Van Halen, known as one of the best rock-n-roll bands to ever grace a stage, killed it this past Tuesday night in West Palm. On an otherwise overcast and gloomy day, the atmosphere was one of delight to the 15 thousand plus fans in attendance at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater.
Opening act and one of the baddest guitar players to hit the scene in the last 20 years was Kenny Wayne Shepherd. As a self-taught guitar virtuoso and 5-time grammy nominee, he lit up the stage with his bluesy style and smooth guitar riffs. He was definitely the right artist to have on this tour. In my opinion, for the price of your ticket, you had the musical pleasure of hearing and seeing 2 of the most talented guitar players on the same stage, KWS and EVH!
As KWS finished his set, the anticipation for what was coming next was huge. The crowd was a seamless stream of old, new; young and old Van Halen fans. Fans from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, through today made up an eclectic, but loyal crowd. With over 80 million records sold, and multiple top ten hits, you knew it was gonna be a great night. Formed in 1974 by the Van Halen brothers, then adding (former) bassist Michael Anthony, as well as David Lee Roth, Van Halen was born. They’ve had several lineup changes throughout the years, most famous was when DLR was replaced in the mid 80’s by Sammy Hagar. With Hagar, VH had 4 number 1 albums, but VH loyalists and purists still liked the original lineup with David Lee Roth. Fast forward to this past Tuesday. Taking the stage in true David Lee Roth form, DLR jumped on the drum riser with crash cymbals in hand, smashing them together and letting the audience know, LOOK WHO’S BACK!!!
The applause was deafening, the drums were loud and the guitar was even louder. All of that combined, meant you were at a Van Halen show.
With Eddie Van Halen on guitar, brother Alex on drums and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass, it was nothing short of great! Opening with ‘Light Up the Sky’ ‘Runnin’ With the Devil’ ‘Romeo Delight’ ‘Everybody Wants Some’ the stage was a non-stop musical feast for the ears and eyes. David Lee Roth being the showman that he is, he commanded the stage and every inch of it felt his touch. He danced, jumped, moved, and swaggered just as he did in his early days. Although the band is older, and not as wild, the music is still some of the best rock-n-roll you will ever hear live.
Their set list was 25 plus songs of classic hits from VH (absent were the hits from the Hagar era), but it was all VAN HALEN! If you only get to see one rock-n-roll band perform in your life, make it a Van Halen show. You get David Lee Roth, one of the greatest showman to ever hit the stage, plus Eddie Van Halen, definitely a guitar legend, one of the top 5 ever to play, as well as Alex Van Halen, one of the 5 best rock drummers of all time, and let’s not forget Wolfgang Van Halen, who is still young, but with the family pedigree, it’s safe to say, he will be just fine. So you get all of that musical magic for the price of one ticket. A great night of music performed flawlessly, by one of the world best rock bands. Always support live music!