OK. Eat ‘Em And Smile Equals...

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  1. Pidgin English

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    I thought of this exact sentiment when I saw this topic. If VH released the 2 aforementioned songs or even "5150", we would have all thought differently of them. And DLR didn't stray from the model that made him the biggest front man of the decade. It's a shame his solo career sputtered. I guess Dave needed the Van Halen brothers just as much as they needed him.
     
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  2. John 14:6

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    I loved the DLR solo stuff including the first record. My favorite song off the first record is Big Trouble. To me it is Roth and Vai at their very best.

     
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    I haven’t heard this in a long time, man it’s a great song with some good Vai playing on it....

     
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    Still love it. It blows 5150 out of the water.
     
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    Why would he want to do that? He doesn't have enough time to play all his own songs on tour.
     
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    Why would he want to subject an audience to “there’s only one way to rock”?
     
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    EVH is a sadist, obviously.
     
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    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    Sammy and EVH didn't have the shared discography then that DLR and EVH have now. Plus, I think Ed was trying to stick it to Roth as well. How many Sammy era songs have the DLR fronted EVH done since they started touring together?
     
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    Come on man 1984 has some really good songs. It was the last VH album I bought. :drink
     
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    None. Roth can’t sing that stuff. Is that why Eddie won’t play the vai material?
     
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    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't know...you'll have to ask him. I would hazard a guess that he just has no desire to. :dunno
     
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    Nah, I’m good with my original opinion. It’s fine.

    I would have liked to have seen EVH play Yankee Rose on the last tour. Or any other Roth solo era songs, for that matter.
     
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    Actually, my favorite song on that album.
     
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    25 year old here. Listened to Eat 'em And Smile & Skyscraper when I was working in Miami summer of 2018. Great albums, especially with the tropical weather and all.

    I also love the Van Hagar albums. I just don't feel the need to compare the two bands, both were great in their own respective fields.

    I also listened to Balance for the first time when I was in Miami and loved it. Now, getting me to listen to VHIII again...please don't :)
     
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    I'm late to this one. 1984 and EEAS had a huge effect on me as a player. I was 14 when 1984 came out and practicing like a demon. When EAAS came out these two were in heavy rotation. Top Jimmy, Panama, Jump, Ladies knight in Buffalo, Big Trouble, Tobacco road. All kicked major butt. They do sound a little dated but what doesn't from that era. I was that kid that sent away for Flexible and leftovers and played the flexi-disc of blue powder until the grooves were flat. It's far better than anything I can find on the radio today. If I can even find a song with a guitar in it on the radio today. ...Sorry, rock is dead.

    Regarding Vai's tone. It's not my favorite but the Lee Jackson modified Marshall with the chorus was THE sound back then.
     
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    Gimme a bottle of anything and a glazed donut...TO GO!
     
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    When I watched LWAN awhile back, the 1st thing that really struck me was: the Solo Hagar songs just sound so wrong on a live VH vid... at the time when I was learning guitar I didn’t mind it, I loved every bit of it... but in hindsite 30 years later they just seem outta place...

     
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  18. stradazone

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    Might have to agree with you!
     
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    I did find Chuck’s invocation of Laverne and Shirley to be quite funny, and perfectly fitting for the intended audience of the piece.
     
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  20. TubeStack

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    Dave's phrasing on the verses is especially fantastic. And a killer Vai solo (and main riff). Also love the bridge before and after the solo. My favourite solo DLR tune, for sure!
     
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