Should I go see Van Halen?

squeally dan

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When I was in sixth grade, my buddy gave me a cassette of Van HalenII. It was the first time I had heard anything like that. It blew my mind and made me want to play guitar. I worshiped Eddie.

I have been to many concerts but have never gotten to see Van Halen live. I was looking at tickets for the show closest to me and seats on the floor were almost $400 for only 2 tickets. I could dig of the moeny and go, or stay home and save the money. Part of me thinks that seeing them now might ruin my image of Van Halen. Part of me wants to remember the young Van Halen when they kicked ass. I love then and I will buy the new album, mostly out of curiosity, but I am skeptical of Dave's ability to sing these days. Not sure he can pull it off live. What would you guys do?
 

surfshack

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i would check it out. for $400 bucks you'll have the memory that you saw them for the rest of your life. you only live once...
who knows how many tours they left in them , granted they're not going to sound like they did in '78 , but by all accounts they sounded just fine at that Cafe Wah show. Eddie's playing great right now.
 

AussieIan

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I have been to many concerts but have never gotten to see Van Halen live. I was looking at tickets for the show closest to me and seats on the floor were almost $400 for only 2 tickets.
There comes a time when you have to ask yourself if you are being played for a chump.

No $200 tickets for me.
 

tonegangster

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VH was my first concert in 1984 and they Ki*Ked A**!!!! After hearing the new material and seeing how they have let themselves go, and constantly fight, and touring without all the original members would be a complete buzzkill!!! I don't want to see Eddie's son play bass, I want to see Michael Anthony on the bass. Call me when the real Van Halen plays and I will be there!!!!!!
 

roadfilm

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Check out a lower level/Parquet seat, it might be cheaper and you'll see and hear the show better. On the floor it's hard to see over everyone being cool holding their cellphones in the air.
 

Madguitrst

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I wouldn't pay $400 to see Jesus Christ perform.

Well, okay.....maybe for Jesus Christ, but he BETTER put on a damn good show!
 

Josh O

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I saw them on the '07/'08 reunion tour. I hemmed and hawed about the ticket prices, finally broke down and bought one off eBay week before the show, face value but still $150ish, so glad I did. Wasn't the first time I'd seen VH but the first time with Roth and it was the best VH show I had ever seen.
 

SteveO

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I wouldn't pay $400 to see Jesus Christ perform.

Well, okay.....maybe for Jesus Christ, but he BETTER put on a damn good show!
He'd better be opening for The Beatles, and He'd have to have his Old Man kick in a favor on the George Harrison/John Lennon issue...
 

squeally dan

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Check out a lower level/Parquet seat, it might be cheaper and you'll see and hear the show better. On the floor it's hard to see over everyone being cool holding their cellphones in the air.
Thats actually what I would try to do. I like those seats on the side.
 

DF1

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Since you've never seen them, I'd say YES. Just find cheaper tickets than $200 each.
I had the good timing of having seen them with Roth seven times between 1978 and 1984.
Tickets were $7.50 back in 1978 and you could get as close as you could run when the doors opened.
 

SUBmariner

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too much. At least for me. I appreciate bands that try to keep tix prices at at least only an arm, rather than an arm-and-a-leg.
 

harpinon

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Just do it, but really look for cheaper tickets.
You'll get the big arena van Halen show you know you want to see.

I had the same experience with KISS. Always loved them, but never saw them until 2009.
Those guys won't be touring forever. I'll guess that old gripes will being this reunion to a screeching halt someday soon.

Just do it!
 

Hwoltage

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Lets see...

Van Halen and $10 a cup beer

or...

Decent local band (no cover), $2 a pitcher beer and an escort until morning.

I'll take the second option.
 

I-IV-V

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When I was in sixth grade, my buddy gave me a cassette of Van HalenII. It was the first time I had heard anything like that. It blew my mind and made me want to play guitar. I worshiped Eddie.
If you're that big of a fan, it seems like you would regret not going. Find a cheaper ticket. And the $200, is that scalper price or direct?
 




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