USA (New York), November 13, 2007 Review

artist: Van Halen date: 12/03/2007 category: live concerts

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Van Halen: USA (New York), November 13, 2007
On that crisp fall night, Van Halen was, if only for two hours, once again the greatest rock band in the world.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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USA (New York), November 13, 2007 Reviewed by: Guitarmaster94, on december 03, 2007
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Sound: It's all so unlikely, or is it? I'm talking about the fact that David Lee Roth, at 53, has a lustrous, full head of hair, a mind-bogglingly ripped physique and enough command over his voice to lead Van Halen through a truly incredible, triumphant return to New York's sold-out Madison Square Garden in the year 2007. This tour has been met with a healthy dose of cynicism by observers, and for obvious reasons. For one, Roth's many prior attempts to rejoin the group he quit in 1985 have met with disaster, and he was last seen singing bluegrass versions of Van Halen hits on "The Tonight Show." For another, beloved bassist Michael Anthony was unceremoniously booted from the band and replaced by Eddie Van Halen's 16-year-old son, Wolfgang. Eddie's stint in rehab earlier this year nearly scotched the tour in the first place, but here they all are anyway, rocking out with a power rarely seen among current acts. // 10

Perfomance: In New York, the show consistently teetered between ridiculous and ridiculously awesome, and was often some of each. Eddie Van Halen, bare-chested and in drawstring pants as if he was just sprung from prison, might not have been much to look at, but his playing was astounding. Any time his handiwork began to border on pure self-indulgence (the vaguely planetarium-esque noodling from "Cathedral," excerpted during his solo), he quickly shifted gears into displays of undeniable virtuosity (the fret-tapping evergreen "Eruption," cue devil horns). Roth was the consummate rock frontman, employing a full arsenal of hats, microphones wedged into the top of his tight pants and garish top coats to accent the belting out of classics like "Beautiful Girls," "Runnin' With The Devil" and "Hot For Teacher." Here is Van Halen's set list: 01. You Really Got Me 02. I'm The One 03. Runnin' With The Devil 04. Romeo Delight 05. Somebody Get Me A Doctor 06. Beautiful Girls 07. Dance The Night Away 08. Everybody Wants Some 09. So This Is Love? 10. Mean Street 11. Pretty Woman 12. Drum solo 13. Unchained 14. I'll Wait 15. And The Cradle Will Rock 16. Hot For Teacher 17. Little Dreamer 18. Little Guitars 19. Jamie's Cryin' 20. Ice Cream Man 21. Panama 22. Guitar solo 23. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love 24. 1984 -> Jump // 10

Overall Impression: November 13rd 2007, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden. There is nothing forgetable about Van Halen concerts! I'd say that it was worth the $160 that I have spent. The bottom line, and it ain't hyperbole: on this crisp fall night, Van Halen was, if only for two hours, once again the greatest rock band in the world. And that was the greatest surprise of all. // 10

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