Van Halen Week in San Diego – Concert Review

Last night was the big show I’ve been looking forward to for basically 28 years.

It has always been a regret of mine having never seen the original Van Halen lineup with David Lee Roth, even though, I have seen them a handful of times with Sammy Hagar since.

After going to the concert last night my first thought is….I really wish I would have seen them with DLR back in the day!

The Bad:

They have lost their fastball. The show lacked a rockin’ forward motion that I have seen in their past shows. They have also had some recorded tracks in the background(unless they have musicians behind the scenes)

David Lee Roth is a nut job. Good to see him back in the band but he looked like he should have been in a Broadway show…and glad he loves dogs but didn’t really get the video montage of his dogs herding sheep.

The crowd! They should have started the show at noon cause I think everyone was asleep. I have never seen so many people sitting down at a rock concert. There are still plenty of bands in Van Halen’s age group that the fans are up on their feet.

The Good:

The sound!

I could hear all of Eddie’s guitar riffs and licks clearly and although Dave didn’t really have anything important to say you could definitely hear him.

The whole band sounded great, instrumentally!

Eddie played guitar the whole time…no keyboards (although as mentioned before they were recorded or played by someone behind the scenes)

The setlist was awesome! “Beautiful Girls,” “Romeo Delight,” ” Women in Love,” “Hear About it Later,” etc. It was great to hear lots of the old songs! View Setlist

I like the fact that they have dropped some of the Rockstar histrionics and focused more on the music.

Even with Roth’s antics it was good to see the original lineup together.

Smart idea to have Kool & The Gang as opening act. I think it made the concert more fun for the wives of all us guitar geeks.


The greatest thing for me was to see Eddie! He looked and played really good. He has been through so much the last several years with the cancer, addictions and crazy cat lady pictures. He just looked healthy even put on some weight.