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The 1983 US Festival .... Van Halen

paintguy

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I was there and it sounded like they were playing drunk. The mix was terrible too. It was all guitar and it really didn't sound that good. I felt they were the worst of all the bands as some sounded great.
 

John(aka: Moby Dick)

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My very first concert was seeing these guys about a month before this performance at the US festival.

Early eighties...great memories
 

Toowoombaus

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I was there, right down front. They followed The Scorpions and everybody said the Scorps blew them away. They did.
Dave seemed much more drunk than he appears on the video.
 

bugzapper

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I doubt a band ever played a big stage with more swagger, swing, looseness, and tightness, all at the same time, as Van Halen did in the early 80s.

This is is about the last era that big concerts were good, at all. The screens were coming, and with them the "production values" and stagecraft that put the music second to a seamless show. This was not a seamless show. They extended jams, they took too long between some songs, they acted like doofuses who happened to be a killer band. But nothing ever distracted one from it being a band doing a show, not a show with a band.
 




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