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    Let's hear it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Has anyone seen the band in New Halen, CT?

    I should post my story about going backstage during the Balance tour and meeting the band.
    I did, 4 different times: The Van Halen II Tour, the Fair Warning Tour and both nights on the 5150 Tour when they filmed Live Without a Net.

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    Awesome story dude, thanks for sharing!

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    Meaning after that particular show, every show I saw after that in the New England area, people seamed to go out of their way to signal to Sammy about the Oxford show. It appeared they were doing it for their 5 minutes of fame instead of being genuine like that whole moment with you... just my opinion but I am amazed I recall this particular incident. It was great, I remember it and kudos for you to live the moment and 31 years later, share the moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike zack View Post
    Let's hear it
    I'm worried I've already posted it here, someone will find it and I'll be "shit, I think I just had a senior moment." My kids have already been like "dad, we heard this a million times..."
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    I have a dumb ass story about meeting Big foot. It was crazy. He does actually have massive feet n shit. I asked him to sign some shit I had and he did. "dear t5, glad you found me. Your friend your buddy, sasquatch." It was awesome n shit.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jomama1 View Post
    From this thread post: http://www.vhlinks.com/vbforums/thre...=1#post2278102

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    I hope he doesn't mind me dragging it over to this thread (to consolidate), but I wanted to say thanks for this. No, I don't remember Sammy falling on his ass. Wow! Maybe I was looking away at that moment for whatever reason. I was on Ed's side, a bit back. Anyway, shit, my t-shirt really applied to Sammy, too, then, haha!

    That's so cool that you stayed to the end, too. I'm impressed. There really weren't that many of us, right? And it felt like something special to be one of those few, at least to me. Haha, it was like getting an intimate club date with VH...outside, soaking wet, in a massive space. So weird....
    Thanks for bringing this over. My first VH concert was in Worcester on Aug 12th 1986. The MOR show was my second time seeing them and I wasn't about to miss it. It's actually kind of funny but even though I wore one of those thin crappy made VH shirts, I tied an old LL bean sweater around my waist. It was June and my friends thought I was completely nuts. It was quite hot through Metallica so the crew took out fire hoses and sprayed everyone. Within the hour the clouds rolled in and the lightning, thunder and rain came in leaving everyone soaked and cold. Someone near me passed out and the crowd was stealing his clothes to stay warm! I had that stupid LL bean sweater and after I put that on I was good to go for the rest of the night. A couple of my friends even took my keys to the car so they could go back and sleep as they were convinced that VH was already half way on to the next gig. They got to the gate when Alex's drums were being rolled out and they came running back. I got separated from my brother who managed to get up front right in front of Eddie. Eddie actually threw him a pic, which bounced off his hand and some other dude grabbed. We looked so bad by the time we made it to the motel we stayed at as it looked like we all went through a war! I'm so glad I got to see them again in Worcester. That show more than made up for the MOR show!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jomama1 View Post

    Note: This is a re-post of a previous thread that was hijacked and ruined by a few members. I hope it goes better this time. Let's keep this thread fun and positive!

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    The year was 1988. I was 15 years old, and a huge Van Halen fan. I couldn't go to the Monsters of Rock show in Foxboro because my father was getting re-married that day and I was forced to go to his wedding. Don't even get me started on the 80s-style powder blue tuxes my brothers and I had to wear. Talk about adding insult to injury. Needless to say, during the entire irritating experience, I was imagining the MOR concert. Not to be defeated, though, my metal buddy and I got tickets to the show in Oxford, ME, and his mother agreed to drive us up there from Rhode Island. The traffic was so bad that by the time she dropped us off and we got into the speedway, Dokken was about halfway through their set. It sucked missing Metallica, but I was mainly there for VH.

    What a day. I remember at one point being down deep in the crowd, closer to the stage, and the crowd just surged, like a tide, and it just swept me up and almost crushed me. I'm not very big, and it was actually quite scary. I vividly remember a really big guy in front of me, also caught in the tide, seeing my distress and looking at me with real sympathy. I never forgot that. Then, later, there were torrential downpours, thunder, lightening. Scary shit. Thunderstorms in Maine are no joke, let me tell you. I remember the Scorpions literally sloshing through water onstage. They would come out and play a song or two and then have to leave the stage for like 30 minutes, then they'd come back, play a couple more songs, lighting would start again and they'd leave the stage. I think their set ended up taking at least 2 hours total, most of that offstage. It sucked, because from everything I've read, they normally put on a great show that tour.

