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Philadelphia 2012 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA; March 5, 2012. Slight echoey, good to fairly/very good audience recording.
On February 7, 2012, Van Halen released A Different Kind Of Truth, their 12th studio album and first album in 14 years. The current lineup, with Wolfgang Van Halen (Eddie’s son) on bass, is probably as close to the original lineup as one can wish for so their tour is both a chance to re-live old times and to see what else they can bring to the table.
This is what bphilipb posted at the Van Halen fansite, vhlinks.com:
It was a great show. Vocals were spot on. Wolfie, was great tonight. He really does add something to the band. Alex was… well, playing as well as I have ever seen him play. Just incredible. David Lee was the great showman and did great interacting with the crowd and the band. Ed, is the man. Period. (Yes, understatement of the year.) Just incredible playing by him tonight. I truly can’t express the words that I felt about half way through, as I kept looking at Ed to see him sober, smiling, having fun and playing his butt off. His playing is just amazing. Sitting in Row 2 right in front of him gave me a great view of everything Ed tonight.
And Patrick Berkery of the Philly Inquirer wrote:
[The Van Halen brothers, Eddie on guitar and Alex on drums] - they’re craftsmen with a capital C. And as rock guitarists go, Eddie’s a dive-bombing, finger-tapping innovator, still ridiculously on top of his game, as he proved Monday.
Roth… he’s always been more of a flamboyant song and dance man than a craftsman. In leather pants, newsboy cap, scarves, and flashy jackets he looked like an undercover cop posing as a hipster trying to infiltrate an ecstasy ring. He’s concerned less with getting his lines exactly right or hitting his notes, and more with getting the feeling across, and delivering his patented leg kick (yup, he still does ‘em) on the beat…
Dropped lines, variable-pitch delivery, and all, there’s still no better ringleader for an arena rock circus than Roth. He’s unafraid to go back to well-visited places, and also bold enough to adapt older material, as when he reworked the spoken-word sections of “Hot For Teacher,” playing a chocolate-peddling substitute teacher. And when a song called for attitude and comic vamping over perfect pitch, Roth seemed much more comfortable and proved why he’s arguably the best front man in rock history.
Thanks to Nicky C, who recorded the show; and to mcacdcgc for sharing the tracks at Dime. Thanks also to eruption1962 for the artwork.
Source: Schoeps MK4’s > Nbox > Sony PCM-M10 (Recorded @24Bit/48KHZ)
PCM-M10 > Soundforge 9 (Fades, Sample Rate/Bit Rate Conversion) > CDWAV > FLAC
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Track 101. Unchained (8.0MB)
Track 102. Runnin’ With The Devil (5.9MB)
Track 103. She’s The Woman (4.7MB)
Track 104. The Full Bug (7.3MB)
Track 105. Tattoo (7.2MB)
Track 106. Everybody Wants Some (10.3MB)
Track 107. Somebody Get Me A Doctor (6.3MB)
Track 108. China Town (5.5MB)
Track 109. Hear About It Later (7.4MB)
Track 110. Oh, Pretty Woman (5.1MB)
Track 111. Drum Solo (4.6MB)
Track 112. You Really Got Me (6.8MB)
Track 201. The Trouble With Never (7.5MB)
Track 202. Dance The Night Away (6.0MB)
Track 203. I’ll Wait (8.0MB)
Track 204. Hot For Teacher (9.3MB)
Track 205. Women In Love (7.2MB)
Track 206. Girl Gone Bad (7.3MB)
Track 207. Beautiful Girls (11.9MB)
Track 208. Dave speaks/Ice Cream Man (5.7MB)
Track 209. Panama (6.7MB)
Track 210. Guitar Solo (with Eruption and Cathedral) (13.7MB)
Track 211. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (8.2MB)
Track 212. Jump (8.4MB)
David Lee Roth - vocals
Eddie Van Halen - guitar
Wolfgang Van Halen - bass
Alex Van Halen - drums
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