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Van Halens 2012 Tour seems to of got the old magic and chemistry back into the band! The Greensboro show 21 April, showcased old and new tracks, opening with Unchained from the 1981 release Fair warning and then followed up with Running with the Devil from their début album in 1977. In case anyone forgets, this was one of the most successful début albums for a Rock Band of all time!
Van Halens 2012 tour - Greensboro Coliseum
Their third song was “Shes the Woman” from their new release from A
Different Kind of Truth.The missing era:The 2012 set list was missing something… no songs from 2003 to 2005. How could they have forgot about those years and great hits…? Rumor has it the David Lee Roth refused to sing any of the songs that were produced during the Sammy Hagar era. We can appreciate his pride and not wanting to cover any of the Sammy tunes, but lets face it, Mr. Hagar added a new dimension to the band and those were some very productive years.
Sammy was not the only member missing, the original bassist Michael Anthony was replaced by Eddie’s son, WolfGang Van Halen. He did a fine job and preformed flawlessly, however he offered very little stage presence. A subtle smile was about most emotion we saw. This certainly did not diminish the show, as expected David Lee Roth brought enough “show” to fill the stage. Considering his age (59) David was surprisingly spry, very active, and animated. About mid way through the show he nailed an old jump spin move. He also took the microphone stand and mimicked the samurai sword routine form the old days. His voice was as expected for almost 60. The tour must have strained his vocal chords, as several songs presented a challenge for him.
The 2 Van Halen brothers were spot on. Eddie and Alex did not miss a beat. Eddie’s guitar solos were vintage 1980’s and rivaling his legendary reputation of one the best rock guitarist ever.
With extra dates being added to Van Halens 2012 tour, there sure is a lot of love and support for the band still out there. The venue may not have been totally sold out but with about 85% of tickets sold I’d say that they will be still be filling gigs for as long as they want!
Zodiac n Black are new London Based Metal Band. Vocalist Jad, guitarist Jim, bassist Hank and drummer Luca. Their influences are a mixture of Led Zepplin, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stoneage and Black Sabath.
Zodiac n Black Debut Album
You know what it’s like when you hear an unknown band for the first time, and they impress you? The first thought is, ‘Hang on, can they really be as good as I thought? Let’s play it again’. And the second time, the music still sounds strong. Well, meet Zodiac N Black, a young London band who’ve
already displayed enough verve, vivacity and sheer musical depth to suggest they are in a with a real shout at making the right noises at the highest levels”
Malcolm Dome (Classic Rock, Total Rock)
There is a real richness to the sound of Zodiac n Black – I think we will be hearing a lot from them in the future. In fact “Bad Pills” is from their début album “The Aftermyth ” released this year. Zodiac and Black’s official Video of “Bad Pill’s”
(If you haven’t checked it out already). Let us know what you think by sharing or post a comment below!