This concert goer
wanted to see more than four songs from the new album. I had read the
set list from the opening show. This being the second show of the tour I
hoped for greater variation from the Louisville, KY set list. I was
hoping the band would play everybody's not-so-secret favorite from "A
Different Kind Of Truth", "Stay Frosty", and my personal other
favorites, "Honeybabysweetiedoll" and "Big River".
As it was they did
play the new / old "Tattoo" and "She's The Woman" as well as China Town"
and "The Trouble With Never". The latter was the only song the crowd
seemed not 110 percent into. The songs that seemed to generate the
greatest crowd response were the opening "You Really Got Me" and "Runnin'
With The Devil," "Somebody Get Me A Doctor," "Dance The Night Away,"
"Beautiful Girls," "Panama" and "Jump."
Wolfgang Van Halen
was the most impressive in the strides he has made. He does not
stand still and play like he's afraid to make a mistake. It was
understandable as a 16, 17 year old! Gee whiz! As a 21 year
old he is more comfortable, at ease, having fun, and coming into his own
in showmanship. His interaction with David Lee Roth is pretty
humorous. They seem to rib each other all the time.
Any songs from the new album would be great to see live. I give the
album 4 stars out of 4 and a 9.5 out of 10. Had the band played "Stay
Frosty" they would have performed the song I think this album will
mostly be remembered for in years to come. This song has to get airplay,
needs released, and would make the point to anyone not aware: forget the
soft stuff; Van Halen is BACK!
Music has its edge back, and it's not
from U2 (albeit a great band) and it certainly isn't Justin Beiber or
Hip Hop that could possibly save Music's bacon; but the meat of Van
Halen that will fill and s-s-satis-f-f-fy the music lover's ear.