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they were a much better different band with Sammy

FIFY.  This is where people get into all kinds of qualitative debates and my belief is that it isn't whether VH were better with one or the other, it's that VH to most people equals VH with DLR.  VH with Sammy was just a new and entirely different thing.  MY Van Halen was epitomized by Diver Down and 1984.  But I also like/appreciate a lot of the Sammy stuff and, in particular, 5150 was the best of that era because it was closest to 1984.  The general vibe of "Dreams" "Love Walks In" and "Why Can't This Be Love" was way more pop/sentimental, but a lot of the soundscape of it was just like "Jump."

Pointless to compare, IMO.

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Hagar Van Halen never had the swagger as Roth Van Halen.  With Hagar they were a good rock band. With Roth they were dangerous.

And musically, for entertainment AND import, nothing in the catalog compares to I, II, and 1984.  Nothing.

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Here's the set list from the show I saw at The Checkerdome (St. Louis) on April 28, 1979:

  • Light Up The Sky
  • Somebody Get Me A Doctor
  • Drum solo
  • Runnin' With The Devil
  • Dance The Night Away
  • Beautiful Girls
  • On Fire
  • Bass solo
  • You're No Good
  • Jamie's Cryin'
  • Feel Your Love Tonight
  • Outta' Love Again
  • Ice Cream Man
  • Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
  • Eruption + Spanish Fly
  • You Really Got Me
  • Bottoms Up!
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59 minutes ago, TexasBeta said:

I don't think Fair Warning gets enough credit. That is a great album. I also love Women and Children First. I don't listen to anything post Diver Down. 

PS: Get off my lawn!

Throw in the first two albums, these two and that just about does it for me, VH-wise.  Top ten guitarist, underrated drummer and Michael Anthony could actually sing harmony, which Dave needed very, very badly

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If you haven't already and you're a fan of the band, check out the book Runnin' With The Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen by then manager Noel Monk.  Highly recommended.

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Here's the set list from the show I saw at The Checkerdome (St. Louis) on April 28, 1979:

  • Light Up The Sky
  • Somebody Get Me A Doctor
  • Drum solo
  • Runnin' With The Devil
  • Dance The Night Away
  • Beautiful Girls
  • On Fire
  • Bass solo
  • You're No Good
  • Jamie's Cryin'
  • Feel Your Love Tonight
  • Outta' Love Again
  • Ice Cream Man
  • Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
  • Eruption + Spanish Fly
  • You Really Got Me
  • Bottoms Up!
 

 

The one song I’ve never seen live with Roth and one of my favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

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No love for Gary Cherone? Or Eddie's vocals on "How Many Say I" from VHIII?
(ducks)

Seriously, I think I personally prefer the Sammy-era but I have nothing negative to say about the DLR-era. They were definitely a force and Eddie an other-worldly talent but their slicker/poppier/more produced stuff just resonates better with me.

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If you're in your early 50s or older you surely recall the palpable "what the fuck is this?" nationwide reaction to their debut album.  It completely knocked the cobwebs off what was becoming a pretty formulaic approach to rock, with all kinds of increasingly precise, bombastic bands ruling FM radio (Boston, Styx, Kansas, Journey, Fleetwood Mac, REO Speedwagon, Steely Dan, The Eagles, Toto, Foreigner, etc.).  

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I love a good Dave Vs Sammy Van Halen debate...

The original Van Halen lineup straight up changed the rock and will world forever. Just fantastic stuff. And better than the Sammy stuff in all accounts.

However, as I've stated many times before, I think the Sammy VH stuff just doesn't get near the credit it deserves. That was a great band and they wrote some damn great songs. And frankly I think Eddie deserves a ton of credit for realizing it was over with Dave and having the courage to blow it up and go the direction they did.

Also I've never understood the Sammy hate. Dave definitely had more of the dangerous rock and roll swagger in the early years than Sammy. But Dave is the douchebag, not Sammy.

