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Old 12-30-2003, 03:28 PM   #1
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why would van halen do this?


in 1995 during the balance tour, why in the world would van halen open for bon jovi? i know they did at wembley stadium and that is a big big venue but why in Gods green earth would they open for bon jovi?
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Old 12-30-2003, 04:03 PM   #2
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Old 12-30-2003, 04:13 PM   #3
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that is the only thing i can think of.
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Old 12-30-2003, 05:36 PM   #4
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Old 12-30-2003, 05:53 PM   #5
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Back in 90 Kiss and Whitesnake somehow wound up being double booked into the same venue and date in Toronto. Apparently here's how Kiss wound up opening for Whitesnake, cointoss over the shows headlining spot was won by Whitesnake, in exchange Kiss got to front both their opening bands Faster Pussycat and Slaughter. Back then I can see the remote possibility of that happening but not so much on the Balance tour in 95. As far fetched as it seems in todays digital age of instant info, I can see it happening 13 years ago. In the end there was the possibility that neither Kiss nor Whitesnake were goin' to sell enough tickets to warrant the size of the venue they had booked so they decided to combine shows. Maybe Bon Jovi knew there was no way in hell they'd sell out Wembley on their own and needed to pull another major North American act to do the shows with especially if you book the thing for 3 NIGHTS!!!!!!
In the end my bet goes on the $$$$$$ as well, it's always about the Benjamins!!!!!
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Old 12-30-2003, 09:44 PM   #6
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I saw that show at Wembley and I primarily went for VH. I'd say that Van Halen have never kept up the same amount of presence in the UK that Bon Jovi have...those guys were here every year thruout the 90's. Van Halen were certainly huge but to some newer rockers, they were pretty much unknown except for the name. It's not the first unusual pairing I've heard of as most bands have supported at one time. Rush supported Uriah Heep and Thin Lizzy in the late '70's...I saw a double headline bill of Journey and Pat Travers in Newcastle in 1978 (I think) but the best show I ever saw for a support band BLOWING a headliner off stage was (strangely) Van Halen supporting Black Sabbath on the Never Say Die tour...they destroyed! [img]images/smilies/rock.gif[/img]
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Old 12-31-2003, 02:41 AM   #7
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Exposure is the word.

Van Halen in the UK is usually met with a [img]images/smilies/headscratch.gif[/img]

Then you say "Jump ?" and they'll usually sing Jump, For Your Love. Then you correct them, and they vaguely remember.

So, to tour with Bon Jovi would give you a lot of exposure. Not that the 14 year old girls in the audience were that interested in Van Halen. I saw them at Don Valley and I had to get within the first third of the audience before there was any reaction to the music when Van Halen were on.

Then Jon and Richie came on for Rock n Roll and the place went wild !

I didn't mind it. I got to see Thunder, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi for one price. Fantastic !

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What Mondola said. VH wasn't that big abroad, especially with Hammy at the mic. This was a marketing ploy.
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hammy? why the dis FH...you should know better to disrespect a fellow vh member [img]images/smilies/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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It was purely about marketing. However, I don't know how successful it was. If I remember, Thunder got 45 minutes, Van Halen about 55 minutes, then Bon Jovi were on for 3 hours...

Fucking great concert though, even though Ed wasn't doing his customary jumps because his hip was knacjered. He just waddled on stage, waddled over to the right side of the stage, and stayed there and then waddled off at the end. But his fingers were on form !!!

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Sorry, I used to be HammyHagarTheRoundRocker at the Dome and still love to take a dig.
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