Concert Reviews, Songs Beginning with V

This page is for reviews of concerts people have seen during the 80s and reviews of tours that more recently focus on vintage 80s groups (like Depeche Mode or Bow Wow Wow, etc.). The first reviews here are from the old message board, so they might look a little familar. Hope no one minds me reformatting their original messages.

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"Van Halen" / 1982 SEATTLE!!!
The crowd was completly out of their minds before the show! The smoke was thick and many guys were dressed up like Dave and Eddie.Fights broke out on the floor and you just knew it was going to be a great concert.Over the house pa system a led zeppelin song would ring out(good times bad times)and some of the crowd cheered louder,some didnt.It was like a new age in music.M-80s were going off all over the place and the reverberations shook the arena.The opening band (after the fire) was so lame that they got a loud BOOOOO throughout their whole set;during song set ups,between songs,during songs,after songs and during pleas to the crowd for mercy.Have you ever heard 12,000 drunk and stoned people BOOO at the top of their lungs? AND IT WAS CONSTANT! An m-80 went off on stage and it's fallout smoke shouded the lion banner behind the stage.The lights dimmed and out came the band.Eddie was playing a little tiny guitar.He just stood there in one spot all during the concert with this goofy grin on his face.He played perfectly! BUT you could tell he was drunk as a skunk.During one point DLR sang at the edge of the stage with his feet slightly hanging over.He was screaming out a tune with his back arched up at the the roof of the arena.A fan reached up and tied his shoo laces together!!! DLR looked down and told the guy,saying right into the mic " if you don't stop this shit I am going to f... your girlfriend"!!! He also told a tale of fishing stoned at the hotel right on the water.The crowd was so crazed that they had to shut the show down at one point.I have NEVER in all my life seen so many wild and crazy girls! They were going gaga over Eddie and Dave.Nobody reading this could ever relate! YOU HAD TO BE THERE! When the lights went down and the house music went on over the pa the entire crowd went OHHHH!!!!! We wanted more! Anyone else see this concert?
Review by: Slemp "potty" Dorfmeyer
"Van Halen" / 10-19-2004, Portland,Oregon
Van Halen is a great band from the 80's and 90's. I had the pleasure to see these Men of Hard Rock. The Guys are a little older, but so are we.....Eddie and Alex have not aged gracefully, coming on stage with no shirts and looking very skinning.....and very old....Next Sammy Hagar came out looking very fresh and all smiles.....I know Rock and Roll should be loud...but this show was too came out my ear plugs....We had side front row seats so our view of the show was fabulous....The music was fine, even if it was filted through my ears plugs.....The show lasted over 2 hours with the band playing all their hits.....Sammy was fabulous....he still has a great voice...Eddie missed a few too many notes but came through fine....But Alex was brilliant on the drums......Overall we had a fun time in viewing this band from yesteryear...All the band mates are close to 50 and their energy is amazing.....The only negative thing of the evening was after Eddie Van Halen has had mouth cancer in the past....He smoked through most of the concert making some of the audience gasp!!!!...Anyway, they will be touring for the rest of the year...Check them out!!!!
Review by: Mark McElroy
"Van Halen" / 1984
This has to be one of the lamest shows I ever had the privilege to sleep through. It was the tour supporting the "1984" album. The show was at the old Omni Arena in Atlanta, GA. Autograph was the opening act (remember "Turn Up the Radio"?) and they put on a bare-bones but decent show. They basically came out in front of the curtain and played - no stage set, no light show, pretty lackluster. Then when Van Halen came on it was such a downer. It was a huge stage and the bandmembers were all placed about 100 feet apart. Every once in a while Eddie would climb this huge scaffolding to play his cheesy synth. It was almost like watching a 4-ring circus, everybody doing their own thing apart from the others. The amazing thing is that I don't even remember Mr. Showboat, Diamond Dave, doing much at all. You'd think he'd make the show memorable, but, alas it was not to be.
Review by: Steven Broome

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