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    I thought this was a good article. Glad that Steve Perry shared that.

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    Nice words...and holy shit another 1985 one! The biggest one yet. Well him and Daryl.
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    Makes you wonder how many times E V H picked up the phone to call , or answered the phone , before he decided on Sammy

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    Good stuff from, Steve. He shoulda took him up on that. Woulda been fun.

    His voice wasn't a fit, but even if it was...you can't be in VH if you're gonna cry over a satin jacket. Thicker skin needed.

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    Well hasn’ it always been commented on that Van Halen turned into Journey after Roth left? Well looks like Ed was trying to make that happen

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    Cool article!!
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    Makes me think what Dreams would've sounded like with Perry
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDL View Post
    Makes me think what Dreams would've sounded like with Perry
    Yeah, that was the first song that came to my mind. But then I think about something like Get Up. He probably would've passed on that song.

    Steve's an incredible vocalist. But Sammy was the better fit for the band.

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    That was a great article. I think the way Steve describes the way tours were back in 1978 was particularly interesting. All of the little tidbits about how the opener had their PA system limited, the bands were all hyper competitive against each other, how great musical talents were still awed by VH (how's that on the Schonicity meter?), etc. were really cool to read. He's also spot on about how the liveliness of live music has been hurt by all of the technology these days. That's one of those things that you don't really realize you miss until it's pointed out. I guess the flip side is that you run the risk of getting a bad show more often without all of that tech, but it does rob you of the opportunity for those truly magical moments. What we get instead is risk-averse, consistent performances that leave audiences generally satisfied but rarely blown away. I wonder if people watching up and coming bands these days ever get truly blown away like concert goers used to?

    It makes me think of that one VH show that's popped up on Youtube, I think it was VH in Greensboro in 1981, where I think Dave's mic didn't work or Mike's bass went out right at the opening of the concert. Rather than have an Ashley Simpson moment, the band plows through a jam while the technical issues get resolved. Then the band continues seamlessly into the beginning of the song and the fans are none the wiser. It just comes off as a complete badass opener.

    Of course that immediately can be juxtaposed against Van Halen in Greensboro in 2007 with what was probably the weirdest issues they've ever had that I've seen, where they play along to the recording for Jump and the rest of the band is in a different key in one of the most uncomfortable 4 minutes your ears will ever have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    That was a great article. I think the way Steve describes the way tours were back in 1978 was particularly interesting. All of the little tidbits about how the opener had their PA system limited, the bands were all hyper competitive against each other, how great musical talents were still awed by VH (how's that on the Schonicity meter?), etc. were really cool to read. He's also spot on about how the liveliness of live music has been hurt by all of the technology these days. That's one of those things that you don't really realize you miss until it's pointed out. I guess the flip side is that you run the risk of getting a bad show more often without all of that tech, but it does rob you of the opportunity for those truly magical moments. What we get instead is risk-averse, consistent performances that leave audiences generally satisfied but rarely blown away. I wonder if people watching up and coming bands these days ever get truly blown away like concert goers used to?

    It makes me think of that one VH show that's popped up on Youtube, I think it was VH in Greensboro in 1981, where I think Dave's mic didn't work or Mike's bass went out right at the opening of the concert. Rather than have an Ashley Simpson moment, the band plows through a jam while the technical issues get resolved. Then the band continues seamlessly into the beginning of the song and the fans are none the wiser. It just comes off as a complete badass opener.

    Of course that immediately can be juxtaposed against Van Halen in Greensboro in 2007 with what was probably the weirdest issues they've ever had that I've seen, where they play along to the recording for Jump and the rest of the band is in a different key in one of the most uncomfortable 4 minutes your ears will ever have.
    Reminds me of when I saw VH in late '07 at Mohegan. Ed's guitar went out during Somebody Get Me a Doctor, right before his solo. But I gotta say, Wolf and Al kept going on and actually did a pretty cool jam for about 1-2 minutes. Finally Dave said something like "we're having technical difficulties." Then finally Eddie came back on, picked up where he left off and the patient crowd cheered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    Reminds me of when I saw VH in late '07 at Mohegan. Ed's guitar went out during Somebody Get Me a Doctor, right before his solo. But I gotta say, Wolf and Al kept going on and actually did a pretty cool jam for about 1-2 minutes. Finally Dave said something like "we're having technical difficulties." Then finally Eddie came back on, picked up where he left off and the patient crowd cheered.
    That would've been cool to see Al and Wolf jamming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    But Sammy was the better fit for the band.
    Fuck yeah he was!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    That was a great article. I think the way Steve describes the way tours were back in 1978 was particularly interesting. All of the little tidbits about how the opener had their PA system limited, the bands were all hyper competitive against each other, how great musical talents were still awed by VH (how's that on the Schonicity meter?), etc. were really cool to read. He's also spot on about how the liveliness of live music has been hurt by all of the technology these days. That's one of those things that you don't really realize you miss until it's pointed out. I guess the flip side is that you run the risk of getting a bad show more often without all of that tech, but it does rob you of the opportunity for those truly magical moments. What we get instead is risk-averse, consistent performances that leave audiences generally satisfied but rarely blown away. I wonder if people watching up and coming bands these days ever get truly blown away like concert goers used to?

    It makes me think of that one VH show that's popped up on Youtube, I think it was VH in Greensboro in 1981, where I think Dave's mic didn't work or Mike's bass went out right at the opening of the concert. Rather than have an Ashley Simpson moment, the band plows through a jam while the technical issues get resolved. Then the band continues seamlessly into the beginning of the song and the fans are none the wiser. It just comes off as a complete badass opener.

    Of course that immediately can be juxtaposed against Van Halen in Greensboro in 2007 with what was probably the weirdest issues they've ever had that I've seen, where they play along to the recording for Jump and the rest of the band is in a different key in one of the most uncomfortable 4 minutes your ears will ever have.
    I think it was just Ed's guitar that was in a different key from the synth, and for some inexplicable reason his guitar tech didn't run out there and switch out his guitar for one in the right tuning.

 

 

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