March 8, 2012 – 4:35 am

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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,

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

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
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)

Disc 2
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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  1. 7 Responses to “VAN HALEN - PHILADELPHIA 2012”

  2. hey bigo, the new album, a different kind of truth, is good, even if michael anthony isn’t on it. i’ll get this show. thanks for posting it!

    a montrose show with sammy hagar would still be nice.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 8, 2012

  3. Yes, a Montrose show would be great, now he passed away few days ago.

    By Alberto on Mar 8, 2012

  4. Thanks for posting!

    By Danilo on Mar 9, 2012

  5. BigO once posted a VH show from 10-15-77 Pasadena. But that got pulled by those that own such things. There is another boot that’s been around a while from 5-9-76 at Golden West Ballroom, Norwalk, CA. I was there. They opened for UFO. I wish I could get a boot of the UFO portion of that show. Saw UFO open for Steppenwolf 10-11-75. Van Halen used to play at the backyard beer parties back then. Up in San Marino or other areas where the rich kids lived. We’d drive up there and hop a fence to avoid a 2 dollar cover charge and watch Van Halen perform in a garage or patio. We were happy when they got the bill with UFO. Like they finally got a paying gig.

    Thanks for this one. The sound isn’t bad for an audience recording. Quite listenable.

    By sking on Mar 9, 2012

  6. My son stopped by today and I gave him copies of this post and the two I mentioned above. He told me Van Halen’s new album was good. When I gave him the show I went to from 5-9-76 he said, “I was only a year and two months old!”

    By sking on Mar 10, 2012

  7. PS- I don’t think I listen to anybody that was around when I was one year old.

    Oh- maybe Elvis.

    By sking on Mar 10, 2012

  8. Hi Big O! Thanks belatedly, for all the spot on sound you loose into the world from here.
    This VH is great to hear, especially when juxtaposed with some recent Chickenfoot gigs. It sounds like the Foot got re-energized (even more than usual!) with the Van Halen re-emergence. Satriani is another gem.

    By Will from The State Workers on Mar 11, 2012

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