Thursday, August 16, 2007

VH followup/flashback

Anonymous Communist led me to look up what I'd written when we saw Van Halen before ("we" being my husband and myself, not Mr. Communist and myself).

Setlist:
1. You Really Got Me
2. Round & Round
3. Human Being
4. Up for Breakfast
5. the dreaded bass solo
6. Somebody Get Me a Doctor
7. Pound Cake
8. It's About Time
9. the drum solo
10. Dreams
11. Unchained
12. Why Can't This Be Love
13. Where Eagles Fly (Sammy solo and on electric)
14. The Seventh Seal
15. Best of Both Worlds
16. guitar solo
17. Standin' on top of the World
18. Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love
19. Right Now
-Encore 1
1. Jump
2. Panama
-Encore 2
When It's Love

That show was more like three years ago than the year and a half or so that it feels like. At the time, I wrote that the opening band, Shinedown, sucked and that our show was the second of two nights and hadn't sold all that well, so they closed the upper sections and upgraded our seats, which was nice. I noted that Alex looked more like the killer from 'Silence of the Lambs' than ever, but at the time I didn't think Eddie looked too bad, although he wasn't playing all that well.

He'd say stuff and you couldn't quite hear him but it would be like "I don't know what the fuck I'm doing" and "Thanks for putting up with my shit" and stuff. ... So Sammy can't sing that great anymore most of the time, but luckily Michael Anthony has a high voice. And Eddie can't actually play that well anymore either. Which is kind of heartbreaking. However, I'm totally glad we went to see them. I had a good time and they didn't suck or anything, they just weren't all that great. But we knew going in that they're past their prime, so it was all right.

Thanks, 2004 Occ! Huh, I'd forgotten that about Michael Anthony taking some of the high parts. Maybe Wolfgang can sing ... ?

3 comments:

Anonymous Communist said...

"Round and Round"? The Ratt version?

BlogFreeSpringfield said...

Occula,

I've never liked VH, but I did hear a really cool song on WQNA last Saturday afternoon. As is my want when I hear something good on the radio that isn't likely to be identified, I scratched out a few lines of the lyrics in my passenger side notebook. When I googled those lines that evening, I discovered that it was none other than your Drive-By Truckers doing the Living Bubba. That's a great song.

So what DBT song should I pursue next?

Dan

Occula said...

Anon - Well, as memory serves at this late juncture, I think not, but I just looked at all the cds and don't see it listed there either, so I really don't know what that was! Probably one of the several ones J had to tell me so's I could write it down.

Dan! How awesome. I'm thrilled! Let's see. If you liked The Living Bubba ... which is one of their slightly older and raw ones rather than one of their brand new and polished ones ... you might like "Bulldozers and Dirt," "Lookout Mountain," or "Uncle Frank" as good followups. Let me know what you think. There's no pleasure like someone else turning on to a band you really like.