Merged Van Halen Super Thread...post here. STOP WITH THE OTHER THREADS ALREADY

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  1. GF4LYF

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    I've heard samples of their new album on ITunes, and they sound pretty good, I know it's their first live album with "Diamond Dave" but for me I would have preferred a new studio album.
     
  2. imonabuss

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    Guys, how can anyone musical not cringe at the current DLR? Dear God he is awful.
     
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    I listened to the whole live album today on Spotify...you get used to Roth after a while and the record is quite enjoyable
     
  4. monty

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    Agreed. Get her #, classic Roth.
     
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    I always knew that David Lee Roth's schtick would not age well. His whole thing was always about karate kicks, shaking is ass in assless chaps, and wearing neon leopard print spandex with teased up hair. Which one of those things suits a 60 year old man in 2015? Since he was never much of a singer, it's not like he could drop the stage act and just mesmerize everyone with how he's still got a great voice. So what we're left with is a guy that can't sing (never really could, although he has a nice vocal tone), and can't fall back on his old 'sexy' image.

    That being said, he is doing the best with what he has. He's still in shape and jumping around like someone 2/3 his age. And he is projecting sheer joy. I find that I 'like' him more than I did back in the day. He has been the underdog for so long. The fact that he's been given this second chance to finish his career out on top with the band that he should've never left in the first place, and everyone in the band is still alive and healthy... it's really one of the few really happy endings in r'n'r. Yeah, Michael Anthony kind of got ****ed. But he had a lot of great years with VH while DLR was playing casinos (if he was getting gigs at all). Despite all the armchair internet contrarianism, DLR back in VH was literally the foremost dream of all rock fans (equaled maybe only by everyone wanting KISS to put their make up back on). So I really feel like everyone wins here. I'm stoked, and I actually feel bad for being so hard on DLR after seeing that Ellen performance. The dude just seems so happy, thankful, and probably humbled to some degree. I'm digging the whole vibe of just some dudes hopping up there and playing their asses off. I don't care if there are some bad notes, or whatever.
     
  6. cas29

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    I have no idea what the hell some of you are complaining about.

    I rarely listen to classic rock anymore.

    But Dave was freaking GREAT for 60. He looked like he was having a blast and interacted with the whole audience.

    And when he pulled that girl out there to dance, well, that was just slick as hell.
     
  7. John 14:6

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    Roth was not singing the original melodies for the most part in this 1983 show. He had the screams, looks, swagger and attitude to make up for sloppy vocals. Dave's live vocals are not a heck of a lot different today, but he no longer has all the other things working for him. I thought Dave sounded pretty good today on the Ellen show. The whole band looked like they were having a lot of fun. It is sure nice to see Eddie healthy and playing GREAT. The first concert I ever saw was Van Halen at the San Diego Sports Arena in 1978.
     
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    Yup. Basically, they are making fools of themselves (mostly from Dave's stupidness and ****** vocals)..

    One of the best rock bands ever, and they are ending their careers like this. Sad.
     
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    New album or don't tour since it is so recent since their last tour.
     
  10. Vic Interceptor

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    VH ended when 1984 came out, anything after is crap regardless of who's screaming in the mic. When they went pop they lost me. DLR was probably the best rock frontman, ever. Nobody had that kind of ego and presence. If you want a singer go see Train. If you want a frontman, DLR is king.
     
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    That is for sure!

    I love Sammy! I used to love Dave, a long, long time ago. Dave is just too goofy to be rock and roll anymore, wow. Get Sammy back and do the right gigs. Very awkward to say the least!
     
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    Was the girl who dances with Dave during "Dance the Night Away" on Ellen the same one from Kimmel?
     
  13. mattball826

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    meh. they just need more $

    evh is probably trying to set up some easy cash grab for wvh. evh has a look of "just go with it"

    alex looks like wtf are we doing here. i didnt sign up for this sh!t

    lol
     
  14. Bogner

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    I am still baffled at all the complaining in all these VH threads....lol. If they aren't perfect 1978 VH 1 record looking and sounding then nothing will suffice it seems....and even then the song selection, guitar color, amount of amps, etc will be a focal point of the bitch session.

