour, just the (subjectively) best YouTube videos available.

    So now, in front of your naked steaming eyes, the best of Van Halen, 2012:

    Unchained, NY, 3/1/12


    Running with the Devil, Boston, 3/11/12


    She's the Woman, Boston, 3/11/12
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    Full Bug, Philly, 3/5/12


    Romeo Delight, New Orleans, 6/26/12


    Mean Street, Louisville, 2/18/12


    Tattoo, Atlantic City, 3/24/12
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    Everybody Wants Some, Montreal, 3/15/12


    Somebody Get Me a Doctor, Montreal, 3/15/12


    Chinatown, St. Paul, 5/19/12


    Jamie's Cryin'. Pittsburgh, 3/30/12


    Hear About It Later, Boston, 3/11/12
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    Pretty Woman, Manchester, NH, 3/13/12


    Drum Solo, New York, 3/1/12


    You Really Got Me, Boston, 3/11/12


    The Trouble With Never, Louisville, 2/18/12


    Bottom's Up, San Jose, 6/5/12
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    Blood and Fire, Pittsburgh, 3/30/12


    Dance the Night Away, Greensboro, 4/21/12


    I'll Wait, Montreal 3/15/12


    Hot for Teacher, Detroit, 2/20/12


    Women In Love, New York, 3/1/12
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    Outta Love Again, New York, 3/1/12


    Girl Gone Bad, Detroit, 2/20/12


    Hang 'Em High, Boston, 3/11/12


    And the Cradle Will Rock, St. Paul, 5/19/12


    Beautiful Girls, Boston, 3/11/12
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    Ice Cream Man, Indianapolis, 2/22/12


    Panama, Philadelphia, 3/5/12


    Guitar Solo, Indianapolis, 2/22/12


    Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, Tacoma, 5/5/12


    Jump, Phoenix, 6/16/12
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    Awesome clips. Thanks for putting these together. They really had their strongest run up north it seems.

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    Notes:

    - There are certainly some excellent performances left out of this list, so definitely feel free to make suggestions, add videos, rip my shit apart, etc. There are even some excellent multi-cam performances that weren't included.

    - I wanted to include as many different dates as possible, but you will notice a few that are over-represented like New York, Boston, etc. This isn't because of an ESPN-like East Coast bias, it's just because there were some excellent shows during that time and plenty of HD videos to choose from.

    - For the most part, I tried to use the “first” performance of a rare song to get the full effect of the moment

    - You won't notice many videos that have Dave with the headset, and that's because I think headsets are fucking gay, so sue me.

    - I also tried to mix up the perspective for the videos. So some videos, like Panama, get the whole light show and crowd, while others get the up close and personal treatment. Essentially, this was a completely arbitrary list fueled by beer, so how good can it really be, right?
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    Romeo Delight, New Orleans, 6/26/12


    Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, Tacoma, 5/5/12



    **I couldn't edit my posts to put these in there, so if a Mod could do it for me I would appreciate it!
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    Those are some great videos. Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for putting this together. Although to the earlier comment that they had their best run up North, I respectfully disagree. I thought they also ended very well, especially in Texas.

    I love the crowd response to Unchained in MSG. But I'll put the San Antonio performance up against any version of Unchained, at any time.

    Sorry but not sure how to insert a Youtube clip so here's the link:

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    What... none from CT??

    Cool clips!
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    Quote Originally Posted by abe5150 View Post
    Thanks for putting this together. Although to the earlier comment that they had their best run up North, I respectfully disagree. I thought they also ended very well, especially in Texas.

    I love the crowd response to Unchained in MSG. But I'll put the San Antonio performance up against any version of Unchained, at any time.

    Sorry but not sure how to insert a Youtube clip so here's the link:

    Oh man I hear you. I really wanted to use an Unchained with the awesome breakdown that they started to do in the later dates, but the crowed reaction (and the band's enthusiasm) to Unchained was awesome. Plus it was an HD video shot relatively close to the stage, AND it was the first time they opened with Unchained (at least I think it was).

    I passed on some amazing clips to put this together, which is a shame, but I think overall it represents the tour pretty well. Really, the best way to do this is to watch all the videos available because each song seemed like it had a unique moment that wasn't staged. However, I put this list together so people could just watch an amazing concert without having to do the legwork themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    Oh man I hear you. I really wanted to use an Unchained with the awesome breakdown that they started to do in the later dates, but the crowed reaction (and the band's enthusiasm) to Unchained was awesome. Plus it was an HD video shot relatively close to the stage, AND it was the first time they opened with Unchained (at least I think it was).

    I passed on some amazing clips to put this together, which is a shame, but I think overall it represents the tour pretty well. Really, the best way to do this is to watch all the videos available because each song seemed like it had a unique moment that wasn't staged. However, I put this list together so people could just watch an amazing concert without having to do the legwork themselves.
    Thanks bsbll4 for taking the time to put this together. Much appreciated. I had never heard the live version of Blood & Fire until now. My favorite song from AKDOT, although I didn't like how Dave's voice sounded on that particular night.

    I was at San Antonio when they did the extended version of Unchained. Just listen to the breakdown between the 3-5 minute mark. Fucking amazing. I remember all the goose bumps as I was hearing it live. I was like "WTF...WTF are they doing? THIS IS INCREDIBLE".

    And the sound quality was so spot on in San Antonio. I was on the floor near the sound board, so that was probably a factor. But I had never heard Ed's guitar so clean and with such good tone, as I did on June 22nd in San Antonio.

    When Dave said "that's a Texas style opener" it got a really HUGE response from the crowd.

 

 

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