I never thought I'd see the day where David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen would not only get on stage again (even though they did in '07) but come out with a new album too. It was a shame to not see Michael Anthony, but I saw the camradarie between the Van Halens and David and it was tight!
Tonight was opening night at the Garden for Van Halen. Doug and I had floor seats, section A in the 20th row. The seats were incredible. I decided to take some 1080p video of the concert, to include the opening act, Kool & the Gang. I understand this was Dave's pick for the opener, and I think he was a genius as it offered a great contrast between their music style's and VH.
Van Halen played a total of around 25-26 songs, and barely came up for air, except for the obligatory drum solo to give Dave's vocal chords and Eddie's blistering finger play a rest. Wolfie, Eddie's son, was quite impressive in his performance as well. So much so in fact, that his old man gave him a half-hug and peck on the cheek at the end of Jump, which was the last song of the night.
Van Halen played several songs from their new album, and it fit very nicely with all of their hit songs, which, in my mind is the ultimate indication that the new album is amazing and should not be missed!
I'm going to post links to some of the songs I filmed below as well as some freeze shots from it, for your audio and visual pleasure. And as for me, I need to run just 6.6 more miles to break my February record for most miles in a February month.
I will also be posting an updated "records" section below. And as for the http://www.alexdgonzalez.com/ website, well, I've hit a snag. I need to see how to place everything that's here onto there, or else, I need to have that website point to here, so for now, it's a dead issue.
|Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love|
|Alex during his drum solo|
|Van Halen performs Chinatown.|
|Wolfgang and David|
|Father and Son combo|
|Eddie wails on his toy.|
|Eddie does Eruption|
|Everybody Wants Some|
|Eddie hugs his son for a good performance|
|Runnin' With The Devil. and one of my favorite photos that I took of the evening.|
|Opening Act: You really got me.|
1. "You Really Got Me"
2. "Runnin' With The Devil"
3. "She's A Woman"
4. "Romeo Delight" and 5. "Tattoo"
6. "Everybody Wants Some" and 7. "Somebody Get Me A Doctor"
9. "Hear About It Later" and 10. "(Oh) Pretty Woman"
11. Alex Van Halen's Drum Solo and 12. "Unchained" and 13. "That's the Problem with Never"
14. "Dance the Night Away"
15. "I'll Wait"
16. "Hot For Teacher"
17. "Woman In Love"
18. "Girl Gone Bad"
19. "Beautiful Girls"
20. Dave's Ranch Dogs and 21. "Ice Cream Man"
23. "Eruption" and 24. "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (part 1)
24. "Ain't Talking About Love" part 2