By Chuck G.
Right Now Sammy-Fronted Van
Halen Rock Cleveland Arena
But fans of David Lee Roth left wondering
where have all the good times gone.
Not many people know this, but in 1984
Eddie Van Halen was tabbed to contribute to the soundtrack for a sort of
follow-up to the mega-hit movie "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" called,
"The Wild Life." It starred clean-cut Eric Stoltz and Sean Penn's slovenly
brother, Chris, as sort of an 'Odd Couple' for the 80s generation. In that
same year that made radio staples out of "Jump" and "Panama," Eddie's contribution
to the aforementioned soundtrack is the laughably-titled song, "Donut City."
Even more surprising is what "Donut City"
became...which was "Right Now" released on "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge"
seven years later in 1991. The keyboard riff fills out atmosphere in many
scenes of the movie and is unmistakable as the future Hagar-fronted hit
Because of that amazing foresight, the
balance of this review will be written in the spirit of "Donut City"...er,
I mean, "Right Now."
Right Now Van Halen opened with "Jump"
Right Now Eddie Van Halen looks cut and
in the best shape of his cancer-free, hip-replaced life
Right Now Michael Anthony's vocals (especially
lead vocals on "Somebody Get Me A Doctor") is the straw that stirs the
Van Halen drink
Right Now, despite what is being circulated
in the press, Sammy's enthusiasm for performing Roth-era VH is sour
Right Now, Alex Van Halen lives in the
shadows of his younger brother, but is a tremendous drummer himself
Right Now Alex did rip-off Tommy Lee's
'Theater of Pain' drum solo for his own on this tour (chops only, not the
Right Now Van Halen did 5 songs from
"For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" including "Judgement Day"
Right Now Van Halen didn't perform songs
from the following albums: "Diver Down", "Women And Children First", "Balance"
and "Van Halen III"
Right Now Eddie still maintains complete
mastery over his guitar...how could Rolling Stone rate Jack White ahead
Right Now I'm still outraged about that
Right Now Van Halen had a cool depth-charge
looking video screen in the back of their stage set-up
Right Now Eddie never once touched a
piano or keyboard live
Right Now "Humans Being," a great Sammy-era
song from the Twister Soundtrack doesn't come across well live
Right Now the concept of the bass solo
should be outlawed; sorry Michael
Right Now Eddie only played his vintage
red Kramer with black-and-white tape for one song
Right Now Sammy is struggling with the
high notes; but still performed great
Right Now seeing Eddie do the whole hammer-on/pull-off
thing is like watching Jordan play basketball
Right Now Wolfgang Van Halen did NOT
perform during Eddie's guitar solo; he has at other tour stops
Right Now Eddie, a tongue cancer survivor,
did smoke during his guitar solo
Right Now "Unchained" is the finest Van
Halen song known to mankind
Right Now Eddie did perform bits of "Eruption,"
"Cathedrals" "Mean Streets" and "Spanish Fly" during his solo portion
Right Now crowd excitement was, and probably
always will be, stronger for the Roth-era material
Right Now only 6 DLR songs were performed
out of a 20-song setlist
Right Now the 18,000+ seat arena was
filled almost to capacity
Right Now Van Halen performed all three
new tracks set to be included the new "Best Of Both Worlds" collection
Right Now none can hold a candle to either
Roth-era or Pre-VHIII Hagar-era Van Halen, though "It's About Time" comes
Right Now and interesting stage note:
Barely any light show during Roth-era songs; everything and the kitchen
sink lighting-wise for the new stuff
Right Now the song "Right Now" with it's
message-driven video in the background was even more poignant in this post-9/11
Right Now set-ender "When It's Love"
is a poor choice for that position; Why not "What Love Can Do" if you gotta
go with Sammy stuff?
Right Now a pretty safe show from a band
that was really never thought of as safe
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