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Van Halen touring with Sammy Hagar? U gotta be kidding!
donhonyc
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From: The Quiet EAST Village
Posted: 2004-03-31 10:23 pm   Permalink

Tikibud!

We were at the same show in '84 at the Sportatorium (a venue that will live in infamy). I think I remember seeing you there. Were you the one with the Tiki lighter?

Funny thing also, I saw my first concert ever in '79 at the West Palm Beach Auditorium. It was....get this....Molly Hatchett with special guests The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I'll never forget that one! Aside from the music, the big highlights of that night was my first exposure to a mass of people ALL smoking weed (wow, a room filled with pot smoke! Cool!), and the guy that puked on the back of my seat and stayed there passed-out for the ENTIRE show. I was just about to turn 13 and I thought that was SO cool. They don't make rock shows like that anymore I tell ya.


 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2004-04-01 11:47 am   Permalink

Van Halen ended with 'House Of Pain' in 1983...

 
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TikiBud
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From: West of Atl., Ga.
Posted: 2004-06-01 6:20 pm   Permalink

Does the new Van Hagar song suck or what. What a bunch of crap.

 
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donhonyc
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From: The Quiet EAST Village
Posted: 2004-06-01 8:08 pm   Permalink

They actually recorded a new song?? Jeez, when is Eddie going to come to his senses and make a solo album with a different band, and a couple of guest singers. A coupla instrumental tracks, a coupla tracks with a guest vocalist. And if he's smart he'll get Dave to do one of the tracks. C'mon Ed....get off the pipe and make some real music!

For some great VH images from back in the day check out
http://www.davidleeroth.com/

...guaranteed to satisfy.

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Doctor Z
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From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2004-06-01 8:43 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-06-01 20:08, donhonyc wrote:
They actually recorded a new song?? Jeez, when is Eddie going to come to his senses and make a solo album with a different band, and a couple of guest singers. A coupla instrumental tracks, a coupla tracks with a guest vocalist.



Back in the early 80's Eddie recorded an incredible album with Brian May of Queen called the "Star Fleet Project".

http://www.comcen.com.au/~dgiambru/star.htm

It was recorded in the studio almost on the spur-of-the moment (and the liner pix are great!) - side one was the theme to a TV show called 'Star Fleet', and another very Queen-like tune called 'Let Me Out', but side two is nothing but an extended instrumental improv blues jam called 'Blues Breaker' that simply has to be heard - two incredible guitarists just having fun, and it shows. I've got the album in storage, and I haul it out every so often (I don't think it's on CD yet).

I also have an incredible live Van Halen bootleg from the private concert they held for their friends when they got signed to Warner Bros. records back in 1977. (Pasasdena Civic, December '77 - listed in Hot Wax as "Moon Madness") The sound quality is amazing, and the 9-minute version of Eruption/D.O.A. leaves me speechless still, 27 years after it was recorded.

Also (now this really dates me) I saw Van Halen play a backyard party in Torrance, CA, in 1975 when they were still called Mammoth. As a 5th grader at the time, I was really into Aerosmith and Zeppelin, and couldn't quite comprehend what I was seeing, but it left an indelible mark in my psyche.

Oh, and Van Halen's 1981 "Fair Warning" tour was the first time I ever spent the night in line for tickets - man, talk about a party!! <sigh> Good times...
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2004-06-01 9:27 pm   Permalink

Z-

Great memories dude. Yes, I remember 'Star Fleet'. They played that cut on the radio all the time when it came out. My good friend had the EP but I don't ever remember giving the whole thing a good listen.

The one bootleg you mentioned I think I had on cassette and lost somewhere along the line. Is that the recording when before one of the tunes at the end Michael Anthony yells out something like 'Ted Templeman, this one's for you"?

I also had a cassette bootleg of VH at Anaheim Stadium probably 1979. Lost that one too. One of the bootlegs I managed to hold on to was given to me on one of my trips to L.A. a couple of years ago. A guy who lives in my friend's apartment complex had a party one night and he had all this memorabilia from growing up in the 70s. Actually he was a very cool guy who was really into collecting. He broke out a cassette copy of Van Halen live in 1976 at a place called Eros & Bogarts in San Bernadino. This is an amazing bootleg of the boys doing some originals and alot of covers including 'Superstition' by Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith 'Sweet Emotion', and Led Zeppelin 'The Rover' just to name a few. A really amazing recording. So this guy sees how taken aback I am by the whole thing, and just fuckin GIVES it to me. I actually have it on the desk now. Great person. I think he had a master copy of it stashed somewhere, so he could afford to give it up. Still...who the heck does that kinda thing for a total stranger?

Z! I can't beleive you saw those dudes playing like that before they got big. Awesome!


 
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SES
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Posted: 2004-06-02 08:46 am   Permalink

Had to look through my records to see what Van Halen I had and found two Van Halen(1978), Diver Down(1982) right next to my Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards.


 
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MachTiki
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2004-08-10 11:24 am   Permalink

I gotta speak up here. A week from today is the San Diego Van Halen show and I can't wait! I've seen them once with David and twice with Sammy - like them both for different reasons. The best of both worlds as they put it.

I grew up in the Bay Area and my best friend at the time was a MAJOR Sammy Hagar fan. We saw pretty much every show he did. Hell, we even cut school one day because we heard he was in Stockton filming his video for "I Can't Drive 55" (I know - geek alert)

Anyway, I LOVED Van Halen, until I heard the cover-ridden Diver Down. I thought they got whimpy with "Jump" - now this. When Diamond Dave was kicked out so he had more time to do more covers, I thought, "oh well, it was fun while it lasted". Then the rumours that Sammy was the new front man... Beautiful - two favorites in one!

I do admit that I liked the first two or three albums with Sammy, but then lost total interest after that. They just fell into that bland self-serving rut.

There was no point to this rant other than the fact that (I think) both men were great with Van Halen in different ways. It has been about 16 years since I've seen them, so my opinion may change about Sammy after next Tuesday... I'll let you know.

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