I saw Van Halen in concert last night and all I have to say it that it’s definitely not 1980 anymore. I mean, I wasn’t alive in 1980- but I know for a fact Van Halen was not at their best last night. Overall it was a good show, they didn’t play too many songs off their latest album and I didn’t see one person sitting down. However I feel that Van Halen really only lacked in one section, and that was vocals. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love David Lee Roth but vocally he wasn’t all the way there. I will cut him some slack because he did have the flu only a couple nights before the concert, and luckily Eddie Van Halen and his son Wolfgang were there to back Dave up when he missed the mark.
I’ve read many reviews and the negative ones blow it way out of proportion in most cases; sure the vocals weren’t that great the entire time but they weren’t terrible either. Other than the main vocals- the show was great. Although original bassist Michael Anthony is no longer with the band, Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen does an excellent job on bass. Eddie and Wolfgang provided great backing vocals the entire concert, and the sound was very loud and in your face (my ears have been ringing for almost a full 24 hours). Eddie’s guitar solo blew the crowd away, and so did Alex’s drum solo. As for Diamond Dave, aside from his slightly lacking vocal ability, he has an amazing stage presence. I could listen to him talk and watch him dance around the stage for hours, he’s that entertaining. Honestly, I think David knows he isn’t at the top of his game vocally, so he spoke a lot of the words opposed to singing them- which I guess is better than hearing your favorite song butchered.
They played for a solid two hours, and performed 25 songs all together. However, they didn’t have time to go off stage and pretend that they were done, and then after five minutes come back out and do their encore- as the curfew set by the venue was quickly approaching. Because of that they just went from You Really Got Me straight into Panama. In the end, the show was definitely good (totally worth the 20.00 we had to pay per ticket), but could it have been better? Of course. But, I’m not nearly as disappointed as some people were who left one star reviews on Ticketmaster.