| Ladies and gentlemen,
hobos and tramps, Cross-eyed mosquitoes and bowlegged ants it is
time for the fight of the century. Fighting out of the blue corner,
wearing the purple and black spandex, one of the greatest frontmen
in the history of Rock music, please welcome Diamond David Leeeeeee
Roth. And his opponent fighting out of the red corner, wearing the
yellow jam shorts and hawaiin shirt, the Red Rocker, Saaammmmyyy
So its time for round one, Diamond David Lee Roth.
Having seen DLR for the first time last November, I had an idea
what to expect. A couple "cheesy" kicks, a hit-or-miss
voice using the same lines that I hear on the old school Van Halen
bootlegs and a lot of spandex
strike that, a plethora of
spandex. Well I was right on some accounts but wrong on others.
The drums signal the start of the show as DLR walks
in with "Hot for Teacher" roaring behind him. I aint
gonna lie, the place went fucking nuts. Sticking mostly to a set
of his classic Van Halen era songs, DLR really cannot go wrong.
Unless his voice was truly awful, you cannot ruin those amazing
"Panama," "Dance the Night Away,"
"Runnin' with the Devil," and "I'm the One"
had mostly everyone on their feet and going crazy. Then a snag,
the guitar solo of Brian Young. While an unbelievable guitar display
it was, it just started off wrong with the same intro the Van
Halen boys gave to "Eruption." That was the first taste
of the boo birds during the night. And no, I know it wasn't "Eruption"
but still just left a bad taste in my mouth. Young is a killer
guitar player and the "Eruption"-style intro was just
unnecessary. It over shadowed Young's solo, at least for me. That
bad taste was gone with the transition into "You Really Got
Me." By the middle of the set, it seemed that DLR was maintaining
his voice and not losing a beat, like I think he did when I saw
him in November. DLR sounded great tonight.
Surprisingly, the first time DLR really talked
to the crowd was before "So This is Love." With a great
story about how he was the one who would go to all the big shows
and flyer cars to get people to come see Van Halen, leading right
into the night he went and saw a Bob Marley show and said to himself,
"Someday I am gonna smoke a fatty that big." And I am
sure I ruined that quote but no way can I top DLR's delivery on
it. The crowd was eating it up.
As the set went on though, the intensity died on
the lawn area. People began to sit down, most likely from the
heat, but some seemed like they had had enough of the Diamond
one. But with a set list full of classics, everyone was back on
their feet for the closers of "Ice Cream Man," "Everybody
Wants Some," and "Ain't Talkin Bout Love." With
the crowd at a fever pitch, DLR came back on the stage for his
last number of the night, "Jump" which included his
split from the drum riser.
After a 10/15-minute video played highlights of
his career, the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar came up for his turn to
rock the crowd. Opening with "Shaka Dooby," the crowd
seemed a little unsure until Sammy ripped into "Runaround."
The Red Rocker kept up the energy with a mix of old and new with
"3 Lock Box," "One Way to Rock," and "Top
of the World." With the heat starting to get to him, it was
time once again for Sammy to get a drink. With one quick yell,
a scantly clad waitress walked out to bring him a fresh Waborita.
Easily one of the best parts of the show
this chick was slammin'.
Can you tell I am a 23 year old guy er what?
Hagar was not above taking some pot shots at DLR
though. During "Finish What you Started," Sammy borrowed
some of DLR's famous lines
.Reach Down / Between My Legs
/ Ease the Seat Back. This got the same reaction as the Brian
Young solo. Some fans liked it, some did not. Like a flash though,
Hagar was wrapping up the show with "Mas Tequila." Sammy
showed his true Van Halen colors though with an encore of "When
its Love" and "Dreams," both of which sounded awesome.
T to go with that A
The easy winners of the show were the fans. Philadelphia
has always been a huge Van Halen town and the crowd was juiced
to hear the music again. The crowd was easily split. How can you
go wrong with a show highlighting true rock history? Spanning
more than 25 years, these two legends brought the house down.
My personal vote goes to the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar in what was
a surprisingly close match. This show just fuckin' rocked. I heard
a fan put it best as we were walking out. David Lee
Roth was entertaining as hell and sounded great, but
Sammy flat out rocked. There were only two things missing from the
.well I guess four things missing. The first would be
some kind of duet or Sam & Dave sharing the stage, but we know
that will never happen. The other three things missing were Ed,
Al, and Mike. Sammy throws one hell of a party and DLR fronts the
greatest Van Halen tribute band in the world but nothing can top
the original, the mighty Van Halen
1. Hot for Teacher
3. Cradle Will Rock
4. Mean Streets
5. Dance the Night Away
6. Runnin with the Devil
7. I'm the One
8. You Really Got Me
9. Beautiful Girls
10. So This Is Love
11. On Fire
12. Little Dreamer
14. Yankee Rose
15. Ice Cream Man
16. Everybody Wants Some
17. Aint Talkin Bout Love
1. Shaka Dooby
3. 3 Lock Box
4. One Way to Rock
5. Top of the World
6. Right Now
7. Best of Both Worlds
8. Why Can't This Be Love
9. Finish What You Started
10. Eagles Fly
11. I Can't Drive 55
12. Heavy Metal
13. Mas Tequila
14. When its Love