Roth-led Van Halen to perform Oct. 10 in Cleveland

I'm sure you've heard the news that Van Halen is sort of reuniting. I say sort of because bassist Michael Anthony hasn't been invited along for the ride. The riders consist of original vocalist David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, who just happens to be Eddie's son.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

I'm sure you've heard the news that Van Halen is sort of reuniting. I say sort of because bassist Michael Anthony hasn't been invited along for the ride.

The riders consist of original vocalist David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, who just happens to be Eddie's son.

I attended a Van Halen show in 1995, when Sammy Hagar was the lead singer, and I remember Wolfgang running around the stage with ear muffs on as a toddler.

Van Halen makes a stop at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Oct. 10. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

I'm sorry to say, but I'm not too excited about this Van Halen reunion. I'm actually one of the fans that likes Sammy Hagar better, though I really need to clarify that.

I really like the "5150" CD, which was Hagar's first with Van Halen, released in 1986. It contained winning tracks like 'Best of Both Worlds," "Love Walks In," "Summer Nights" and "Why Can't This Be Love?"

I don't care much for the other albums with Hagar and don't have much use for any of the albums with Roth.

What, you wonder, how can I say that?

I know Van Halen has recorded classics like "Jump," "Panama," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Jamie's Cryin'" and those songs are OK. I just don't feel any compulsion to seek out these songs and listen to them. I don't enjoy Roth's vocal style and am frankly sick of the Eddie Van Halen "guitar hero" thing. I'm not 13 anymore.

Van Halen's 1980 album "Women and Children First" is one of the worst CDs I've ever listened to. Glad I got rid of that one before it spread.

In other news, Porcupine Tree is set to release an EP on Sept. 25. These four tracks, totaling about 30 minutes, are tracks recorded during the "Fear of a Blank Planet" sessions. Don't forget Porcupine Tree is playing the House of Blues in Cleveland on Oct. 22.

In business very important to me, I'm heading to Clarkston, Mich. on Tuesday for the DTE Energy Music Theatre and the Rush concert. Then two days later, on Aug. 30, Rush will play Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. I'm considering the Rush show Sept. 2 in Columbus as well. Hey, you never know when or if they will tour again.

Comments

JEF (Anonymous)

I totally disagree with you. In the old MTV and vinyl days D.L. Roth was the flamboyant frontman for a hardworking and often innovative R&R group. Did ya notice that the "hits" seemed to dry up after Roth's departure/firing? To me, Hagar with VH was like Sabbath sans Ozzie and being fronted by Dio - doesn't work.

Minor (Anonymous)

I disegree, with parts of it. I have been waiting since 5150 came out to get to finally see VAN HALEN. I know Mike is out and that may hurt the harmony and backing vocals but I wanna see and hear it for myself. As for Sammy I too liked 5150, OU812,F.U.... well you know, Balance. Granted the really good songs seemed to become fewer and fewer as the cd's came out, but they were still good. Hell, I even liked some of Sammy's solo cd Eddie played bass on. I'm A Fan! I wish they would do like Yes did on the Union tour where I think EVERYBODY toured! However, not likeley. Roth is great but he's a grade A jerk. I saw him twice on the Skyscarper tour with Steve Vai and it was great. A little bummed Billy Sheenan wasn't touring though.Then I saw him on the Little Ain't Enogh Tour. Terrible!!!!!!!! I didn't even know what the hell the first song of the show was until 1/2 way through it.(REALLY GOT ME) Dave was too busy running around getting out of breath to sing most of the words to all the songs! After that I swore I would never see him again unless he was back with VH.(seemed safe).

But I gave in a few years ago and couldn't resist when Roth and Hagar toured together. You know, I think Dave must have realized he sucked anymore and wanted to show Eddie and Al he could play nice and could sound good agian. He did it right. Got the guitarist from the Atomic Punks, the #1 VH cover band, and cleaned up his pipes,almost like he treated every night like an audition for VH. He was as good as I ever imagined he could be. Finally I had seen the closest to VH I will ever see. He played just one of his solo songs, the rest VH. Songs I never thought I'd hear!!!!!!
I haven't forgotten Sammy, his last two cd's I've really liked. The other two or three? They each had one or two decent tracks on them. I saw Sammy three times with VH the first time,MONSTERS OF ROCK, with Dokken, Kingdome Come, Scorpions, And METALLICA!!!!!!!!! It was an experience, an awsome one! Summer of the real drought, 120 degrees on the floor, $25.00 GA tckets, come on! The next Time was aslo in 1995 at Gund. It was OK not great. Colective soul wasn't bad either. Last,I saw the other reunion tour with Sammy. Just as I expected, It was enjoyable. Also I loved Live Without A Net, VHS and now DVD. On one thing I have to say about Sammy is he sings the songs well and you always can ID the song he is singing. When it comes to singing Roth's suff though.....he should just not.

On the guitarist note.....Scott, have you ever heard of Jason Becker? WOW, what a story. I have two of his four cd's. I won't go on about him,right now, just wondered.

AND I'm not 13 anymore either,but isn't that one of the fun things about music? Hearing a song that can take you right back to a different time and place, if only for about 3:44!