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Van Halen on fire

JENNY FENIAK, SPECIAL TO THE EDMONTON SUN


Last night was a Van Halen reunion of the highest order. Not just for the thousands of fans who packed Rexall Place last night, but for the band as well.

The last time the Van Halen brothers, Eddie and his older brother Alex, and "Mad" Michael Anthony performed with Sammy Hagar was back in 1996.

The split that followed was so deep, Hagar didn't even speak to the other members until opportunity came knocking and the chemistry that made Van Halen a legend was all that surfaced.

The band has been touring with a vengeance since June and if last night was any sort of indication, it's just been one big celebration of brotherly love.

Sure, Anthony and Hagar jostled for the lead a little bit, but the camaraderie was evident as everyone got their moment in the spotlight while the rest of the aging rockers took a breather off stage.

The band exploded right off the bat with Jump, one of their most recognizable anthems from the past two decades and one of the 36 songs on The Best of Both Worlds, released earlier this year.

With his tightly curled blond locks tied back beneath a tuque and wearing dark shades, Hagar looked like a hip hop daddy.

If anyone wasn't aware of his post-Van Halen work, his red pants and matching 'Red Rocker' T-shirt clued them in to his anthology CD, The Essential Red Collection, released in August.

The group sounded great and they kept their age concealed at first.

Eventually, close-up shots on the video screen and some attempts at their old rock moves set the record straight, but by that point nobody cared.

Surrounded by fans singing, screaming and dancing along to hits such as Up for Breakfast, Why Can't This Be Love and 5150, Van Halen turned the energy around and pumped it back into the crowd.

On the VH logo stage with golden rings running around each side and containing a handful of fans in seats auctioned for charity, Hagar brought out a miniature palm tree all lit up "for some atmosphere."

Anthony, with a moment alone on stage, pulled a mini bottle of Jack Daniel's from his Jack Daniel's shaped bass and tossed it to a fan when a roadie appeared with a full-sized bottle to replace it.

Having kept relatively quiet for the first half, Eddie was left alone on stage, bare-chested and with his hair tied up over his head for an almost moving and well-deserved solo.

Fans of Van Halen showered the band with adoration and thanks for this rare opportunity.

Van Halen, in turn, gave their fans everything they had.

If you were there, it was a moment in history to cherish and if you weren't, go find somebody who was and get all the juicy details that I couldn't fit in here.

 

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Now that review kicked ass, thanks for posting that sphill!!
 

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No problems TJ!

Good to be back in the forum.
My little man all better (turned one yesterday) and daddy is back at SCHOOL!
On the menu to day is "Random Shot (Florida Pensacola 1995)" and "Diamond Dave Goes Home (Indiapolis 1984)" Kids should enjoy these! GO LIONS!
 
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