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    I met a concert promoter last month who was dropping all kinds of name to impress our firm. He mentioned booking a big show in Florida this year and said Van Halen would be headlining. I asked for more details and that was all he had. He is prone to bs and exaggerate but I thought it was interesting that the Van Halen machine may be ramping up again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZahZoo View Post
    Our opinions are swayed by wading through so much muck and bullshit from the Van Halen Soap Opera™ that has been the narrative of these guy's legacy.

    If you were to step back from all that... The 2018 anniversary could present a simple business opportunity for all of the past/present band members. Put together a big show, cover the bases for all eras, limited performances in a few select big venues world-wide and some sort of big box set music/video product release. Something for all the fans and a final shot for the band and their legacy.

    Divide up 90% the proceeds evenly for the 5 original members... and give Wolf and Cherone, if included, the remainder. Keep it short... 2 months of prep & rehearsals. 2 months of shows in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia and maybe South America.
    That is really the essence of it: trying to wade through the reported (and who knows what the truth of that vs. the reality actually is) dynamics of the various personality fractures over the last 30 + years, and from all that divine future intentions. A parlor game that rarely results in an accurate prognostication for what eventually does transpire.

    I mean, Cherone leaves in 1999 and all one heard was how CVH were gonna play the 2000 Superbowl, then record a new album and tour. 4 years on, you get the shambolic 2004 Van Hagar undertaking. And who would of thought when that tour ended three years on you'd end up with Roth back in the band and Ed's kid playing bass? Shit, by the time 2006 rolled around, it looked more likely that Ed was going to drop dead at any moment than another attempt at a Roth reunion would be undertaken.

    Your 2018 scenario seems completely reasonable from a chronological and business standpoint.

    Ed has seemed fairly stable for the last 7 or so years. He's apparently not running on what Roth during the 1996 to 2006 period coined as "Unabomber logic." Van Halen has settled into a working oldies act, so your 2018 scenario could easily be physically accomplished. Everyone is still vertical.

    With that mix of egos (and I'm thinking more of Eddie, Roth, Hagar and Anthony), actually GETTING something like what you proposed DONE...I mean, I can't see why it COULDN'T be done...then again, I can't see why CVH couldn't have done more than they did in 1996...or 2001-2002...or 2006 to the present...

    Maybe getting all four of CVH together now just isn't something that is doable in terms of having everything align the way it needs to make it happen.

    Frankly, for me it doesn't even NEED to BE anything other than CVH. It never has been. I think it's kind of lame that input from Ed's kid or Sammy Hagar publicly brokering options is required to make something happen and get some movement out of the band. But, much like Wolfgang's participation from 2006 to the present, apparently these sort of things DO need to happen to induce activity.

    It just seems so weird to think that the original lineup was able to accomplish so much back in the day - without even apparently liking one another all that much at times - and they can't simply reunite and do a tour. Reuniting and touring the old material isn't some scenario that requires them to reinvent the wheel. They did all that heavy lifting 40 years ago. They don't even have to record any new music. The setlist would pretty much write itself. They hammer out a financial agreement, rehearse the old material, go out on the road as Van Halen (a full-on reunion tour would basically promote and book itself, even at this late date), then say sayonara.

    Honestly, how hard can that be? For a band that has gotten used to complicating the simple, apparently what they used to do so effortlessly has become an impossible climb.
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    Terry...you put more effort in one post than these fuckers in the band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLeeNatra View Post
    Terry...you put more effort in one post than these fuckers in the band.

    I mean, even more sad/pathetic/lame than the inability of CVH to reunite is the amount of time and thought I've given to the subject since 1996.

    Shit, when I was hitting my teens, Van Halen were fucking IT. Zeppelin were disbanded by the time I hit junior high. The Who were barely sputtering along. Lennon was dead. The Stones were entering a near-decade of not touring. Hendrix, Skynyrd, The Doors...all those guys were long fucking gone. Van Halen were MY band, you know? Not some legend I had to hear about from my older uncles. Or an act like Ozzy with Randy where I didn't get the chance to see them before Randy died. Or a makeupless/Crissless/Frehleyless KISS. Van Halen were (then) here and now, and tearing it up in arenas nationwide, releasing great music.

    Van Halen, for me, were always several cuts above the bands that zoomed in behind them. The Def Leppards, Quiet Riots, Motley Crues, Ratts, Dokkens...the only other bands active when CVH was that I liked nearly as much were Maiden, Dio, Priest.

