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Van Halen

Postby Pandemonium » Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:21 pm

The band is finally about to release their first album in February with David Lee Roth fronting them since the year and album "1984." They spent much of December rehearsing at The Roxy in Hollywood during the day. The last few days have seen a major ramp-up in activity which includes tour dates being announced tomorrow and a live club show in NYC at Cafe Wha? on Thursday. Remains to be seen if this will be a Guns n' Roses-style Chinese Democracy flop or not, but it appears at least David Lee Roth is even wackier than ever:



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Re: Van Halen

Postby Matz » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:52 am

I heard about this, it will be interesting to hear some of the new music.

Love your new avatar by the way. Was there ever a cooler cartoon character than Lobo? Nope
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Pandemonium » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:36 am

Matz wrote:I heard about this, it will be interesting to hear some of the new music.

Love your new avatar by the way. Was there ever a cooler cartoon character than Lobo? Nope


That's actually my old pre-2009 avatar when my screen name was Partyslammer. I figure new year, everything old is new again, blah, blah, blah, change out the tongue-waggin' Dracula for Lobo again.

I always thought Lobo was visually inspired by Lemmy of Motorhead and if they ever did a Lobo movie, Lemmy would be a perfect fit for the role.
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Matz » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:13 am

or if Lemmy is busy try Chuck Zito. If you put a wig on that guy he's definitely got a Lobo vibe too. His real life is like a scaled down version of what Lobo does all day long, just heard him interviewed on Howard Stern :lol:
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Re: Van Halen

Postby MYXYLPLYX » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:33 pm

Having recently met this guy, I'd have to say he'd be a decent fill-in as well:

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Re: Van Halen

Postby wally » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:53 pm

guy fieri? :lol:
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Pandemonium » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:49 pm

wally wrote:guy fieri? :lol:


HA! I'm pretty sure that's the singer for the Anti-Nowhere League. I forget his real name but he (used to) go by the nickname "Animal."
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Re: Van Halen

Postby blackcoffee » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:52 pm

How's Dave doing in the hair dept? Does he have a weave or what?
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Pandemonium » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:22 pm

Van Halen played their pre-tour show at Cafe Wha tonight. From all accounts the band was rock solid. The major VH-related fan sites all suffered server crashes with upwards of 3,000+ viewers trying to access the sites leaving a few dedicated twitter posters to provide blow-by-blow updates. They debuted one "new' song which was a reworked song from their pre-1st album demos (back in '77) called "She's The Woman." The band played tight and according to one Tweet, David Lee Roth was like "Jim Morrison singing Led Zeppelin."

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Dunno what Roth's got going on with the Euro-hillbilly look. And Eddie's been puttin' on the pounds, Gary Moore style.

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Re: Van Halen

Postby blackcoffee » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:47 pm

I missed the VH thing likely because of my age, but I saw a lot of their stuff on MTV and actually felt nostalgic with your post. Dave's schtick is actually pretty cool. I hope they pull this off whatever their motivation.
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Matz » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:29 am



sounds pretty cool
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Re: Van Halen

Postby lollapaloser » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:32 am

I like the setlist. Hope Eddie's doing better than when he was Samurai Eddie, maybe those lbs mean he's laying off the powdered goods?
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Re: Van Halen

Postby chaos » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:38 pm

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/01/05/van-halen-and-david-lee-roth-rock-greenwich-village/

To stoke the fire for the band’s new album “A Different Kind of Truth” and forthcoming tour, tonight Van Halen played for about 250 music-industry insiders and journalists packed elbow-to-elbow at the tiny Café Wha? in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Featuring three original members – brother Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen on guitar and drums, respectively; and vocalist David Lee Roth – and Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son, on bass, the quartet ran through an 11-song set heavy on familiar hits and guitar pyrotechnics by Eddie Van Halen, who, at age 56, was at his dazzling best, blending flawless technique, off-the-moment invention and exploitation of raw volume.

Opening with two songs from its 1978 debut disk, the band found its footing early and by the fourth number, “Everybody Wants Some,” Alex and his nephew locked in, providing a supple platform for the guitarist to wail and squeal, hammering a blizzard of notes, though seemingly never to excess. Soon, old tunes, including “Hot for Teacher,” a hit some 28 years ago, roared in the small venue. (“Perfect,” said Roth to drummer Van Halen at its end.) The lone new song in the set, the rave-up “She’s the Woman” featured knotty unison playing by Eddie Van Halen and his son. The new album is due for release on February 7.

The evening was a homecoming of sorts for Roth, whose uncle, Manny Roth, ran the Café Wha? from the early ‘60s well into the ‘80s. (Now 92 years old, Manny Roth was in the audience.) Roth said he first entered the club when he was seven years old; now 57, he said, “It took me 50 years to get this gig.” Kicking off “Ice Cream Man,” he added, “I’m more nervous about this gig than I’ve been at the Garden,” referencing the arena some three miles north of the Village.