    I recall huddling under the awning a vendor cart or something with my buddy, trying to stay out of the rain, even though we were already soaked to the skin. It was pretty miserable at times, truth be told. Just to give you an idea as to how bad the weather was that day, by the time Van Halen came on there were only a few hundred people left, maybe a thousand. From 60,000 down to a few hundred. I remember seeing Eddie peaking out from behind the stage before they came on, maybe seeing how many people were left. I also remember that when they started, Sammy said that they'd play their full set (which got me excited), but they didn't. They played for maybe an hour, which wasn't enough for me, but it was better than nothing. If I recall correctly, it didn't rain during their set, they played well, and I felt pretty happy watching them. It also felt kind of cool being one of only a few hundred die hard fans who stuck it out to the end. A hellish day, in many ways, but what an experience.

    Flash forward to Van Halen's show on October 17 at the Providence Civic Center. My mother had scored 10th row seats and backstage passes(!!!) through an acquaintance (thank you forever, mom!), so I was super excited...even if I was going with my family, none of whom where VH fans; I have no idea why they went, to be honest, and it felt dorky to be going with my family, but whatever. 10th row, and backstage passes!!

    Anyhow, remember that these were the days when people would throw banners and t-shirts and panties and all kinds of stuff on the stage at VH shows? Well, about a month or so before the show, I went to the mall and made up 5 t-shirts, all of which said, on the front, "I SURVIVED MONSTERS OF ROCK, OXFORD ME, JUNE 25, 1988", and on the back of each one, I wrote one of their names, and the fifth one just said "Van Halen." So, at some point in the show, I huck the one with "Van Halen" towards the stage. I see it land and breathe a sigh of relief that it made it okay. Later on, between songs, Sammy picks it up, and I get really excited. He's picking up my shirt! He's picking up my shirt!!!! He looks at it and laughs, which made me even more excited. But it doesn't end there. He brings it over to Eddie, shows it to him, and Eddie laughs, too! EDDIE VAN HALEN is laughing at a shirt that I made!!! Holy shit!!! Then Sammy asks the audience who made it. I go apesh*t, screaming that it's me, but I'm 10 rows back, and obviously he can't see or hear me. So, screw this, I bolt for the stage. A huge security guy tries to stop me. I scream hysterically "That's my shirt!!!" He guffaws, but I just sprint past him. I get up to the barrier and am screaming at Sammy that it's my shirt. He looks at me and says something like, "You made this?" I scream, "Yes!!" But then I see him look a few yards to my left. Someone over there is claiming that THEY made the shirt, which was a total lie, of course, but Sammy couldn't know that. I was so pissed! By this time the entire show has come to a halt because of my t-shirt, and Sammy is looking between me and the liar. At that point he waves it all off, saying "Aw, fuck y'all," or something like that. I am obviously beside myself. But, lo and behold, my older brother, as though on a mission from the rock gods, appears behind me with another one of the shirts. I gratefully snatch it from his hand and turn around, face Sammy, and hold it up triumphantly. The moment when Sammy saw it and realized that the shirt really was from me is one of the best moments of my life. Even now, just thinking about it, I get chills. Sammy comes over to the front of the stage with a big smile, reaches out and slaps me high five. (Oh my god!!!) Then I think Eddie gave me a thumbs up from over on his side, but I'm not sure. It was utter chaos in my 15-year-old brain at that moment. I do remember Mike tossing me a beer, and I caught it. It was a can of Budweiser. A security guy immediately snatched it out of my hand, but I didn't care, because I wasn't going to drink it anyway, and: Michael f-ing Anthony tossed ME a beer!!! I couldn't believe all this was happening. I swear that if I had pushed myself up on the barricade, Sammy would have pulled me on stage. I thought about that so many times afterwards!, and, to this day, I know it in my bones. But I hesitated, the moment passed, and they got back to the show. I went back to my seat, likely shivering with excitement, and hopefully profusely thanking my older brother.

    My memory of that show is that it was a great overall. I recall at the time thinking that I'd never seen/felt such a powerful rhythm section in my life (and to this day, I stand by that). People mainly seem to praise Michael Anthony for his vocals, but he was/is a monster bass player and performer, very underrated, in my opinion, and, even if Eddie doesn't (I still don't quite understand why...), I feel that he was an absolutely integral part of the immense sound and power (the "Mighty") of that rhythm section. The only other one that compares, to me, would be John Bonham and John Paul Jones. But I digress....

