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Van Halen with David Lee Roth
American Airlines Center (AAC)
Dallas, Texas
1/26/2008
8:00 PM
 

Concert Review
by Paul Ridenour

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. Atomic Punk
09. Everybody Wants Some
10. So This Is Love?
11. Mean Street
12. Pretty Woman
13. Drum Solo
14. Unchained
15. I'll Wait
16. And the Cradle Will Rock
17. Hot for Teacher
18. Little Dreamer
19. Little Guitars
20. Jamie's Cryin'
21. Ice Cream Man
22. Panama
23. Guitar Solo
24. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

ENCORE:

25. 1984
26. Jump
 

Concert Review by Ed Brown

My daughter, my dear friend Paul and I went to the recent Van Halen show on January 26th. It was Eddies 53rd birthday and yes we sang to him. Yes, it seemed ironic to spend $164 to see them sing and to have to sing ourselves. Having seen the boys in their prime back in the day I knew what to expect along with what not to expect. These guys are not 23 anymore (even Wolfie who is only 16) so the gymnastics you got when they were younger were not as evident as in the past. David Lee Roth's voice was not the same and he was more like a circus ringmaster than a guy oozing sex appeal as he used to. His voice was good not great, and he still worked in the scissor kicks occasionally.
 
Having seen Van Hagar 3 years ago I knew the music would be top notch and I was not disappointed. Eddie Van Halen, despite all he has gone through can still rock your world. (Paul thought I would say kick your a** but I didn't )  I thought Eddie was even better this time than last.  What can you say about Alex that has not been said before. Two words come to mind, John Bonham. The guy has not lost a thing over the years.
 
The set list printed on the review somewhere totally rocked. Hearing Atomic PunkIce Cream Man and one of my favorites Hot for Teacher just made the whole night worthwhile. A lot of their songs have been forgotten by radio so it was great to hear them again. Yes, it a little weird to see a 50 something guy singing about wanting his teacher but what the hell. It was a great show and I would do it all over again and might do so when they come back in March. I just hope it isn't Dave's birthday.  
 
Suggestion to Dave... bring in a decent opening act!!! Who ever that was who spared us to death with the Reggae sucked!!!  Not only did it suck but it was way too loud. I stayed for one song and went looking for a bar. The crowd at show like this is always interesting. 40 something guys and 40 something women who have no business dressing like total prostitutes but do anyway. You have had your day girls. Leave that to the next generation.
 
It was a great show and a great time as Dave held court and Eddie totally rocked. If they make it to your town, don't miss it.