David Lee Roth

Van Halen 2012 Tour

Van Halen recently released their first new album in fifteen years, Different Kind of Truth, with front man David Lee Roth.

Their initial single from the album “Tattoo“ was met with mixed reviews:

“Crappy un-imaginative song, Crappy un-imaginative video………..This sucks! I really was hoping to like what I heard but I’m pretty let down that this is the best they could come up with. Van Halen 4?”

“it’s almost immediately forgettable regardless of a solid Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, but it’s otherwise bathroom-break material for the upcoming tour.”

When they released their new album fans started to change their tune. While the album continues to get some mixed reviews, it continues to gain ground. As of this week Different Kind of Truth is #2 on the Mainstream Rock charts, second to Black Keys.

Some of the positive feedback:

“After a couple of months since this album came out, I can’t believe how incredible it really is.”

“This album has truley (sic) come at a time in which “Rock and Roll” was really dead! As a singer in a band, trying to find modern rock n roll that could actually be sang live was almost impossible! The over processed music today is just…fake, uninspiring and talentless. “A Different Kind of Truth” is a roll down the window and turn it up kind of album.”

Putting aside all the reviews, you can judge for yourself as Van Halen kicks off their Van Halen 2012 Tour starting this month.

The original dates skipped Sacramento entirely, but they will be coming through on a later leg of their tour on August 25th at Power Balance Pavilion.

Be there – then decide.

It’ll be a trip seeing David Lee Roth bouncing around the stage regardless!

Van Halen is Back with DLR!

Van Halen just recently released their first single “Tattoo” off their new album A Different Kind of Truth, due to be released on February 7.

It’s been over fifteen years since David Lee Roth fronted Van Halen and now they’re back to make music history ““ maybe.

Tattoo has everything from David Lee Roth’s soaring vocals to Eddie Van Halen’s magical fingers on guitar, and everything else in between, including a good solid backbeat.

So why do so many fans not like it?

It’s definitely not Van Halen’s more aggressive and raw sound that hardcore fans are looking for. It’s missing Michael Anthony on bass, but Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang does a decent job.

Could it be that the song is more reminiscent of a Diamond Dave tune? I don’t think so.

Here are a couple of the comments out there in the ether.

“Crappy un-imaginative song, Crappy un-imaginative video………..This sucks! I really was hoping to like what I heard but I’m pretty let down that this is the best they could come up with. Van Halen 4?”

“it’s almost immediately forgettable regardless of a solid Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, but it’s otherwise bathroom-break material for the upcoming tour.”

I do know that the tune has that likability factor. You know those songs you hear the first time and say, “Whatever, it’s ok.” but on subsequent listens you start to think, “Wow, this really is a good song.” You find yourself driving to work humming the song, and before you know it you can’t get it out of your head.

Roth definitely shines, not only on the track, but in the video as well, with his signature flamboyant personality, Roth energetically dances from one side of the stage to the other throughout the video.

For the fans that want the old Van Halen? This is the old Van Halen. “Tattoo” shares the main riff and basic verse structure with “‘Down in Flames,’ which Van Halen performed several times on the band’s 1978 tour, but never made it onto an album.

While many think this song doesn’t quite hit the mark, I believe it does. Only time will tell.

Now we have to wait until February 7 to hear the rest of the album. In the meantime, I’m headed out to get a new tat!

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