    But Van Halen were...just...fucking...IT for me. And I only got a chance to see them with Dave once in 1984. Then Roth bails, Hagar steps in...it's just like, fuck me, you know?

    By the time early 1996 rolled around, CVH were just a memory to me. The likelihood of Roth even rejoining wasn't something I bothered to entertain for a moment, because those guys fucking hated each other, it had been more than a decade since they had played together...it was over, and nothing was going to bring it back. Christ, unlike three years earlier, by early 1996 Roth couldn't even get arrested. I recall seeing his Slamming Blues Mambo Vegas Revue (or whatever he called it) on the Tonight Show several months earlier, and my immediate thought was that Roth was finally totally washed up: if YFLM and the NYC pot bust were warning signs, that Tonight Show performance was the confirmation.

    Roth had gone off the deep end, and Van Hagar were still putting out Van Hagar music. A cheesy turn of events, but whatever. Life goes on, and by early 1996 Van Halen had been releasing Hagar-filled swill for so long I was immune to it. I didn't even bother listening to Balance: I couldn't even be bothered to try and sift through that album for the few decent instrumental passages I found on previous Sam Halen albums. I didn't give a shit anymore, nor was I interested in Dave attempting to be the 2nd Coming of Wayne Newton.

    Humans Being is released, and I must say I was fairly impressed with the tune. About as good as Van Halen with Hagar was going to get, and the instrumentation sounded like it had a bit of the old school fire to it. Then Hagar leaves. Then Roth is working with the band again. I gotta tell ya, I thought MWM and CGTSNM were really promising tracks. If Van Halen could have made a full-length album with songs of that quality with Dave in 1996 and then toured, THAT would have been pretty fuckin' suh-weet.

    And ever since that 1996 debacle, in the back of my mind has been the thought that CVH could still REALLY put it together in a meaningful way. Even after the Cherone album. Even after Eddie's cancer scare. Even after Dave's silly radio show and Van Strummin' album. Even after the 2004 tour debacle. Even after Anthony getting ejected for Eddie's teenaged kid. Even after Eddie's Smoking Loon/crystal meth binge which left him looking like the Crypt Keeper, and he was reduced to drunkenly wanking on his patented Trans Trem Sustainer Drop D whatever the fuck he was calling that days EVH signature guitar and making "soundtrack music" for lame porn flicks his head fluffer girlfriend was "production assistant" on.

    Through all of, even up through today, I'd still like to see CVH give it a go. Even though by now I barely give a shit (as you can tell from my constant flow of multi-paragraph comments on the subject), for me this band isn't finished properly until CVH take the stage again.

    Once THAT happens, THEN they have my permission to retire.

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    I'm 100% with you. Except for YFLM which I really like because of the Dave Extravaganza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLeeNatra View Post
    I'm 100% with you. Except for YFLM which I really like because of the Dave Extravaganza.

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    YFLM I came around to liking much later after it was released.

    Initially, I wasn't so keen on it. About half of the album I dug right off the bat. The other more experimental (in comparison to Roth's recorded output up to that point, anyway) half I was very lukewarm about at best at the time. When it was released, for me it was quickly forgettable, in no small part because Dave wasn't really touring in a big way to support it in terms of venue sizes: I can't even remember a tour announcement back in 1993 or any local promotions for it in my area. And it got zilch in terms of radio play.

    Honestly, it wasn't until about 5 years after it was released right around the time the DLR Band cd was released that I recall giving YFLM its due and giving it multiple spins to see if it would grow on me more than it had the first time around. In the end, the tracks I liked the most right off the bat still resonated with me the best (especially the first three tracks on the album, all vintage solo Roth far as I am concerned), but I could at least appreciate the other stylistic undertakings a bit more than I had for what they were instead of just focusing on what they weren't.

    YFLM comes across as something where Dave might have thought by the time 1992 rolled around that his traditional "big rock" niche certainly wasn't what was gripping the pop culture zeitgeist at that moment, and an album of start-to-finish hard rock tunes wasn't going to get much of a promotional push in the midst of the grunge explosion anyway regardless of the musical content. So what better time to mix it up a bit and maybe generate a buzz by working with Nile Rodgers and trying out some different styles. It was a gutsy decision in some ways, although an easy one in others, since had Roth merely put out another hard rock album and hit the spandex-clad arena tour circuit, the response would largely have been eye-rolling indifference at that point.

