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Van Halen at Madison Square Garden: The Set List

David Lee Roth, Alex and Eddie Van Halen at MSG
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Sometimes, life will surprise you. Van Halen is currently on an extensive US tour with original and wildly iconic front man David Lee Roth back on vocals and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on Bass. As an aside, I’ve attended maybe half a dozen David Lee Roth solo shows in the past decade – thanks to a friend of mine having been employed as DLR’s long-time drummer prior to him joining Korn. Dave was always in top form: leaping in the air and roundhouse kicking invisible foes all while hitting those illusive high notes, including the signature, primal yelps he practically trademarked. Because of Roth’s self-evident skill, I easily convinced myself that seeing the DLR Band cover Van Halen songs was essentially the same as seeing Van Halen live. Yes, I just typed that.

Fast forward a couple of years. When I got tickets to the first of Van Halen’s two sold-out shows at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, I seriously wasn’t expecting much. Certainly, I was not considering the possibility of there being any real “wow” factor involved, as I am rock and roll curmudgeon who basically thinks sentimentality is for shit when it comes to a legendary band reuniting with “most of its original members” and blah blah blah. Plus, did you read any of Sammy Hagar’s Heavy-on-the-Eddie-Van-Halen-bashing biography? Yeesh, what hot mess he makes Eddie out to be. And yet, I agreed to get on board for the show, along with a couple of friends, if only for nostalgia’s sake and the promise of an excuse to leave my house on a weeknight. Plus, maybe they would do “Everybody Wants Some,” and that song is just insane.

Well, last night I had a true Come to Jesus moment when Van Halen took the stage for a nearly 2 hour aural assault and reminded me why they are the legends that they are, and why DLR is phoning it in without his on again off again band mates. Because without Eddie Van Halen’s incomparble guitar chops, without Alex the drummer god pounding out the heavy metal thunder and – most importantly – without the Van Halen family’s backing vocals and distinctive harmonies, Roth can’t possibly do a Van Halen song justice. Jesus god, what a great show.

If you weren’t inside Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, this is what you missed.

You Really Got Me
Running with the Devil
She’s The Woman
Romeo Delight
Tattoo
Everybody Wants Some (!!)
Somebody Get Me A Doctor
China Town
Hear About It Later
Oh, Pretty Woman
Drum Solo
Unchained
The Trouble With Never
Dance The Night Away
I’ll Wait
Hot For Teacher
Women in Love
Girls Gone Bad
Beautiful Girls
Ice Cream Man
Panama
Eruption (Guitar Solo)
Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love
Jump

Van Halen Tour Dates for 2012 are available at This Link. Get tickets while you can!

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Happy Birthday, David Lee Roth!

David Lee Roth 2012

Legendary rock vocalist, professional maverick and occasional Van Halen front man, David Lee Roth, was born on this day, October 10th in 1955. Happy Birthday, Dave!

Happy Birthday, Jim "Dandy" Mangrum!

Jim Dandy
“Jim Dandy to the Res-cue!”

Black Oak Arkansas vocalist and charismatic frontman, James “Jim Dandy” Mangrum was born on this day, March 30th, in 1948! Surely it is no secret to anyone who saw BOA in their prime back in the ’70s that David Lee Roth used Mangrum as the boilerplate for his own crotch-grabbing, libidinous fronting of Van Halen. Go Jim Dandy, Go!

Mighty Mike's Lennon / Van Halen Video Mash Up


Imagine A Jump

Mighty Mike is a YouTube user who isolates the instrumental tracks from one classic rock song and lays the vocals from another, equally iconic song on top. Here’s his truly remarkable mash up of John Lennon’s “Imagine” with David Lee Roth’s vocals from Van Halen’s “Jump” adding layers of depth you couldn’t have imagined. Nice work, Mike!

Gail In Print: Modern Drummer, September 2006

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Not Bobcat Goldthwaite

Dave Lombardo of Slayer is looking very much like comedian Bobcat Goldthwaite on the cover of the September 2006 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Inside, on page 150 and continuing for seven glorious, glossy pages you will find my current masterpiece: an in-depth interview with the extraordinary Ray Luzier.

Best known for his nine years as the drummer for wild man David Lee Roth, Ray’s touring and studio experience is as vast as his reputation as an expert a drum clinician is strong. Ray is currently rocking the world as part of LA’s latest Supegroup, Army of Anyone, which also features brothers Robert and Dean Deleo (ex-Stone Temple Pilots) and vocalist Richard Patrick from Filter. I’ve known Ray for years now and I can honestly say that this is not only the best showcase piece on Ray’s talents ever written, but it’s also among my best work for Modern Drummer. The article also features my side bar with studio legend, producer Bob Ezrin. Exciting!

This piece is not online and can only be found on newsstands when the September MD hits the stores in the first week of August. Please check it out.

“Drummers are the martial artists and fire jugglers of music and should be treated with respect.”

— Sir Millard Mulch