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Van Halen Fan Never Learns

By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 at 3:13 pm in Uncategorized.

I’ve been suckered by these guys before. But it’s kind of like trying to avoid your high school sweetheart if she wants to see you. All those great memories, all those firsts, and remembering how great it was when it was great inevitably leads you to (briefly) think maybe it can happen again.

I’m talking about, of course, Van Halen — the band I worshiped as a lad that has since let me down so many times, I swore to never to buy another record or go back to another show. Unless of course, I got a free ticket, David Lee Roth came back, and Edward Van Halen promised never to get so looped that he completely forgot how to play guitar (like he did last time I saw them).

So, apparently they’ve met all my demands. So I’m going to see them in Sacramento tonight. And, against my better judgment, I’m pretty stoked. The reviews have been outstanding.

I should’ve also made a condition that Eddie doesn’t kick out Michael Anthony and replace him with his 16-year-old kid, which he did. That doesn’t thrill me — it shouldn’t thrill anyone except Ed. It especially shouldn’t thrill Valerie.

Youtube clip featuring part of “Romeo Delight”

But that’s fine — as long as I get to hear “Romeo Delight” live again. As long as I get to watch DLR throw a couple of kicks and make fun of whomever gets in his way. As long as Eddie can stand up straight and play with the brilliance to which we’ve grown accustomed.

He’d better.

This will be my 13th Van Halen show. It should be the 14th. The last time I saw VH with David Lee Roth was on the 1984 tour. I had tickets for all three shows at the Cow Palace, but got rid of one to go to the aforementioned girlfriend’s dance show.

Then she dumped me that afternoon.

No, I’m not kidding.

If anyone sees Lisa Seiber today, tell her she owes me a Van Halen ticket. They’ll be back, playing San Jose (on December 16) and Oakland (on December 20).

She had her chance. So I guess the sucker in me will give VH one more chance as well. Look for my review on the website Wednesday morning.

photo of David Lee Roth by Flickr user kubacheck under Creative Commons license
photo of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar by Flickr user cleverswine under Creative Commons license

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