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Admittedly I've always been a Sammy fan. Whoever mentioned 14 years old before is on to something - I was 14 and standing about 15 feet from Sammy doing his thing with Gary Phil and Electric Bill Church at the Texas Jam in 83 when it all clicked. Sammy, Ted Nugent, and Ric Emmet came out and did some Zeppelin covers to close his show right before Styx came out and killed the crowd with fucking Mr Roboto. That's the day it all really started for me.

 

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I've seen Sammy a couple of times, along with many interviews.  He is definitely the archetypal Wooderson 70's man-child.  That said, he has a phenomenal nose for business, he's a very talented guitar player and singer, and he seems to be an incredibly nice guy.  I have no problem with him.

To be honest, VH was never going back, even with DLR, once 1984 came out.  It was just such a monumental shift in their sound.  I can't blame Sammy for helping them expound on that theme.  I just don't like it very much.

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I wouldn't mind owning a tequila brand and a bar in Cabo and having all my rock star friends come jam with me every year for my birthday.
I agree, but age gracefully. I think this guy did a nice job after abandoning the bad dye jobs of the late 80's and 90's.

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7 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

I've seen Sammy a couple of times, along with many interviews.  He is definitely the archetypal Wooderson 70's man-child.  That said, he has a phenomenal nose for business, he's a very talented guitar player and singer, and he seems to be an incredibly nice guy.  I have no problem with him.

To be honest, VH was never going back, even with DLR, once 1984 came out.  It was just such a monumental shift in their sound.  I can't blame Sammy for helping them expound on that theme.  I just don't like it very much.

Exactly how I feel.

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I met Hagar-era Van Halen at the FEC when I worked as a security guy for their dressing room around 1991. They were cool as hell. I thought it would be a wild scene but they were totally tame, professional, but fun and cool. Eddie came out and warmed up for the show in a folding chair across from me -- talk about a holy shit moment. I told him he was my hero and he just smiled and said, "Yeah, I get that a lot." He signed stuff and was just generally very cool.

End humblebrag.

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2 hours ago, tbone_ said:

Idk man. I think mick jagger and Robert plant may have something to say about the A1 standard.

That's their right.  Freddie can sing circles around both those dudes, especially Jagger, and brings equal levels of on-stage panache.  Yeah, Plant in his prime is the only other dude that I think can challenge for A1. Dude was force of nature and had arguably a more marketable look.

But Mercury checks ALL the boxes.  And he doesn't just check some of those boxes, he's the king of some of those boxes.

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Let's all keep in mind that by 1985, this was DLR:
 
I love me some VH, and the early stuff was awesome, but nobody wanted an album of that DLR.
 
 
 
Maybe I didn't want to hear that album but that video played a not-insignificant role in my early adolescence.
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On 4/5/2018 at 2:31 PM, jimmyjazz said:

If you were 14 years old when their debut album was released, it's probably your favorite.  (Ahem.)

I was 12. But yeah, it's still in my top 5. Honestly, I remember the exact place I was when I heard this album for the first time. People forget that in 1978 we were smack dab in the middle of "disco fever". Thank God for VH1

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12 minutes ago, Cheeseweasel said:

I was 12. But yeah, it's still in my top 5. Honestly, I remember the exact place I was when I heard this album for the first time.

I do too.  Myself and a few friends were already getting into audio, mostly mid-fi stuff like Pioneer silver series, etc.  My buddy Stu's dad taught acoustics and they built a set of homemade speakers, and Stu invited us all over to hear this new album he had just bought.  He put it on the turntable, cranked his receiver, and when that choir of car horns came on and descended into the bass guitar, those homemade speakers made it through one note before crapping the woofers out on the second.  

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VH will always be one of the greatest bands ever.  Changed music, and for the record Fair Warning is the best VH album..  DLR era was incredible, but DLR had to go.  Hagar took VH to another level.  I saw VH on one of their last tours with DLR. Eddie was spot on, but Roth really is not good live.  He spent 20 minutes talking about his fucking sheep dogs.  Saw Sammy Hagar with his band the Circle recently.  He is 70 and can still bring it live.

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