    YFLM and the Vegas stint a couple years later was Roth trying to find his place in the entertainment industry in a new era where rock stars of his stature a decade prior were no longer in vogue/in demand. He had to do something to shake things up, and it took gumption and fortitude to try something new and not merely lapse into nostalgic self-parody (that came later with the Sam and Dave tour).

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    Good series of comments Terry. One thing I'll always give Dave credit for is putting himself out there in different ways. The results have been very mixed, from good (DLR Band album), to ok (YFLM), to WTF (Vegas show, Backyard BBQ video, Dave's general late 90s early 2000s appearance), to yawn (radio show), but at least he was doing/trying stuff. The results weren't always there, but god bless for trying.

    Ed is the only reason Mike isn't in the band right now. It all flows from him, which is a shame because I think the timing is really good to bring Mike back in. Wolf drops his solo album in summer or fall, VH goes out on tour in '18 to celebrate the 40th of VH1 with Mike back in and Wolf opening the shows. Everybody wins- Ed gets to keep his kid around and CVH fans get the original lineup back together. But, this is VH we're talking about here, so the odds of that scenario playing out are probably zero. Seems like the closest we've gotten to a true reunion was whatever they did in the early 2000s "before the lawyers got involved". I've never heard an explanation for what that actually meant, but I always figured it was some combination of figuring out the publishing/royalty stuff and Dave wanting shit in writing so there wasn't a repeat of the '96 denial (Dave) and "baby steps"/duplicity (Van Halens) debacle. Throw in other unresolved shit and adios reunion.

    On an unrelated note, I recently dug back and listened to the bootlegs on YouTube from their '78 Euro tour- really fantastic stuff. Just young/hungry guys with something to prove out there dominating. I don't remember which show it was, but I was almost shocked by Ed's solo. Just the ferocity of it. It was some of the fastest playing I'd ever heard from him and it was just loud and aggressive all the way through. Bit of a far cry from the solo he does now, which has basically been the same thing for like 30+ years. There was also a great version of Voodoo Queen at one of the shows, so much that I thought to myself "And why exactly did that song not make the cut on the first couple of albums?". I envy the lucky bastards who got to see them before Dave left, but I really envy those who saw them up to/during the FW tour, which i think is the peak of their power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckjitsu View Post
    Good series of comments Terry. One thing I'll always give Dave credit for is putting himself out there in different ways. The results have been very mixed, from good (DLR Band album), to ok (YFLM), to WTF (Vegas show, Backyard BBQ video, Dave's general late 90s early 2000s appearance), to yawn (radio show), but at least he was doing/trying stuff. The results weren't always there, but god bless for trying.

    Ed is the only reason Mike isn't in the band right now. It all flows from him, which is a shame because I think the timing is really good to bring Mike back in. Wolf drops his solo album in summer or fall, VH goes out on tour in '18 to celebrate the 40th of VH1 with Mike back in and Wolf opening the shows. Everybody wins- Ed gets to keep his kid around and CVH fans get the original lineup back together. But, this is VH we're talking about here, so the odds of that scenario playing out are probably zero. Seems like the closest we've gotten to a true reunion was whatever they did in the early 2000s "before the lawyers got involved". I've never heard an explanation for what that actually meant, but I always figured it was some combination of figuring out the publishing/royalty stuff and Dave wanting shit in writing so there wasn't a repeat of the '96 denial (Dave) and "baby steps"/duplicity (Van Halens) debacle. Throw in other unresolved shit and adios reunion.

    On an unrelated note, I recently dug back and listened to the bootlegs on YouTube from their '78 Euro tour- really fantastic stuff. Just young/hungry guys with something to prove out there dominating. I don't remember which show it was, but I was almost shocked by Ed's solo. Just the ferocity of it. It was some of the fastest playing I'd ever heard from him and it was just loud and aggressive all the way through. Bit of a far cry from the solo he does now, which has basically been the same thing for like 30+ years. There was also a great version of Voodoo Queen at one of the shows, so much that I thought to myself "And why exactly did that song not make the cut on the first couple of albums?". I envy the lucky bastards who got to see them before Dave left, but I really envy those who saw them up to/during the FW tour, which i think is the peak of their power.
    Certainly Dave deserves credit for attempting to move his career forward, mixing things up stylistically and not being afraid of taking a chance. Regardless of my own take on the various results. I mean, I dug the BBQ Vid, myself. At the very least, Roth can say he gave other avenues a valid attempt over a sustained period of time before cashing out on a series of greatest hits tours with Van Halen. And I can't really criticize what he has been doing with Van Halen for the last ten years from the standpoint of imagining it must have been more than a bit humbling for him to return to the boards in the late 1990s opening for acts like Bad Company, then teaming up with Hagar and eventually working much smaller venues than he did when his career was at its apex in commercial terms: would you want to wind down your career playing for 10,000 + fronting Van Halen, or be a solo act stuck in the middle of a multi-band bill at a State Fair? Even if the State Fairs pay well, I'd have to imagine there's an emotional component there from a performer's perspective.