    In the old days....a wall of amps and cabs was Rock and Roll....in this thread it is "marketing." I am confident that not one person in any of these threads can go back 40 plus years and take a snap shot of their looks, life, energy, (insert whatever else here____) and be the same all this time later yet this band is getting pummeled for whatever whimsical thing a person thinks up. Sad really....

    I think they sound great and I personally am happy to have a chance to see and hear them again after all these years and I enjoy their efforts.

    Cash grabs...blah x 3. Wolfie is fat and ate Michael Anthony... blah x 3. DLR can't sing...bah x3. Roth shouldn't kick like he does, he might hurt himself.....blah x3. A wall of amps is now marketing.....blah x3. Playing on the wrong show....x 3. (Ellen show is a solid program btw if you are into that type of thing, I am not but respect the fact she has a successful show.)

    I thought we were players here? Sounds like a bunch of whiney women who are unable to go purse shopping. ;) Between these VH threads and the thread of having to get 50 people to a local bar gig to get your 100 bucks for a night (seriously?) and most saying they can't do that... it would appear that there shouldn't be so much negative to say about a legendary act like Van Halen when you get down to it yet everybody is hanging on everything VH does. As the song goes.....that beats working baby!! ;)

    Carry on.....rant over.
     
  15. Papajuice

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    Dude they are having fun bottom line. Life is so full of crap and they are just enjoying it for now nothing wrong with it and i hope they continue to have fun. Eddie looks the best he has in years, Dave is is just Dave. Alex may have slowed a bit but who cares. Wolfie playing with dad has got to be a blast.
     
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    However, I'm not sure 30YO Ed played a whole lot better than he is right now. If he's lost a step, I'm not sure where it is. Which begs the question, would we be having this conversation if Ed played as badly as Dave sings?


    In my best Si Robertson, "Nah!" To me, it just proves the point that there's only one Diamond Dave. I don't think he can be replaced.


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  17. Seegs

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    Energy was great...I loved it!!

    Dave's voice is and has always been shot but he brings the entertainment aspect and tons of energy...very entertaining and the consummate frontman...

    Technical perfection is over rated and the stuff I would expect to hear on guitar forums...

    Bassplaying is fine and solid and fits what they do...

    Do you really think Eddie would fire his kid to bring back Michael A?

    I don't miss his vocals and besides...how can you harmonise with Dave? :D
     
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    On a side note= how many bands through history where the bass player isn't a vocalist is there such a spotlight on him. The kid/guy has been the bass player for 9 years now and has gigged in front of hundreds of thousands of people, I highly doubt his skill level is not up to the task. I am certain he will have more room to cut loose with Tremonti then playing Michael Anthony's old bass lines. For all the abuse this poor kid has had to take on the internet the last 9 years it is amazing he isn't in therapy. He started out on drums as a little kid and switched to bass and as much as Ed loves his son, if he couldn't get the job done he wouldn't be in the band. Of course I would rather see Michael Anthony playing bass as well as listening to his incredible back ground vocals but he is in another band now. For all the nasty sh!t said about Ed through the years it is all his music and he had no problem with the whole band getting a share of the writing credits which made Mike millions! We should all have such issues lol.
     
  19. steve39stripes

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    I would still go see VH this summer even if one of you guys were singing LOL! Any time I can see Eddie play live especially when he seems happy and healthy is a pleasure. At sixty years old he still cares about his tone and his ability to execute all the stuff we love about him. He scared me for a while there and I thought he was headed for the usual rock and roll lifestyle disaster, but he thankfully pulled himself together. I'm proud of EVH and happy to still be able to go see a true rock guitar god play live and play well. In my book and many others he is the most influential guitarist ever hands down....oh and yes I wish Dave would just sing the songs already ;)
     
  20. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    Yeah, all of them multi millionaires up on stage, can smoke anyone here talent wise, and doing the thing they love. How sad. :drown
    Can we all take a moment of silence? :cry:


    :bong
     
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