Van Halen at the Pepsi Center, 5/24/12

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Van Halen last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Van Halen in Denver


VAN HALEN @ PEPSI CENTER | 5/24/12

Evidently, 1982 was a very good year for David Lee Roth. "You're taking pictures here tonight, hot stuff?" the Van Halen frontman asked a woman in the front row in the middle of "Panama." "What? Oh, you want to make a sex tape. I'll tell you what, girlfriend, you can save that Kardashian shit. I made my first sex tape back in 1982. And except for the two hours I spent on stage with the brothers here, I was naked the whole motherfucking tour. Yeah, man! That was a good year. That was a very good year. I slept with every good-looking girl who had two legs in her pants. Even slept with an amputee. She was missing a forearm, but I think it still counts. What are you laughing at? I'm capable of a relationship. I'm not insensitive. Hey, I'm only missing a few parts. What, are you going to vote me off the motherfucking island? I don't think so."

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David Lee Roth at the Pepsi Center last night. Slide show: Van Halen in Denver

But while 1982 might have been good year for Roth and an ideal time to see one of the world's greatest rock bands, thirty years later it's a slightly different ballgame. Roth doesn't quite have the pipes he used to. As many have noted about previous shows, Roth can't quite hit the high notes like the old days and mumbled his way through lines here and there, only to be saved at times by vocal harmonies by Eddie Van Halen and his 21-year-old son, Wolfgang, who also did a noble job holding down bass lines.

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Brandon Marshall
Van Halen last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Van Halen in Denver

The guys in Van Halen recently postponed 31 dates so they could "recharge their batteries." For their part, the Van Halen boys brought a hell of a rock show -- Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang were all in fine form for the most part. Roth seemed to be the weaker link. At times, he seemed to be trying to compensate with antics, the occasional karate kick, James Brown spin and he even did the splits -- which was pretty damn impressive, both that he's still able to pull off that sort of move and that it didn't tear the crotch out of his skin-tight pants. Just the same, dude managed to give a fairly decent performance, hamming it up, sporting a cheesy grin most of the show.

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Brandon Marshall
David Lee Roth last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Van Halen in Denver

While five or six roadies sprayed, mopped and swept the center stage floor prior to the show, and even poured some sort of powder on the floor, Roth wasn't totally happy with it. The band had already turned out energetic takes on "Unchained" and "Runnin' With the Devil" to kick off the show, but during "Romeo Delight" Roth used his jacket and mike stand to wipe down the floor, which didn't quite do the trick.

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Alex Van Halen last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Van Halen in Denver

As drummer Alex Van Halen kicked off the heavy tom intro to "Everybody Wants Some!!" Roth said, "You people deserve the very best here, and they fucked the floor up. Hold on one second. I'm going to make this perfectly right for ya here. You're gonna get a show like you never fucking saw. Are you with me so far here? Because I hear the drummer talking. Yeah, I can do their job. You bet. This is how I fucking started, and I'm never leaving. There we go. This is for the dipshit who wasted all of this good audience's fucking time. Yeah, baby."

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Pepsi Center

1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO

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VHrocks
VHrocks

 Fantastic show...  DLR can't hit the high notes as well as he used to, but still put on a hell of a show with VH.  Needed to have Mike Anthony back though.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Alex looks like he's channeling Grandpa Munster.

Susttee
Susttee

I left the show with a bitter appreciation for lip synching, Eddie and the band were hot but Dave was simply sad to watch... mumbling and not even trying to sing in time with songs, cripes it was disappointing.

Audioman1974
Audioman1974

Must say the band rockedas far as dlr goes he sucked he did not do theband justice. Eddie kick his ass into gear or just let your son sing he is a damb good case player and he can sing too. You three together can make it happen who needs a front man or just bring Sammy back. But thank you for a great show just loose dlr. He is a has done.....

jk
jk

Your review was SPOT ON.  Kool were cool and DLR was weird.  Sorry.  I loved the guy in the 90s but last night was strange.  He seemed nervous, probably due to the fact that he was having a hard time doing the show.  The band rocked.  EVH was excellent.

lhdenver
lhdenver

I enjoyed .the show.  Best I've ever seen from Eddie -  what an experience - words can't even begin to describe.  Alex rocked hard as usual.  David Lee Roth - I will always love him - but I have always wished he would use that beautiful voice the way it sounds on the originals.  He was still entertaining though. I hope I get to see them again.

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