    After the concert ends, we go wait in a section at the side of the stage with all the other backstage pass holders. After a short time, a roadie comes out and says. "Sorry, the band isn't seeing anyone tonight." My heart immediately drops like an anchor. Are you kidding??? My one chance to truly meet my heroes, and it's snatched away from me!? But, tenacious mofo that I was, I refused to accept it. Outside the arena, I dragged my family around back to the loading dock. At that time, you could just walk right up to the loading dock and backstage door (at least at the PCC), which is exactly what I/we did. My mother and younger brother were too nervous to go in, but I just slapped my backstage pass onto my jacket and walked through the door like I belonged there. There are all these huge trucks and massive, imposing piles of equipment being moved around by the road crew. It was just a massive undertaking. I see a few other fans gathered loosely to my left, next to a wall and a hallway, likely leading to the dressing rooms. Obviously, I wasn't the only pass holder who decided not to take "no" for an answer. So, we're all just hanging out, trying not to attract attention. At one point, I think see Alex down the hall way. Holy shit! I'm totally nervous. Then, Eddie appears. A couple of fans approach him, and he says something like, "Wait over there and I'll come over in a minute." Whoa! Sweet!! He goes over and chats for a bit with a roadie, sipping a beer (this was when he was supposed to be sober, if I recall), and smoking a cigarette. I'm now about 15 feet from Eddie Van Halen (to me, a musical god). Another member of the crew comes up to us and says, "Thanks for coming everyone, but we have to ask you to leave." More than one of us say, "But Eddie said we could stay!!" I think he looked over at Eddie, who may have nodded or something, but what I remember clearly is that the crew member looks at us and goes, "He's the boss," with a shrug, and he leaves us alone. Yes!!! Massive relief. Eventually, Eddie comes over, and we loosely crowd around him to get autographs. I remember snatching a piece of paper from a nearby bulletin board. Eddie signed autographs for us, and chatted for a few minutes. I think he even told one of the kids there not to smoke, that it was bad for his health, haha! A roadie came over and dropped a bunch of picks onto a case, which we all snatched up.

    While I was backstage, I gave the remainder of the t-shirts to a roadie, with a note attached to them with my contact information (don't you just love the wishful naivete?...) , and asked him to give them to the band.

    I was disappointed at not meeting the other guys, but meeting Eddie kind of made up for it. An interesting note: I've never in my life been in the presence of someone who gave off such a cool vibe, and by that I mean utterly relaxed and self-confident. I've never forgotten that vibe I got off him.

    Alas, no one from the band contacted me later, asking me to join them as their special personal guest on the rest of the tour based on the awesomeness of my pathetically simple, mall-made t-shirts.

    Ah, the memories....


    Such a great story--thanks for sharing!

    I had a somewhat similar moment--actually two. In '95 on the Balance tour when I was 19, I made a banner that said "Wham Fuckin' Bam!" with the red swirl logo (with stripes) below it and gunned it on stage from 6 rows back at the amphitheater here in Pittsburgh and Sammy wrapped it around his waist! Then I threw my then-girlfriend's bra on stage with a red "V" on one tit and an "H" on the other and he hung it from his mic stand as I was hoping he would.

    Someone else who kindly shared a story in this thread mentioned "Dreams" playing, and man I feel ya! When they played it that night I shit myself twice and teared up like a bitch.

    Also, in '97 at the mini-amphitheater in Pittsburgh, during the Marching To Mars tour, I had this red t-shirt that was some trucking t-shirt and I did the mall thing too and put a white "5150" on the back after I turned it inside-out. I don't care about trucks so I'm not sure why I had it in the first place, but I guess that's the reason for the inside-out. Anyways, from about 20 rows back, I threw it onstage and not only did he wear it, he made fun of me!

    So you got complimented, and I got jagged! He was laughing because it was inside-out and may have made a joke about being too cheap to buy a plain red shirt haha.

    And, I have them both on recording which I'm sooooo grateful for. The '95 I have on video, and since it was a Jumbotron-shot bootleg, they played the "Amsterdam" music video (when I threw it) so only the very end of the song did it show them live and Sam wearing my banner. But the '97 one I have the audio version of, and if I remember correctly, he made fun of and wore my shirt before "Bad Motor Scooter."

    Then I met him in '11 at the book signing in Ridgewood, NJ which obviously trumps all of that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    Dude, wish I knew you in 2004! I've never tailgated before a show, but would love to sometime I do remember that one of my fave recent VH memories was hearing "It's About Time" on the radio in June 2004. Along with hearing "Tattoo" in January 2012. It was like being hugged by a dearly-departed friend, if that's not too corny. When I saw them in 2004, my buddy & I arrived late, and the 1st song (Jump?) had already begun as we ran back from the beer vendor to our seats....Any VH memory is a great memory.....which is why we're all here, I think
    Those fuckers came on stage an hour earlier than usual in '04!

    I was tailgating in Hershey--my first VH show since their hiatus in '99 started and after all that waiting/suffering--and I miss the first song! Paid for good seats, was with my ex-wife-to-be drinking beer and Cabo in the big ass parking lot because it was also the amusement park's lot, and when I turned down whatever Halen song I had playing in the car during the tailgating festivities I heard "Jump" from afar, pun-intended.

