VAN HALEN: Off and Jumping
|Van Halen started their tour Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky at the KFC Yum Center, turning in a 22-song set that not only contained the hits and four tracks off the new album, A Different Kind of Truth, but two songs they haven't done in concert since 1979 and 1980 -- "Outta Love Again" and "Women in Love."
A review in Louisville's Courier-Journal said, "David Lee Roth bounced around the stage like a big, 57-year-old kid, delivering a performance that was half burlesque, half living-room show-off, and all rock star. Alex Van Halen brought his usual thunder on the drums, and while diehards probably still miss original bassist Michael Anthony, Wolfgang Van Halen has become a serious replacement. But the night belonged to Eddie, who was in peak form. His right hand was like a jackhammer all night as he showed utter command of his instrument, with no apparent ill effects from a 2009 surgery on his left hand. This was crucial, because while the band's best material stands alone as seriously good, voraciously hard rock, Eddie's guitar is Van Halen."
Backed by a video screen that is 100-feet wide by 31-feet high, they opened with their version of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and closed with "Jump" as confetti rained down on the audience. Show number-two is tonight in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan at The Palace.