Van Halen - American Airlines Center - 6/20/12

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Drew Gaines
Van Halen, Kool & The Gang
American Airlines Center
Wednesday, June 20

See also: The five worst and five most underrated Van Halen songs

You have to hand it to Diamond Dave. Sure, he can't hit all those high notes like back in the day, but he gave it the good fight. Often talking more than singing, David Lee Roth was still one of the most engaging showmen in rock. Helped along immeasurably by the backing vocals of Eddie Van Halen and his bass-playing son, Wolfgang, Roth and his bandmates dutifully mined the first five Van Halen albums for the expected hits and a couple of deep cuts.

Beginning with "Unchained" and "Running with the Devil," Van Halen got the crowd on its feet and they stayed that way for most of the show. Before "Everybody Wants Some," Roth told the crowd, "In 1982, I was a sexy, naked motherfucker." But 30 years later, he really doesn't look that bad. Roth even threw in a couple of his patented high kicks during the appropriately timed "Somebody Get Me a Doctor."

Was it a great show? Not really, but it was damn good. Even Alex Van Halen's drum solo didn't completely suck. And that Eddie Van Halen, he plays a mean fucking guitar.

Personal bias: David Lee Roth is the singer of Van Halen. Sammy Hagar was a shallow, tepid replacement. The albums with Hagar were rehearsals for retirement, callous attempts to gauge the interests of an aging fan base for a watered down product of utter dross.

Strangest sights: A young woman carrying around her newborn in the concourse and a teenager sporting a Dead Kennedys t-shirt hanging out by the merchandise table.

By the way: Openers Kool & the Gang were great. Solid funk/disco/R&B.

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10 comments
MattL1
MattL1

I'm not really FROM any one place, but the Commonwealth is among the many. What can I say? Nobody's perfect. 

Glenn Whitney
Glenn Whitney

take hike julie g,go listen to the black eyed peas  or the black eyed keys

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Matt!  I thought for sure you would be a VH van.  Then I clicked on that profile of yers, and you, have, a Red Sox, hat on?  You CAN'T be from the Commonwealth?!

GlenW
GlenW

That review seems a bit lacking.

MattL1
MattL1

I did not attend the show, but I'm sure it sucked. Because Van Halen is a terrible band. I don't often feel sorry for people, but I can make an exception for this show's attendees. 

Ryderrocks
Ryderrocks

sammy sucked - watered down? and this performance and this singer David Lee Roth is sounding great? Not a sammy hater but hey he can SING isnt that what they need a lead singer for? Roth dump him let wolfie sing and be a three piece band - Roth yes WAS great but what he is now needs to be drivin for EMS or in some lounge in Vegas not with Van Halen

Darrylrs
Darrylrs

this is true. a very douchy crowd, everyone I ever hated in high school was there. it was a festival of ex-jocks and their now wrinkled wives and/or girlfriends. music was OK because now I can avoid it. back in 82, avoiding van halen was like avoiding your father's smackdown at dinner.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

He couldn't hit the high notes in that bands prime; those were not high notes, but shitty pig squeals; you flaccid, hair laden boner. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Smoke some more weed, dude-but Home Depot needs you back by 9 AM.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I could not IMAGINE the amount of +ssholes (in the crowd)  listening to this banal, wankering bullsh+t. I rather have "me head" driven with hot red spikes!  Grow up? 

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