Growing up i’ve seen some legendary artists and bands in concert. I’ve always wanted to see Van Halen, but never got around to seeing them, in part because I wasn’t old enough. However, when I was old enough the lead singer, David Lee Roth quit. They replaced him with Sammy Hagar, whom I like as a solo artist yet never was a fan of him as lead singer for Van Halen. I’m old school in that way where I way prefer to see original members in a band. Well, when I found out they got Diamond Dave back I jumped, pun intended, at the opportunity to see them live!
The opening act was Kool and the Gang. Not your typical opener for a hard rock band, but I loved the choice! I’ve always been a fan of those guys. They set the tone and got the crowd of 30,000 fans “dancing the night away.” Pun intended again. The only thing that I would have preferred would be if they’re former lead singer, James J.T. Taylor were still in the band. They still played all their hits! They ended their set with “Celebration.” Amazing show!
Then Van Halen walks on stage with all the confidence that accompanies a great rock band! They looked and sounded great! Eddie Van Halen showed why he is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. I was surprised that he used as many effects on his guitar. But he used them with style and finesse. And Diamond Dave’s voice was surprisingly strong as if it were still 1984. He even did a couple of his signature splits. Very inspiring performance! Concerts like these are priceless!