Great times with my buddies Craig Smith and John Eggert. Halen has been huge in my life since Sammy joined but, Ed was in rough shape. Can't recall songs that were messed up but, his solo spot was messed up. He actually stopped during his solo and said 'sorry guys, I've been real messed up recently'. So, it was obvious. He was probably broken hearted with his divorce.
My third show in four days. I took my 15 year old this time who has seen Metallica and Kid Rock and has said he didn't think anyone could have a better show than them. I proved him wrong and he enjoyed every second of the show. his favorite part of the show was Eddie's solo in which my son was blown away. He said "I didn't know he was that good". I kept trying to tell him he was the best in the world and now I think he believes me. from the moment they opened with "Jump" till they closed with "When It's Love" it was non stop entertainment at it's best. Three shows. three different seating areas from the first row in Portland to way in the back in BC and still three of the best damn shows I've ever seen! Thanks again Van Halen, your the best. See you next in Boise in the front row!
R. Crowe from Seattle
Well, we just got back home from seeing Sam, Mike, Ed and Alex in Vancouver, BC. The setlist was your typical 2004 tour fare. The guys rock!
This was my first time seeing the mighty VH, and they didn't disappoint, however, I do have the following comments....
- Sammy was in fine form. He IS truly an artist, not just a singer. He was interacting with the crowd LOTS, signing autographs, wearing clothing, joking around. His solo was 'Eagles Fly' then when into 'Can't Drive 55' BY HIMSELF. Holy Crap! You rock Sam, and your Cabo Wabo Blue is mighty fine!
- Alex was awesome, and bang on every time. Alex's solo was cool. What a master! He is looking a bit older, but out of all that was on stage, he looked like he was having the most fun.
- Mikey was funny, joking around. His vocals rock. But, he looked more like just a sideman, from the way Ed was treating him on stage. What a shame. Ed may be the guitarist, but Mikey is the pulse of the band. Mikey should be leading his own band.
- Ed looked off, drunk, and smoking like a chimney. He screwed up a few songs (how the hell can you screw up the intro to Humans Being???). He didn't interact with the crowd as Sammy did. He barely worked the stage, and flungHe praised Alex a tonne, but never paid any homage to Sammy and Mikey. I thought that was disrepectful.
Overall, I thought VH were awesome, but wasn't too impressed with Ed. The ticket prices were too much, and so was the merchandise.
Although I would like to see VH again, I wouldn't pay that much for a ticket again.
I can't wait for Sammy and the Wabo's to come and play in Vancouver, or Kamloops. That is one concert I will not miss!!!
Oh, and the opening act, Rose Hill Drive? These guys rock, and should have played longer. What a surprise!
John and Deb R,