I was a pretty big Van Halen fan back in the day. I spent hours listening to their albums while trying to draw the perfect VH symbol on my notebooks and book covers - but never on my jean jacket (though I’m not sure if it was because I was too cool, or just too afraid I’d mess it up!)
Speaking of messing things up, I even stuck with them through “5150,” when Sammy Hagar showed up and pussified their sound. That is until I found Tesla’s “Mechanical Resonance” and realized I didn’t need Van Hagar anymore. Besides, to me, the real Van Halen will always be the David Lee Roth led version.
But any thoughts I might have had about checking out the recent reunion efforts were quickly quelled when I saw who they would be touring with for their big comeback….
Kool & The Gang
Yes, you heard me right. The mighty Van Halen will have Kool & The Gang as their opening act. And while I have nothing against the band and their music, and in fact , really like “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down on It,” they are not a rock band by any means. For one thing, they have an ampersand in their name! Umlauts are cool. Ampersands, not so much. And then there's this...
Point is, after seeing such a double bill, I didn’t even have to listen to the “new” VH album to know it was going to suck. So rather than waste my money and taint my fond memories, I’m just going to go back to 1978 (and “1984”) and enjoy some real music. Seems like everything was cooler back then. Even Kool & the Gang!