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    Roth jump-starts festival crowd

    Energetic antics offer glimpse of rumored Van Halen reunion

    By Ken Szymanski
    Leader-Telegram correspondent

    Staff photo by Butch McCartney

    David Lee Roth's energetic performance at Rock Fest Friday night included this leap high into the air during the last song of his closing act set, "Jump." Roth's repertoire for the night also included many other Van Halen classics such as "Panama," "Beautiful Girls," "Ice Cream Man," and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love."

    Even as he ages, David Lee Roth refuses to grow up.

    Roth's performance at Friday night's Rock Fest show was packed full of the egomania and adolescent stage antics that make him the life of the party.

    It's also the same behavior that irked the more mature members of his former band, Van Halen.

    Among die-hard fans, rumors have been circulating that Roth's brief "Dave Saves the Day Tour" is a trial run for a full-scale Van Halen reunion.

    During Friday night's show Roth proved he's ready, whether his old band mates are willing to accept him or not.

    Except for "Tobacco Road," the entire 19-song set was all classic Van Halen.

    With Roth, Van Halen rode an amazing streak that produced six remarkable party albums in as many years. Without him now, the band's future looks bleak.

    Roth's own solo career has floundered for the last decade, but that never has affected his party-hearty attitude.

    "Welcome to Diamond Dave's, where happy hour starts at 5 a.m. and lasts until February," he told the crowd. Even when he forgot the words to "Atomic Punk" he made it fun.

    Strutting the stage like he owned the place, grinning ear to ear, improvising lyrics, enticing the women in the front rows, Roth was and always has been the ultimate rock star. Though 46, he was in remarkable shape, spin kicks and all.

    As for the backing band, they weren't Van Halen, but they did the job. The show was all about Roth anyway, which brings up one surprise -- the ordinary nature of the stage show.

    With the flamboyant "Diamond Dave," one expects something outrageously extravagant. In his videos he's shown swinging around the stage suspended by a waist cable and ridding giant surfboards over the crowd.

    But aside from some baton work with an iridescent rod, Roth kept it pretty basic.

    Even without over-the-top props, Roth still exudes a rock-god image, in stark contrast to his old rival who is now also a former Van Halen front man, Sammy Hagar.

    When Hagar played Rock Fest the last two years, he seemed like one of the crowd--telling stories like he was sitting at a bar and inviting fans onstage.

    In comparing Roth's and Hagar's Rock Fest performances, Hagar would get the edge, simply for crowd interaction and involvement.

    But as far as Van Halen goes, the Roth-era can't be beat. His Friday night performance provided just a hint of the energetic music a reunion could provide.

    Queensryche provided a completely different brand of music earlier in the evening, contrasting starkly with Roth's celebrated personality.

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    With CD titles such as "Operation:Mindcrime" and "Rage for Order," Queensryche didn't exactly throw a party.

    Their cerebral, moody music has a limited niche, and the crowd looked divided between those who loved every song and those who didn't know any of them.

    A strong vocal performance by a sweat-soaked Geoff Tate led the band through an excellent performance, though not an ideal festival act for most fans.

    Rock Fest


    1 p.m. Toy Boys

    2:30 p.m. Slaughter

    4:15 p.m. Uriah Heep

    6:30 p.m. Blue Oyster Cult

    8:45 p.m. Jethro Tull

    11 p.m. Ted Nugent

    Joan Jett also performed at fest grounds Friday, having returned to the concert circuit after an acting stint in a Broadway production of "The Rocky Horror Show."

    Head shaved and leather-clad, her look and music has kept its edge.

    She got the crowd moving with the basic four-on-the-floor rock that gained national attention nearly 20 years ago with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

    If Jett could muster up another hit, she could do a lot to liven up today's barren pop music scene.

    And if Roth could reunite with Van Halen ...


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    Damn I wanted to go to that show, but all odds were against me [img]smilies/frown.gif[/img] Dave come close to Chicago!!
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    I would love to have seen Queensryche and DLR play together! What a great show that must be. [img]smilies/cool.gif[/img]
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