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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Both he and Ed have never sounded the same on any two albums, which is pretty difficult to do, let alone through twelve albums. People mock the phrase, but honestly, both brothers were tone chasers literally.
    Loved that. They all blew me away on the first one but VHII is where I really started to understand how good Alex was. And Mike as well. Production brought them out more but the sound was so different and cool. And it just continued record after record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    I'll never understand people's hate of Doin Time, other than it ends right as he's starting to cook. He's really starting to blaze the last 30-40 seconds and then it's over. I wouldve liked it to be a minute or two longer.
    Agreed. He does pick things up and then it's over.

    But that part of his solo in concert--I believe he started doing that in '93 or '95...definitely on the Balance tour (not sure if he did it on the RHRN tour)--is different each tour. He could've put another one of those on an album. III could've certainly used a pick-me-up! But the version on the Balance tour was probably my favorite one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    Agreed. He does pick things up and then it's over.

    But that part of his solo in concert--I believe he started doing that in '93 or '95...definitely on the Balance tour (not sure if he did it on the RHRN tour)--is different each tour. He could've put another one of those on an album. III could've certainly used a pick-me-up! But the version on the Balance tour was probably my favorite one.
    Yep, he started it in 93. I cant say if its his greatest solo ever, because I've personally seen a couple amazing ones live, but probably his greatest solo actually on film is Toronto 95 PPV.

    Garey Williams is an amazing jazz drummer and teacher here locally. He is one of the most enthusiastic people on the planet when it comes to drums. Here is a really cool reaction to the solo I'm talking about:



    Garey REALLY knows his stuff and is an incredible player in his own right. I'll have to post one of his videos some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    Agreed. He does pick things up and then it's over.

    But that part of his solo in concert--I believe he started doing that in '93 or '95...definitely on the Balance tour (not sure if he did it on the RHRN tour)--is different each tour. He could've put another one of those on an album. III could've certainly used a pick-me-up! But the version on the Balance tour was probably my favorite one.
    He kinda did that during his solo on the VH3 tour too, didn't he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    He kinda did that during his solo on the VH3 tour too, didn't he?
    Yes.

    If I remember correctly, he did it in '93, '95, '98, '07-08, '12, '15. In 2012 & 2015, I believe, it was his entire solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Yep, he started it in 93. I cant say if its his greatest solo ever, because I've personally seen a couple amazing ones live, but probably his greatest solo actually on film is Toronto 95 PPV.

    Garey Williams is an amazing jazz drummer and teacher here locally. He is one of the most enthusiastic people on the planet when it comes to drums. Here is a really cool reaction to the solo I'm talking about:



    Garey REALLY knows his stuff and is an incredible player in his own right. I'll have to post one of his videos some time.
    Cool video. Yeah, I always loved that solo from '95.

    Another reason why I wish we got an official recording from 2008, Al had a great solo on that tour too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    Cool video. Yeah, I always loved that solo from '95.

    Another reason why I wish we got an official recording from 2008, Al had a great solo on that tour too.
    Yeah, I loved the reunion tour solo. Started out with his tribute to Ginger Baker's Toad, then in the second section he used that cool flanger effect that he had done on the FW tour and that various drummers, like Bonham, have used over the years. Then, I believe for the finale on that tour with the backing track, it was a variation on Outta Love Again. Great stuff on that tour. I was kind of bummed that he shortened his solo down so much on the last two tours, to basically just one section of him playing with the backing track music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Yeah, I loved the reunion tour solo. Started out with his tribute to Ginger Baker's Toad, then in the second section he used that cool flanger effect that he had done on the FW tour and that various drummers, like Bonham, have used over the years. Then, I believe for the finale on that tour with the backing track, it was a variation on Outta Love Again. Great stuff on that tour. I was kind of bummed that he shortened his solo down so much on the last two tours, to basically just one section of him playing with the backing track music.
    Yeah, the reunion show drum solo was put together really well. Like you said, the cool flanger effect reminded me of Bonham.

    I didn't mind that Al's solos (and Ed's) were shorter on the last two tours. It's kind of like we saw the longer solos over the years and they were awesome, but we got more songs during these shows, which was nice. Unless they were going to really showcase something new, we've basically seen it before. I get the feeling that even they said 'let's keep the show moving!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    Yes.

    If I remember correctly, he did it in '93, '95, '98, '07-08, '12, '15. In 2012 & 2015, I believe, it was his entire solo.
    Yeah it seemed the 2000s ones were a little different with the horns and the '93-'98s were more "Doin' Time"-ish if I recall correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Yeah, I loved the reunion tour solo. Started out with his tribute to Ginger Baker's Toad, then in the second section he used that cool flanger effect that he had done on the FW tour and that various drummers, like Bonham, have used over the years. Then, I believe for the finale on that tour with the backing track, it was a variation on Outta Love Again. Great stuff on that tour. I was kind of bummed that he shortened his solo down so much on the last two tours, to basically just one section of him playing with the backing track music.
    He was doing the the "Outta Love Again" thing back in '98.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    I don't recall ever seeing a thread in Main devoted specifically to the other Van Halen brother. Let's talk about Eddie's big bro and his contributions to the band and its overall sound.

    Jungle Drummer is probably the biggest Alex Van Halen fan I have ever encountered. I would love to hear his thoughts on what makes Alex his favorite drummer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    I'll never understand people's hate of Doin Time, other than it ends right as he's starting to cook. He's really starting to blaze the last 30-40 seconds and then it's over. I wouldve liked it to be a minute or two longer.
    I also like that tune a lot! Always did!

    The guy is a monster. Van Halen II is where he really shines more, IMHO.
    And the 'Brown Sound' used to define Alex' snare drum sound before his young brother took it.

    At some point, EVH said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    I don't recall ever seeing a thread in Main devoted specifically to the other Van Halen brother. Let's talk about Eddie's big bro and his contributions to the band and its overall sound.

    Jungle Drummer is probably the biggest Alex Van Halen fan I have ever encountered. I would love to hear his thoughts on what makes Alex his favorite drummer.
    There have been a few over the years. But not in a while!

    People worship the late Neil Peart, but I like Alex's drumming more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Railrunner130 View Post
    There have been a few over the years. But not in a while!

    People worship the late Neil Peart, but I like Alex's drumming more.

    Both are great musicians in their respective drumming style and musical niche.
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