Sunday, July 9, 2017

Van Halen 2015-09-09 Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh, NC

Van Halen
September 9, 2015
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Raleigh, NC

Lineage: SP-CMC-8 > Tascam DR-2d > GoldWave > CDWave >FLAC(3)
Location: Row 7, center 
Taper: VH Drummer
Grade: A-

1. Light Up the Sky
2. Runnin' with the Devil
3. Romeo Delight
4. Everybody Wants Some!!
5. Drop Dead Legs
6. Feel Your Love Tonight
7. Somebody Get Me a Doctor
8. She's the Woman
9. China Town
10. I'll Wait
11. Drum Solo
12. Little Guitars
13. Dance the Night Away
14. Beautiful Girls
15. Women In Love...
16. Hot For Teacher
17. "Dirty Movies"
18. Dave Raps
19. Ice Cream Man
20. Unchained
21. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
22. Guitar Solo
23. You Really Got Me
24. Panama
25. Jump

Notes:
This was my first show with new mics, and the vocals occasionally clip. The levels looked good initially, but I'll
know what to adjust for next time. The sound up close was phenomenal--crystal clear vocals, crunchy guitar, and the
beauty of Alex's live sound--it was all there. The night before, I sold my two tickets on StubHub and used that
money to buy this seat. I've never been so close to these guys before, and it took me a few songs in to really
comprehend it all. Less than twenty feet away there they were--the David Lee Roth I'd seen and heard on recordings
since I was a teenager. The smiles of Ed. Alex's self-proclaimed fish-face when play. It was the first time I was
able to see it up close, and the $150 was worth it. Dave's vocal performance is spotty at best, but the energy is
there. Alex was a rock per usual. I thought Ed was a little off, certainly in comparison to other shows I've heard.
Wolf was great and really provided that spark of life for Ed throughout the night. It's a shame they cut "In a Simple
Rhyme" because I was really looking forward to that. I don't know if it was planned or was just decided throughout the
show. I did notice Dave and Ed having what looked like a serious conversation, though only for a few seconds. Maybe
that was discussing the set.

I also want to give a big thanks to all those who have shared their recordings so far this tour like ironchef and to
the dedicated collectors and encyclopedias of the VH live community: Loucap81 and markum7.


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