    We had to run what seemed 3/4 of a mile to get there (yelling "fuck me!" the whole time) and finally got in about 4 songs into the set.

    I was actually "mad" at Van Halen that day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    Those fuckers came on stage an hour earlier than usual in '04!

    I was tailgating in Hershey--my first VH show since their hiatus in '99 started and after all that waiting/suffering--and I miss the first song! Paid for good seats, was with my ex-wife-to-be drinking beer and Cabo in the big ass parking lot because it was also the amusement park's lot, and when I turned down whatever Halen song I had playing in the car during the tailgating festivities I heard "Jump" from afar, pun-intended.

    We had to run what seemed 3/4 of a mile to get there (yelling "fuck me!" the whole time) and finally got in about 4 songs into the set.

    I was actually "mad" at Van Halen that day!
    That totally sucks lol! If its any consolation, Eddie was probably hammered & not very good...I saw them late in the tour, and it sounded like Ed was playing one song, and the rest were playing another...thank God he cleaned up, and was much better in 2007.
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    Dave, I was at that Hershey show as well. Me and my brother were on Mike's side about 20 rows back. We were in the concourse when we heard the crowd starting to react and managed to rush in just as they came on stage. I think a lot of people were caught off guard. I remember the show being really good and I had no idea that Ed was a mess at the time (or maybe he wasn't too messy that show.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    That totally sucks lol! If its any consolation, Eddie was probably hammered & not very good...I saw them late in the tour, and it sounded like Ed was playing one song, and the rest were playing another...thank God he cleaned up, and was much better in 2007.
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    That totally sucks lol! If its any consolation, Eddie was probably hammered & not very good...I saw them late in the tour, and it sounded like Ed was playing one song, and the rest were playing another...thank God he cleaned up, and was much better in 2007.
    He wasn't great, but not as bad as a lot of the other shows. I noticed he was a little off, but it was earlier in the tour so I wasn't aware that was gonna be happening.
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    Great story, man! Excellent idea to make some shirts.
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    Okay, so, update: Through the grapevine, I've been able to see video of the t-shirt incident. I can't post it because it's my understanding that the guy who taped it doesn't like his videos on Youtube. I may try to find and contact him and ask if I can make a private video of just that part, and post the link on the forum. But in case I can't find him, or he doesn't want me to, I'll just describe it. Hell, I can't believe someone taped that show at all. This whole thing is nuts! Anyway, I was able to watch the whole incident, and it's interesting to see that it didn't happen exactly as I remembered it, but it was pretty close! My memory of it was a bit scrambled, but, hey, after 31 years, I did pretty good, haha. From the video, it looks like the liar was the first person to say he made the shirts, and Sammy says that he should come up on the stage. I think the reason I don't have a good memory of that was because at that moment I was pushing myself up towards the stage. You can see how packed/crowded it was. You can see people pointing to me, supporting me, saying it was me (I'd forgotten that part), and me stretching out my hand yelling that it was me, and Sammy goes, "He's the guy? That's the guy?" He's referring to me there. And my brother passes up the shirt earlier than I thought. You can see it being passed up. (Man, it's just wild seeing this after so long!) The whole thing happened a lot faster than I remember, too. But Sammy sees the second shirt, and says, "Who gave you that, your buddy?" He's totally skeptical at this point. Then he says the, "Fuck ya'll," thing and tells audience a quick version of the Oxford show, and near the end, he sees something and smiles and comes over to the front of the stage. I think that's the moment when I held up the shirt that said "Sammy" on the back. That's when I saw the look on his face that at the time I thought meant that he realized it was me. Either way, he comes over and slaps my hand and holds it for a second, and there was a real moment there (you can see it happen). It was only a second long, but at the time, it was huge to me. Anyway, he goes back to the mic and says, "Well, I don't know, but all I can say is those people [who stayed to the end of the Oxford show] know who they are, and they're special people." So, it looks like even till the end, he wasn't totally sure who made the shirts, but I'll say this: it was my fucking shirt, haha, and he held it up, and it stopped the show, and he liked it so much that he immediately asked who made it and wanted them up on stage, and even said onstage that he wanted to keep it and frame it, so I can be proud of that. And at the end, he throws it offstage and tells the roadies to save it. So, even though the guy who lied ruined my chance of getting up on stage (jerk!!!), it was still a hell of an experience.

    I wonder if Sammy did keep it. Too bad there's no way to contact him and ask him (not that's he'd remember, of course, but it would be funny to know if he did keep it or if it just went in the trash). Anyone know how to get it touch with Sammy?, haha.... ;)

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