    I'd tend to agree Ed is the primary reason Mike isn't with the band anymore. Who knows what the fuck CVH were really doing in the early 2000s and why THAT reunion didn't go forward? After what happened in 1996, I can't say I would have blamed Dave for wanting a signed contractual agreement before undertaking anything with the Van Halens beyond mere rehearsal/demo recording stages. And yes, it WOULD make perfect sense for the original/CVH lineup to do something next year to mark the 40th year of the first Van Halen album released. There's really no reason it couldn't happen, although as you mentioned this is Van Halen we're talking about here, so equally there's really no reason to think it actually will happen. Myself...the band has already strayed into that Rolling Stones territory: the crucial parts of their back catalog remain timeless for me, but I have virtually no interest in seeing them perform anymore. Put another way, unless the CVH lineup is touring, I probably will never see them perform again. The interest just isn't there for me. Even if the current lineup announces their next tour will be their last. Okay, so be it. If CVH tours, I'll try to make a show. THAT would be kind of neat to see, but the older the members get, the more my interest in even seeing THAT wanes.

    Yeah, that band WERE fucking FEROCIOUS those first 4 tours. You can hear it and feel it even when listened to in bootleg form. I'm glad I got to catch them once with that last tour w/Dave in 1984, and that was a pretty spectacular show at the time but slightly more so for the spectacle of it than the actual performances. I really envy those who saw them up to/including the FW tour, too! For me, that band and that lineup was really the last of the larger-than-life rock bands far as I'm concerned. The acts that came out in their wake - especially the Los Angeles bands - always seemed smaller in comparison. Sort of semi-pretenders, in that none of them were as good overall. There was always some component(s) lacking. Either the level of musicianship wasn't there, or the songs themselves didn't measure up, or the live performances weren't as good (never mind better) as the recordings were. Maybe G n R with Appetite had the beginnings of something that could have measured up over time, but they really didn't in the end. They flamed out too quickly. It has more to do with just mere album sales. If that were the sole case, by rights I should be putting Def Leppard and Bon Jovi up there with CVH, and that most definitely is NOT the case.
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    I honestly thought once he wasnt busy with van we would have been flooded with "fake plastic seats" type songs. At least it would mean he wasnt deeeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vandeleur View Post
    I honestly thought once he wasnt busy with van we would have been flooded with "fake plastic seats" type songs. At least it would mean he wasnt deeeed.
    More likely holed up in a Tokyo hotel room with an Asian man-servant...

    ...or isolated in the hills of Wyoming, wandering around with a sheepdog or two...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    I mean, even more sad/pathetic/lame than the inability of CVH to reunite is the amount of time and thought I've given to the subject since 1996.

    Shit, when I was hitting my teens, Van Halen were fucking IT. Zeppelin were disbanded by the time I hit junior high. The Who were barely sputtering along. Lennon was dead. The Stones were entering a near-decade of not touring. Hendrix, Skynyrd, The Doors...all those guys were long fucking gone. Van Halen were MY band, you know? Not some legend I had to hear about from my older uncles. Or an act like Ozzy with Randy where I didn't get the chance to see them before Randy died. Or a makeupless/Crissless/Frehleyless KISS. Van Halen were (then) here and now, and tearing it up in arenas nationwide, releasing great music.

    Van Halen, for me, were always several cuts above the bands that zoomed in behind them. The Def Leppards, Quiet Riots, Motley Crues, Ratts, Dokkens...the only other bands active when CVH was that I liked nearly as much were Maiden, Dio, Priest.

    But Van Halen were...just...fucking...IT for me. And I only got a chance to see them with Dave once in 1984. Then Roth bails, Hagar steps in...it's just like, fuck me, you know?

