Friday, March 30, 2012

Van Halen @ Verizon Center March 28, 2012

Went to see Van Halen last night with my buddy Tony and his dad. We heard a bit of Kool and The Gang play, but did not watch. No setlist for them, but assuming they played their hits.

Shirts: cover of new album, some meh looking tour shirts, a cool pinup girl one, nothing really remarkable besides that particular one tho

There were a TON of people there. I'd not been to Verizon/MCI/whatever the hell it is called since WWE was still WWF and Stone Cold came back. A sea of constantly moving people (except by the merch and drink booths, those were packed) and so many people scalping tickets. We had some drinks and made our way up to the 205 section where our seats were.

The lights went down at about 9PM and they played until about 10:46PM. The band sounded GREAT, and it def was worth every penny. Some switch ups from the setlists I've seen posted, but pretty much the same. Dave (of course) flubbed the lyrics on more than a few songs, but his energetic antics, constant smile, and overall showmanship (jumps, kicks, splits, ridiculous gyrations) made up for it. Eddie and crew played flawlessly and were tight. Eddie himself was effortlessly making that guitar talk.

"I'll Wait" sounded extra good, I was surprised. Drum solo was zzz for me, I'd taken a piss break earlier mistakenly. "Blood and Fire" should have been swapped out for any other song. "Hang 'Em High" was a great addition

Before "Ice Cream Man" Dave was alone on the stage with an acoustic guitar and the screen (titantron?) showed footage of him and his dog... herding sheep. Apparently he does that on his off time, he was speaking about some sort of competition. So bizarre.


Van Halen Photos
Vna Halen Photos II

Setlist
  • Unchained
  • Running w/ The Devil
  • She's the woman
  • Full Bug
  • Tattoo
  • Everybody wants some
  • Somebody Get Me a Doctor
  • Chinatown (I took a Piss Break here)
  • Jamie's Crying
  • Pretty woman
  • Drum solo/ piss break
  • You really Got Me
  • Blood 'n fire
  • Dance the night away
  • I'll wait ( Dave forgot the words and said so)
  • Hot for Teacher
  • Women in love
  • Hang em high
  • Beautiful girls
  • Sheeps and Dog interlude (wtf)
  • Ice cream Man
  • Panama
  • Eddie solo (w/ Eruption,cathedral,etc.)
  • Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
  • Jump