In brown overalls and a newsboy cap, Roth was in a chatty mood – at one point, Eddie Van Halen looked at his wristwatch during one of his lengthy tales. His good cheer carried over into the songs: During “Panama,” he mimicked Jim Morrison singing a rendition of “Stairway to Heaven.”

The venue, which is no more than 20 yards wide from the front of the stage to the back wall, sparked memories for the band, which formed 40 years ago in Pasadena. “We used to do gigs like this five nights a week for five years,” Roth said. Alex Van Halen played the opening percussion riff to “Dance the Night Away” on an overhead water pipe. Known for his hurdling about stage, Roth sang with the ceiling about a foot above his head – no room for leaps, not even during “Jump,” the show’s finale.

Beginning February 18 in Louisville, Kentucky, Van Halen will return to arenas in the U.S. and Canada for a lengthy tour, its first since 2008, that runs through June. Tickets go on sale beginning January 14. Kool & the Gang, who, like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and others played Café Wha? at the start of the start of their careers, will open for Van Halen on some dates.

“Tattoo,” the first single from the new album, will be released January 10.
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Pandemonium » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:42 pm

A sample of the first single:



The songs basic riff is from a pre-1st album 1977 demo called "Down In Flames which was musically a much more interesting tune. Production sounds like shit. Probably the worst guitar tone I've heard from Eddie although the song has a decent if generic groove. Nice to see Roth's lyrics are as off the wall as ever, though.

The album's track list has leaked and I'm blown away they (as in EVH) have snaked so much off the '77 demos for this new album. I know it's been no secret they went back to the demos for *some* music/inspiration, but there's clearly two 1977 era songs (She's The Woman" and "Bullethead") on the new album plus at least with "Tattoo," another old song reworked from old 35+ year old demos. Ironic considering Eddie has long claimed he's spent the last decade recording new music in his home studio amounting to "dozens of albums worth of new songs."
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Artemis » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:35 pm

I'm thinking to get tickets for this tour because I have never seen VH.
The t.o. show is on a Saturday night too. :thumb:
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Pandemonium » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:54 pm

Artemis wrote:I'm thinking to get tickets for this tour because I have never seen VH.
The t.o. show is on a Saturday night too. :thumb:


I've never seen a "bad" Van Halen show, even with the obnoxious Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone fronting them. As far as a pure, old school "rawk" show these days, AC/DC is probably the only big arena/stadium band that's better or more consistant.

But I'll say straight up, Van Halen circa 2012 even with David Lee Roth is not the Van Halen of their late 70's/early 80's glory days any more than Janes Addiction (even with EA) 2009 - 2012 was anything close to JA 1988 - 1991. Still, they're definitely worth checking out.
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Artemis » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:13 am

Pandemonium wrote:
Artemis wrote:I'm thinking to get tickets for this tour because I have never seen VH.
The t.o. show is on a Saturday night too. :thumb:


I've never seen a "bad" Van Halen show, even with the obnoxious Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone fronting them. As far as a pure, old school "rawk" show these days, AC/DC is probably the only big arena/stadium band that's better or more consistant.

But I'll say straight up, Van Halen circa 2012 even with David Lee Roth is not the Van Halen of their late 70's/early 80's glory days any more than Janes Addiction (even with EA) 2009 - 2012 was anything close to JA 1988 - 1991. Still, they're definitely worth checking out.


I know it's not going to be like the old days, but I am still curious to see them. I think David Lee Roth will be very entertaining. In this case, I would be happy with a hit heavy set list.
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Artemis » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:13 am

Pandemonium wrote:
Artemis wrote:I'm thinking to get tickets for this tour because I have never seen VH.
The t.o. show is on a Saturday night too. :thumb:


I've never seen a "bad" Van Halen show, even with the obnoxious Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone fronting them. As far as a pure, old school "rawk" show these days, AC/DC is probably the only big arena/stadium band that's better or more consistant.

But I'll say straight up, Van Halen circa 2012 even with David Lee Roth is not the Van Halen of their late 70's/early 80's glory days any more than Janes Addiction (even with EA) 2009 - 2012 was anything close to JA 1988 - 1991. Still, they're definitely worth checking out.


I know it's not going to be like the old days, but I am still curious to see them. I think David Lee Roth will be very entertaining. In this case, I would be happy with a hit heavy set list.
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Re: Van Halen

Postby Tyler Durden » Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:48 am

I've never understood the appeal of VH but here ya go:

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Re: Van Halen

Postby Matz » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:35 am

far from their best but I was expecting worse than this
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