    By the time early 1996 rolled around, CVH were just a memory to me. The likelihood of Roth even rejoining wasn't something I bothered to entertain for a moment, because those guys fucking hated each other, it had been more than a decade since they had played together...it was over, and nothing was going to bring it back. Christ, unlike three years earlier, by early 1996 Roth couldn't even get arrested. I recall seeing his Slamming Blues Mambo Vegas Revue (or whatever he called it) on the Tonight Show several months earlier, and my immediate thought was that Roth was finally totally washed up: if YFLM and the NYC pot bust were warning signs, that Tonight Show performance was the confirmation.

    Roth had gone off the deep end, and Van Hagar were still putting out Van Hagar music. A cheesy turn of events, but whatever. Life goes on, and by early 1996 Van Halen had been releasing Hagar-filled swill for so long I was immune to it. I didn't even bother listening to Balance: I couldn't even be bothered to try and sift through that album for the few decent instrumental passages I found on previous Sam Halen albums. I didn't give a shit anymore, nor was I interested in Dave attempting to be the 2nd Coming of Wayne Newton.

    Humans Being is released, and I must say I was fairly impressed with the tune. About as good as Van Halen with Hagar was going to get, and the instrumentation sounded like it had a bit of the old school fire to it. Then Hagar leaves. Then Roth is working with the band again. I gotta tell ya, I thought MWM and CGTSNM were really promising tracks. If Van Halen could have made a full-length album with songs of that quality with Dave in 1996 and then toured, THAT would have been pretty fuckin' suh-weet.

    And ever since that 1996 debacle, in the back of my mind has been the thought that CVH could still REALLY put it together in a meaningful way. Even after the Cherone album. Even after Eddie's cancer scare. Even after Dave's silly radio show and Van Strummin' album. Even after the 2004 tour debacle. Even after Anthony getting ejected for Eddie's teenaged kid. Even after Eddie's Smoking Loon/crystal meth binge which left him looking like the Crypt Keeper, and he was reduced to drunkenly wanking on his patented Trans Trem Sustainer Drop D whatever the fuck he was calling that days EVH signature guitar and making "soundtrack music" for lame porn flicks his head fluffer girlfriend was "production assistant" on.

    Through all of, even up through today, I'd still like to see CVH give it a go. Even though by now I barely give a shit (as you can tell from my constant flow of multi-paragraph comments on the subject), for me this band isn't finished properly until CVH take the stage again.

    Once THAT happens, THEN they have my permission to retire.
    Wasted years ! 96-06. Like you said hard to believe the output of the band in the early years to what came after Hag was gone. Well the huge mistake that was V.H.3 than nothing. Unreal really looking back. Dave got rolling again in 99 and sounded pretty decent vocally up through 08 so for me it pisses me off even more they didn't reconvene in 96. I think Ed was just going off the deep end. Cancer scares. Drinking, whatever else was going on. Sounds like they tried again in 2000. I'd like to know why that really failed more than anything. The 96 disaster has been documented. It is what it is. Wasted time. Just think of an 07/08 Dave with A 12/15 Eddie on stage and Mike doing his thing were he SHOULD be. How great would that sound almost 40 years later ? I'd think they might be unstoppable........sad in many ways. I'd buy a new album if it's good,and certainly any vault stuff, but I'll pass on any new tour with Dave half assing it. And I like Wolf but without Mike at this point..........just not much interest without a full reunion.
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    Wasted years ! 96-06. Like you said hard to believe the output of the band in the early years to what came after Hag was gone. Well the huge mistake that was V.H.3 than nothing. Unreal really looking back. Dave got rolling again in 99 and sounded pretty decent vocally up through 08 so for me it pisses me off even more they didn't reconvene in 96. I think Ed was just going off the deep end. Cancer scares. Drinking, whatever else was going on. Sounds like they tried again in 2000. I'd like to know why that really failed more than anything. The 96 disaster has been documented. It is what it is. Wasted time. Just think of an 07/08 Dave with A 12/15 Eddie on stage and Mike doing his thing were he SHOULD be. How great would that sound almost 40 years later ? I'd think they might be unstoppable........sad in many ways. I'd buy a new album if it's good,and certainly any vault stuff, but I'll pass on any new tour with Dave half assing it. And I like Wolf but without Mike at this point..........just not much interest without a full reunion.

