The Van Halens
Eddie, Wolfgang and Alex put on a heckuva show last night in Calgary. Despite a tumultous rock and roll history, the band delivered a great show. Eddie got his teeth fixed. He looked healthy.
I recieved a couple of unsolicited comments about ear plugs. First, a fellow in the beer lineup asked me "Did you buy those here?" It is a bit pathetic that you can get ear plugs at a NASCAR race but not a rock and roll show. As an aside, NASCAR fans have better teeth than Van Halen fans on average. The second comment, which I could barlely hear (because I was wearing ear plugs) was in a more mocking tone from a female attendee, "you're wearing earplugs!?". Today a clever comeback line came to me... "no, I just have flourescent orange ear wax, thanks for noticing." Last night it was don't make eye contact, her boyfriend could be vengeful.
The band doesn't seem to change their set list from night to night but repetion and structure probably help to keep flamboyant David Lee Roth (who can be replaced... as the only non Van Halen in the band) on task. I wonder if the Sheepdogs took their name from Roth's infatuation with sheepdogs.
Eddie Van Halen is one of the greatest guitar players on the planet and it was spine tingling to see him in action. This year I've seen more than my share of greatness live, Stevie Wonder, Mary Hart (she makes the list for scolding Hollywood actors quiet down at the Palm Springs International Film Festival), Tony Stewart, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Roger Federer, Chris Difford, Glenn Tillbrook, and Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. I'm adding Eddie Van Halen to the list and its not even June yet.
It took me a while to figure out which part of the show to video so there's some jumping around at first as I tried to track the different big screen shots. It gets better as it progresses but it is still just another shakey YouTube concert video.