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    9+ minute solo by Edward Van Halen proving why he is indisputably the greatest of all time— Martin Boulevard (@superstarsleeze) August 2, 2015

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    @prowresonly Dave hilarious spoken word shit Eddie 9+ minute solo needs to be heard live 2 hour exhibition of why Van Halen is the greatest— Martin Boulevard (@superstarsleeze) August 2, 2015

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    Boston!!! Ya'll killed it tonight. Thank you! #VanHalen A video posted by Wolf Van Halen (@wolfvanhalen) on Aug 1, 2015 at 8:37pm PDT

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    Pretty damn good review, I say....

    http://www.bostonherald.com/entertai...xfinity_center

    Last Best Show: Van Halen at the Xfinity Center
    Sunday, August 2, 2015
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    Jed Gottlieb

    If you were born during the Nixon administration and love loud, sustained booming, you probably lined up an epic summer: Rushs (maybe) last tour, Motley Crues (probably) last tour, the Def Leppard/Styx combo and AC/DC. But Eddie and Diamond Dave must to be brightest jewels in your epic summer crown.

    Oh yeah, Van Halen has worked tirelessly to destroy its fan base. Eddie and Alex Van Halen booted the beloved David Lee Roth out of the band then, after we spent a decade learning to accept replacement Sammy Hagar, the brothers booted him. Van Halen fans havent had it easy.

    But how can we stay mad at them if theyre not staying mad at each other? Last night at the Xfinity Center, Dave and three Van Halen family members -- Eddies kid Wolfie plays bass now -- showed the love. Love for their classic catalog, love for their fans, love for each other.

    OK, maybe, theyre just very, very, very good actors. Dave and Eds smiles looked wide and genuine. And theyre live show sounded better than it looked.

    Like any 37-year-old band, the guys rolled through rough patches during the two hour show. Piping in the keyboards on Ill Wait detracted from the these-four-guys-can-do-it-all vibe. Roth forgot the words to the nearly-never-played In a Simple Rhyme. Daves voice-- Well, lets talk about Daves voice.

    I specifically ignored the new live album because I wasnt interested in hearing what so many fans described as a sad, even pathetic performance because Roths voice has never been a draw for me. His cheek and moxie, his dumb, fun clown-prince-meets-sex-god persona, matters more than hitting the high notes. He acted as ringmaster, did a karate kick, changed jackets four times and rode the crowd through half a dozen singalongs. He did his job.

    Daves character and Eddies guitar, thats Van Halen. And Eds guitar remains a flawless force of nature. A good chunk of my career has been spent trying to describe Eddies guitar work. Listening to him make those noises during Everybody Wants Some!!, I realized his skills will forever outpace mine. But, I spent three to four years thinking Hot For Teacher contained the greatest guitar work ever put down on tape. Last nights performance of the tune convinced me I had some good insight in my prepubescent years.

    As deeply as I love Jimmy and Jerry, Trey and the Edge, I never want to hear them play solo for four minutes. But I love to have Eddie and one guitar take me through "Eruption" and Spanish Fly and Cathedral and loads more blended into a Gordian knot of jam.

    To the silly Eddie haters: It was never about the speed. OK, maybe in 1978 is was about the speed. But to me and so many others its about his tone and taste and swagger.

    The setlist blended obvious picks with deep rewards for the dedicated Dirty Moves, what? Drop Dead Legs, wow! Roth still looks and moves like Liberace and Baryshnikov stuffed the body of 22-year-old Navy Seal. Eddie still dominates the field. Wolfie and Alex still, well, they do whats needed of them.

    See this band now. History tells us this lineup won't last.

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    my daughter and I went to this show last night! It was epic. Dave looks INCREDIBLE!! You just don't see a body like THAT everyday.
    He owned the stage and the crowd. And his voice... wabi sabi, baby.
    Of course Ed was killer!

    I asked my daughter to be objective because we all know I can't be. LOL. And she thought it was all pretty sensational. Everyone in the crowd was having a blast and thats what it has always been about!
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    Great audio/video of the mostly-complete Boston show....


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    Man I LOVE how they come out with LUTS, fucking fantastic, can't wait....

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    Great-sounding crowd on that one too!

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    Is there some different, other-dimensional tour that some of the journalists are attending?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoFoolsAMinute View Post
    Is there some different, other-dimensional tour that some of the journalists are attending?
    They're phoning it in. They write some cock 'n bull story about Dave not being what he once was and all he does now is "mug" "change outfits" and "slide around", Ed and the family are great, and the Hagar fans show up to say boooo hisssss. Total bullshit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DLR Bridge View Post
    They're phoning it in. They write some cock 'n bull story about Dave not being what he once was and all he does now is "mug" "change outfits" and "slide around", Ed and the family are great, and the Hagar fans show up to say boooo hisssss. Total bullshit.
    Yup, here's another phone-in article for tomorrow night's show in London... Talking about the 4,000 horseshit....

    http://www.lfpress.com/2015/08/04/va...ance-billboard

    CONCERTS
    Van Halen tour hit by low attendance

    By James Reaney, The London Free Press
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 9:51:20 EDT PM

    U.S. rock icons Van Halen give the Western Fair Districts new outdoor concert facility at the racetrack its first big blast on Wednesday.

    Van Halens road to London has it in the same touring universe as rock giants like The Rolling Stones and The Who and fellow 1980s titans Def Leppard.

    Earlier this week, Van Halen was in the Cleveland area for a two-hour concert. Rock writers have been praising the band for set-list surprises to go with the mega-hits. Among the VH rarities are 1979s Light Up The Sky, which hasnt been played live in more than three decades. Making first-time landings on the way have been Drop Dead Legs from 1984 and Dirty Movies from Fair Warning.

    Van Halen has good reason to share such songs. Among the VH product in 2015 are remastered versions of Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down, Women And Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning.

    Also in evidence on the road to London have been extended guitar solos from Eddie Van Halen and drum excursions from his brother, Alex Van Halen. They are touring with Wolfgang Van Halen (Eddies son) on bass and frontman David Lee Roth.

    The concert comes in a summer when Billboard is reporting superstar Taylor Swift can pull in a capacity crowd of more than 115,000 fans at a New England NFL stadium, good for more than US$12.5 million at the box office.

    Billboard magazine reports Def Leppard is enjoying its best ticket counts in years, with figures of 12,000-plus in amphitheatres and several small-arena sellouts. Canadian rock icons Rush are grossing more than $1 million a show, the magazine says.

    Since this is the year of the declining Canadian dollar, the cost of artists for local promoters whether its at the WFDs racetrack or Rock The Park has an added hit.

    Back in the spring when the Van Halen concert was announced as the first in a partnership between concert promoters Live Nation and the fairgrounds operation, capacity at the site was estimated at 15,000 to 20,000 fans.

    Fast forward to July and Billboard had the Van Halen tour as a target for music biz speculation.

    Another tour on the receiving end of negative industry chatter: Van Halen, Billboard magazine says in a July report on summer tours. One source says that the Live Nation shed trek is suffering from some real bad counts as low as 4,000 out of the gate and another notes that the outing, which began July 5 in Seattle, is definitely one in trouble.

    Live Nation could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

    james.reaney@sunmedia.ca

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    Why does the crowd size matter? So what if they're 50-60% sold. It's nothing to be taken personally, on the bright side shorter beer lines during "I'll Wait" and the drum solo.
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