    Eddie did it.

    After he punted Hagar out in 1996, Eddie finally took 100% control of the band, with nobody else to have to compromise with. Within 5 years, he found himself without a record label. The rest of us got Van Halen III for our troubles. Ed just went over the deep end. I mean, supposedly he was sober during the whole 1996 biz and the Cherone tenure, and look at the decisions he made: sober OR straight, clearly Eddie has several screws loose. A genius at rock guitar didn't translate into a genius at much of anything else. His production skills on a sound-level suck, and his songwriting instincts unrefined by a strong songwriting foil/producer are barely listenable. After Van Halen III cratered, Ed's marriage was slowly unwinding, he had no record contract, he had his medical issues...he just stopped giving a fuck. By the time 2004 rolled around, he couldn't even play as well as he used to.

    Dave made a concerted effort to rebuild his career after 1996. The apex of that was the 2007/2008 tour: THAT would have been a decent swan song to end on. Had Eddie been able to play better (as you said, at the level he was playing in 2012) and Mike had been aboard, even at that late 2007/2008 date the results would have been good far as an oldies reunion tour went. Would have been a high note to go out on.

    I mean, in the last 20 years we've gotten 2 full-length studio albums, a Greatest Hits album and a live album from a 2013 tour date nobody was particularly asking for in terms of an official release. That frequency of output is pretty pathetic. At this point, I honestly wonder why they even bother other than it being just a revenue source and the lack of ability to try anything other than what is a predictable modus operandi for an aging rock band. It's that path of least resistance mentality, which is producing some underwhelming results, more so the longer they stick around.

    God bless 'em, but another Van Halen tour with the 2007-2015 lineup just doesn't do anything for me, even just the idea of it. Like you, I have virtually no interest short of a CVH reunion. Release some vault stuff, I'll buy it. Release a new album of original material with Dave, I'll certainly be interested to hear what they come up with.
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    Terry, I will give you credit where credit is due. You almost...ALMOST...pulled a VH rant out of me...and there may yet still be one...but I feel like I've wasted too much fucking time on this band and brand already.

    I often think of what VH was...and I was just coming into my rock and roll blood at the same time Van Halen was taking over the world. And that's what they were doing...taking over the world.

    I started with Kiss Alive...Kiss Alive II...then AC/DC Let There Be Rock, Powerade, Highway to Hell and Back in Black...and Queen...News of the World and The Game...man...The Game with Another One Bites the Dust.

    But sitting in an arcade in 1981, I found a back on the floor while waiting to play Galaga. I didn't even think fucking twice about it until I got home...and boom...Van Halen 1, Live, in front of my naked steaming eyes...

    FUCKING HUGE....

    Not sure about my point here...and I'm glad as fuck I haven't been around for all this 2017 bullshit...because that's all it really is...bullshit at this point. So much fucking wasted time, and I'm still left with the 6 most beautiful albums there are...and a seventh that I love more than I likely should.

    Man...all that fucking time wasted...because of fucking egos that drugs and booze couldn't even cure...

    Fuck...
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    Quote Originally Posted by POJO_Risin View Post
    Terry, I will give you credit where credit is due. You almost...ALMOST...pulled a VH rant out of me...and there may yet still be one...but I feel like I've wasted too much fucking time on this band and brand already.

    I often think of what VH was...and I was just coming into my rock and roll blood at the same time Van Halen was taking over the world. And that's what they were doing...taking over the world.

    I started with Kiss Alive...Kiss Alive II...then AC/DC Let There Be Rock, Powerade, Highway to Hell and Back in Black...and Queen...News of the World and The Game...man...The Game with Another One Bites the Dust.

    But sitting in an arcade in 1981, I found a back on the floor while waiting to play Galaga. I didn't even think fucking twice about it until I got home...and boom...Van Halen 1, Live, in front of my naked steaming eyes...

    FUCKING HUGE....

    Not sure about my point here...and I'm glad as fuck I haven't been around for all this 2017 bullshit...because that's all it really is...bullshit at this point. So much fucking wasted time, and I'm still left with the 6 most beautiful albums there are...and a seventh that I love more than I likely should.

    Man...all that fucking time wasted...because of fucking egos that drugs and booze couldn't even cure...

