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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:50

By Trevin Smith

ll my life I have been a huge fan of the ’80s hard-rock era and made fun of by my peers for it. Especially by my Grunge-era, Nirvana-worshiping older brother.

However my ace, the one band I know is better, Van Halen proved to everyone at their recent Oracle arena show that when it comes to rocking, having a good time and making music, all other bands are simply pretenders to the throne.

In a two-hour set, a rebooted Van Halen, including Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and the mighty David Lee Roth on the mic, busted out the hits that ruled Van Halen’s career.

“You Really Got Me,” “Ice Cream Man,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love” – they were all there alongside nearly 20 other hits mixed with a few new songs from their new album “A Different kind of Truth.”

David Lee Roth brought everything Sammy Hagar never had, that swagger, sex appeal and even mystery with a hint of danger, being that you never knew what was going to come out of his mouth next.

Unlike younger bands 25 years his junior, Roth slipped and slid on his own wooden dance floor on the stage, pointing to the audience and prancing in skintight leather pants while doing countless splits and kicks. That is true rock star right there.

My only problem with the show, besides “Jamie’s Cryin’” being absent from the set, was their opening act, Kool and the Gang. Nothing against old school funk, but I felt like the duo were an odd matchup. I noticed very few young people were at this show, perhaps as a result of this.

However, long after I had collected my jaw off the floor after Eddie’s “Eruption” solo, I came to the conclusion that Van Halen can put on an incredibly fun concert, minus the jaw pain.



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