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- Aug 6, 2011
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1985 -1986 Saints? He must not have been at the dome to watch the Saints. LolIt was the mid-80's, probably 85, maybe 86. My aunt and uncle had a suite at the Dome. I went with my cousin to a Saints game, and we're sitting down pregame eating some food, when he was looking at me, well looking past me. He nudged me and said, "uh, I think that's Eddie Van Halen in the suite right next to us." I turned to look and I swear about 15' away was Eddie and Valeri. I was in shock and I'm sure I stared too long. I knew I stared too long when he caught me staring and said, "hey man, what's up". I don't remember what I said back but I'm sure it wasn't English or anything resembling any other language.
Oh and Valeri was, too use an 80's term, fine.
You know, I almost think of Classic Van Halen and Van Hagar as two distinct bands. As such, I tend to regard CVH as the trailblazing, pioneering party boys who took metal to the mainstream and Van Hagar a more commercially-oriented radio-friendly outfit. Indeed, the Van Hagar sound is as close to Whitesnake as it is CVH, for mine (which is no criticism, because even taking them as a separate entity, I'd have Van Hagar in my top 5-10 favourite bands). Summer Nights deserves to be recognised as one of the great songs and great riffs of that era though. I know exactly what you mean about trying out that sound on a new stereo. The whole album, in fact. A sad period in some respects given it marked the end of the original and most influential line-up, but equally, a highly productive period with 5150 for Van Hagar followed in short order by Dave and the legendary Eat Em & Smile band.And to this day when I put a new stereo in a truck I use this song to set the sound
Think I only ever saw Skidrow at the Cap Center. I can't remember who was with VH when I saw them. It very def. could have been 1980 when I saw them so maybe it was Sammy Hagar? If it was, never caught on to that irony. Van Halen and Van Halen II are 2 of the few albums I've owned on vinyl, cassette, and CD. Gotta listen to them in full and gotta listen to them loud. Oh, and Women and Children FirstI saw them twice at the dump Capitol Center down in Largo, MD. I wasn’t real impressed, but apparently there was a lot of tension in the band which may have contributed to a less-than-exemplary show. coincidentally the opening act at the first show in 1980 was....Sammy Hagar. The second time I saw them a year or so later there must have still been tension—very so-so.
Van Halen’s first album is one of the best rock albums of all time.
Sammy didn’t join until after the 1984 album, so late ‘85 or so.Think I only ever saw Skidrow at the Cap Center. I can't remember who was with VH when I saw them. It very def. could have been 1980 when I saw them so maybe it was Sammy Hagar? If it was, never caught on to that irony. Van Halen and Van Halen II are 2 of the few albums I've owned on vinyl, cassette, and CD. Gotta listen to them in full and gotta listen to them loud.
Sammy didn’t join until after the 1984 album, so late ‘85 or so.
If you saw them around 1980, it was def DLR..
That was when Alice in Chains were still kind of glam-rock, late 80s Bon Jovi/GNR-esque type of band. Before Nirvana's Nevermind and the Seattle grunge scene of anti-materialism, newer-edged PNW sense of isolation, and nihilism and an edgier, louder form of punk revolutionized the American musical and entertainment scene until the mid-1990s. Van Halen emerged from a LA metal scene in mid-70s that was maturing out of its folk singer-songwriter phase and you had louder, harder metal bands playing on the Sunset Strip that hadn't embraced punk or glam metal yet but was a unique alternative to Eagles, Doobie Brothers, or Kiss.Saw them at the ms coast coliseum in 89 or 90
Alice In Chains opened