    Fuck...
    Kiss Alive, Kiss Alive 2, News Of The World, The Game...Galaga, for fuck's sake (personal best = 1 million + points on one quarter...Galaxian, not so good)...I mean, these were all my initiation points into rock and roll in the mid-to-late 1970s courtesy of my older cousin at an age when I was barely thinking about girls, for fuck's sake!

    Van Halen was a band I found out about in the very early 1980s, from the older sister of a friend of mine. They had a pool, so I'd go over there and hang out. The sister was 18 and was...so fine. Natural blonde, feathered hair, about 5' 3" or so, sort of looked like the blonde sister from that tv show Too Close For Comfort. Lovely boobs. Used to lounge beside the pool and suntan while we dicked around in the pool. She must have caught me looking at her ten zillion times, and would smile at me every time. Never said anything about it, but she knew where my mind was at. She used to play WACF constantly on her boom box while sunbathing. I mean, within a year of that the then CVH 4-pack was permanently burned into my cerebral cortex, with Diver Down and 1984 still yet to come.

    By the time I got to concert-going age a few years after that WACF encounter, Van Halen were it. Queen wasn't touring America anymore. KISS had taken off the makeup and Criss and Frehley were gone. After Roth split and Van Halen for all intents and purposes was over, what was I supposed to do far as American hard rock was concerned? Settle for Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ratt, Dokken and Bon Jovi? They were all at best 2nd rate to Van Halen when Roth was still in the band, and didn't get any better after 1985. Shit, VAN HALEN was 2nd rate to Van Halen after Roth left the band!

    And..uh...yeah. Classic Van Halen could have put it all back together in 1996...or at any point between then and now. And they didn't. Ego-driven control issues, years of hard feelings and fallouts. That's all it boiled down to. And it's fucking sad, man. Sad that a band who churned out 6 brilliant records in 6 years slowly yet steadily devolved into what is transpiring under the band name today. Perhaps sad more to those of us who were around when they were the kings of the hill and still have memories of the glory days. I mean, fuck, when I see where they're at now...it's just a constant SMH response. Especially when I think how difficult it was and how many obstacles they had to overcome since 1996 just to get to their meager state today. Fall 2006, I wouldn't have bet money that the band would have even been able to reunite with Dave for so much as a one-off: Eddie looked more than half-dead and washed up.

    That their hurdles since 1995 have been entirely self-induced makes the 'accomplishment' of their continued existence a dubious one, at best.

    Fuck, indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by POJO_Risin View Post

    I started with Kiss Alive...Kiss Alive II...then AC/DC Let There Be Rock, Powerade, Highway to Hell and Back in Black...and Queen...News of the World and The Game...man...The Game with Another One Bites the Dust.
    Funny...almost exactly my musical path...but to me there was (and still is) the King before I got into KISS.

    First concert was Queen in 1982. Stopped "discovering" new bands for me after I got into the Roth thing (for me it was always Dave no matter which band he fronted)

    Now as I am sick and tired of that soap opera I find myself back in the Queen stuff, a lot of blues material and the Stones.

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    Good stuff going down the musical memory lanes!

    For me, I have an older sister who was in high school in the early 80s and she hung out with the "rocker" crowd, so I have very clear memories of what she and her friends listened to at that time and what vinyl(!) was laying around. BOC's Fire of Unknown Origin got a ton of play. Ton of Judas Priest with British Steel, Point of Entry and Screaming for Vengeance getting the big play. A lot of Cheap Trick, Dream Police and Live at Budokan. The Billy Squier albums from that era. Scorpions were huge during that era too. My sister played the hell out of the Blackout album (I loved that album cover for some reason) and I remember Animal Magnetism being around as well. I know her friends were in to Ozzy to a degree (Blizzard of Oz, etc.), but she really didn't listen to a lot of that. Not really much KISS from what I remember. I was only like 10,11,12 during that era, but the music from that era had a big impact on me growing up. I loved that shit and still do even though I don't listen to it much anymore. As for VH, I clearly remember the VHI and II albums being around because I remember looking at the albums and sleeves inside.

    As I got older, say Junior High, my circle of friends was listening to stuff like Ratt (Out of the Cellar was huge), VH (1984 was huge), Dio (Holy Diver was big), Dokken, Crue (Shout at the Devil, naturally), etc. Good times and good music!

    Edit: Almost forgot- Foreigner 4 was big with my sister and her friends. As was whatever the Queen album with Another One Bites the Dust because she must've played that song 1000 times.
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