This show was part of the Heavyweight Champs of Rock 'N Roll Tour with David Lee Roth.
David Lee Roth Opened
I have seen Sammy many times over the years solo, with HSAS and with Van Halen. The show tuesday night in Los Angeles was the most fun I have ever had at a concert period. First of all we had the best seats in the house-on stage in the cantina! We danced and sang at the top of our lungs the whole night and Sammy even handed me a freshly made waborita. He is so much fun. He sounds and looks great. He even had us join him and the rest of the band, including guest Michael Anthony on stage for the encore. It was just too much fun. I hope to make it down to the real Cabo Wabo cantina someday.
Keep rockin Sammy!
Thanks to Pam for this review!
ADDITIONAL REVIEWThe difference between the two legendary front men was never more clear.
Roth began and blew through 20 song with very little interaction with the audience and an almost-clinical approach. The band was tight, but the chemistry sans-Anthony and the Van Halen bros left Roth a tad cold. Don't get me wrong, it was worth it, its just that the build up in my mind was better than the show.
Twenty great songs. Roth also reverted to his lounge-lizard persona, singing scat style and throwing off the scores of fans who wanted to sing along. But no worries, the best was saved for last.
Sammy is Sammy. The word Sammy should be used as an adjective, because his persona and stage presence is what rock needs. From the opening notes of Red to the closing song Dreams with Mike, the show was damn close to perfect. Where Dave could have be rehearsing, Sam wanted us there and vice versa. He was brilliant and buoyed by Mike, who jammed on a handful of Van Halen classics, and from the crowd's response, we want Van Halen Version 2.0 back.
Thanks to J.P. Walz for this review and for the set list!