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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I Heard Ya Missed Us—We’re Back: Van Halen @ Key Arena

posted by on December 4 at 0:17 AM

Photos by Justin Renney

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An arena show is a wild, heaving, sweaty beast. There’s no way to tame it, but there is joy in letting it run.

Van Halen was good. Not great, but good.

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1

Was it better than Diamond Dave with the Atomic Punks at Bumbershoot a few years ago?

Posted by j-lon | December 4, 2007 1:40 AM
2

Eddie really needs to start wearing a shirt...

Posted by BillyBob | December 4, 2007 10:02 AM
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Best live spectacle since the mid-90s. You don't see big giant rock concerts like this anymore. The band's set was fucking amazing. They worked their nuts off on stage. 3rd row seats gave a great vantage point for the interaction between members. They were genuinely having a blast.

Posted by knuck | December 4, 2007 10:45 AM
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you could tell that wolfgang (in the third from the last picture) was having a blast. i bet it would have impossible to think of a more fun place for him to be (with the exception of the business end of a bag of cheetos).

Posted by cosby | December 4, 2007 11:01 AM
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We should expect no less than genius from a fucking DJ!

Don't you have a record to be stealing?

Posted by samthebutcher | December 4, 2007 12:48 PM
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Your right when you say this wasnt a great show.. but your wrong when you say it was good.. This show was FUCKING AWESOME!!!!
Right from the start the energy was at peak levels and went higher from there. I am hard pressed to think of a song they didnt do. One song after another with hardly a pause in between. And the best part of their set ,imho, was that spectacular drum solo. Having been to more than 100 concerts in my time I put this in my top 10.
And finally... not one Van Hagar song. What more could you possibly ask for. This was without a doubt the best concert of the year and well worth the $150 ticket price.

Posted by Chazz_Darby | December 4, 2007 1:00 PM
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songs they didnt play:

"drop dead legs"
"where have all the good times gone!"
"top jimmy"

100 concerts is pretty good, i guess. ive gone to three or four shows a week for the last several years, so i know im pretty jaded about this stuff. there was a point right after midway where my mind wandered. eddie took A LONGASS time to get to the good part of "eruption." there were a few moments--esp at the beginning--where they seemed to be a bit off the mark, musically. but youre right--the energy level was red-lined the whole time. it was a really good show, for sure, especially if you only go to a few shows a year, which is the case for most of the crowd there. they delivered just about everything you could want.

Posted by jz | December 4, 2007 1:08 PM
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Does Diamond David Lee Roth look like Neil Diamond now?

Posted by trent moorman | December 4, 2007 2:36 PM
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"it was a really good show, for sure, especially if you only go to a few shows a year, which is the case for most of the crowd there. they delivered just about everything you could want."

Hmm, damning with faint praise...

Posted by rk | December 4, 2007 4:48 PM
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i liked the poundcake tour w/ alice in chains better.

Posted by hagar fan | December 5, 2007 9:02 AM
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congratulations, hagar fan--youre the only one.

srsly though. really?

Posted by jz | December 5, 2007 11:08 AM

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