Sunday, March 4, 2012

Concert Review: Van Halen Were On Fire At Mohegan Sun

There’s just something about the Mohegan Sun Arena that the guys in Van Halen just love. On Van Halen’s last few tours, they made it a point to stop there for a show, even if it was out of the way. This included last Saturday night, after performing two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. The show at the Mohegan Sun Arena sold-out in less than an hour and fans packed the arena long-before Van Halen took that stage as not to miss one single moment.

This latest Van Halen tour had a lot to prove as their 2007 reunion tour was erratic and plagued with problems. Plus, on this tour, Van Halen had some new material from their recently released album, “A Different Kind Of Truth” which they performed along with the old classics.

One by one the members of Van Halen appeared onstage, beginning the evening with “Unchained.” The 22-song, 2 hour set list mixed in new songs like “Tattoo” and “She’s A Woman” with classics like “Runnin’ With The Devil” and “Everybody Wants Some.” Van Halen even brought out more obscure songs that have not been performed in almost thirty years like “Hear About It Later” and “Girl Gone Bad.”

David Lee Roth dressed like a fancy ringmaster. He wore a big grin on his face and was constantly moving the entire evening. His dance moves, high kicks and onstage antics keep the energy high, but all eyes focused on Eddie Van Halen whenever the guitar solo of each song arrived. Drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen kept the groove of the classic songs sound as good live as they have ever sounded in recent years. New songs like “China Town” and “The Trouble With Never” had Eddie Van Halen peeling off some of the most impressive solos of the night. That was until his performance of the guitar driven instrumentals “Eruption” and “Cathedral” that had the jaws of audience members hanging to the floor.

The only slow part of the evening came as David Lee Roth played some notes on an acoustic guitar while a video of his dogs shown on the drive-in movie size screen. Roth’s stories and jokes were sprinkled throughout the night whenever the moment seemed to call for it, but his exaggerated dance moves keep the showman in the spotlight the entire time.

A blazing performance of “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” came to an end as the members of Van Halen embraced one another as a show of respect for a job well done. But the evening wasn’t finished until the band performed their biggest hit single “Jump.” Red and white confetti covered the stage as Roth waved a big checkered flag signaling the end of another triumphant performance from one of the biggest classic rock bands of all time.

Runnin’ With The Devil
She’s A Woman
Romeo Delight
Everybody Wants Some
Somebody Get Me A Doctor
China Town
Hear About It Later
Oh, Pretty Woman
You Really Got Me
The Trouble With Never
Dance The Night Away
I’ll Wait
Hot For Teacher
Women In Love
Girl Gone Bad
Beautiful Girls
Ice Cream Man
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love

No comments: