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Posted on Jan 11, 2012, 9:57:44 AM PST
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Steve says:
Tattoo sounds essentially like a mid tempo DLR solo track with an Eddie solo flown in, but it's definitely growing on me (I'm a fan of the DLR solo stuff as well). I'll be buying the album as soon as it's available.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012, 10:15:07 AM PST
Working Man says:
I am not too impressed yet. It doesn't s#*k but I was hoping for more. I definitely need to wait to hear more of the album, so I probably won't be pre-ordering it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012, 10:17:42 AM PST
Sammy Hagar... no questiono about it.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012, 12:45:35 PM PST
Eddie Bell says:
At this point in time, Sammy is a much better choice. That's who I'd rather see with VH live. Sammy can still bring it live, DLR...not so much. Back in the day, he was IT. He didn't have to be the best singer...he swaggered around, flirted with the women, talked junk and cranked out a scream here and there....and it was GREAT. I saw them twice back then.
But now? Who wants to see a 57 year old acting like that? He's certainly not doing the same act these days, but his voice simply can't bring it, LIVE.
I saw them 3 times on their last tour, because I love VH.....and that got the Dave reunion out of my system.
I'm interested in the new album, and I hope it's good. Tatoo is kind of weak, though.
But for a live show? I'd rather see Sammy now.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012, 6:37:47 AM PST
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vivazappa says:
Ditto to what Working Man just said!

Tattoo doesn't land in the heart of s*cksville...but it's on the boarder...I hoping for more from the record...the tour...maybe.

Now Chickenfoot...heLL yeah!!!

Posted on Jan 12, 2012, 11:17:49 AM PST
David Lee Roth. Easy question to answer for many reasons, but the main reason is originality. What Dave brings to the band is a completely unique voice, and the PERFECT foil for Eddie and Alex's chemistry and musicianship. Sammy is a talented guy, with much more vocal range-but what he isn't is terrribly charismatic-not when put aside Roth anyway. The thing is, Sammy is SOMEBODY's perfect fit, just not Van Halen's-because they already have amazing musicianship they don't need Sammy for that, so his strengths end up a bit redundant. And Sammy can't bring what Dave brings-and THAT is what puts the DLR version-the original version of VH-over the top in my opinion. Dave is every bit as responsible for the band's identity as the VH brothers, and when he's not there Sammy is not a substitute for Dave's personality. Musically more diverse with Sammy, but less unique.
In case you were confused, my choice is Dave!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2012, 11:24:57 AM PST
@ T.Boyle-Geez dude, talk about reading into a video. I don;t know where you got any of that Eddie is tired of Dave stuff, because they all look to me like they are genuinely having a ball. I think you ARE imssing the meaning-it's called having fun and not taking yourself too seriously. Kind of what VH is about.It isn't supposed to be perfect. And reading up on what's been happening with the band, i get the sense they are all very comfortable with things these days, nothing forced about it. Looking very forward to this version of VH.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012, 11:39:05 AM PST
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J. Beaver says:
Saw a video of Dave performing with his former band mates awhile back, can't remember where it was from. But I remember looking at his costume and thinking: "So that's what became of Liberace's wardrobe." Dave is just a cheesy lounge-singer at heart (case in point: his cover of "Just a Gigolo"), but he has personality in buckets. Poor old Sammy just isn't in the same league in terms of charisma. Showmanship is what VH is all about.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012, 11:45:25 AM PST
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Big Daddy - agreed on the video. Nobody read that deep into the 'Jump' vid - I think what's amazing is that they can agree to work on any project at all at this point. Isn't that what many were hoping for all these years? Are there people out there who think they are going to get a Gazzarri's-era VH in the 21st century? I don't know. (shrugs)

No slag on Sammy (I prefer the DLR era by a wiiiiiide margin), but I remember seeing the '5150' tour and Sammy was trying to pull chicks up onto the stage ala 'Dancing in the Dark' (Springsteen) video, and he kept trying to get them to pay any attention to him. He'd hold onto them and they'd claw at him to get away and run to Eddie. (snicker) It was kind of amusing, yet sad - but he was asking for it wearing those nasty mustard colored munchkin shoes, wasn't he? Great show by the way - it contended with any VH tour I'd seen from 'Fair Warning' on up.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012, 1:31:11 PM PST
T. Boyle says:
Maybe I am reading too much into the video, but "Jump" is a good example of a performance-type video that seems as though the band is actually having fun. By comparison, "Tattoo" seems forced and tired. Couple that with the obvious unsynced vocals and random sections irrelevantly shown in reverse, and you have a poor excuse of a music video.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012, 7:04:34 AM PST
ive been a VH fan for basically my entire life (especially DLR, but even enjoyed hagar), but i must say im disappointed with Tattoo. jus doesnt sound like them. im still buying the album though..im loyal

Posted on Jan 13, 2012, 7:50:57 PM PST
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Agreed, I'll buy it to support one of my all time favorites. I'm glad I saw 'em four years ago, because they have apparently chosen to skip Ohio entirely this go-around.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012, 5:47:21 PM PST
B. rogers says:
Just heard "Tattoo" on the radio on my way home tonight.

It's better when you just "hear" it and not watch the video.

It's *good*, not *great*. I'll definitely buy the album.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012, 3:53:47 PM PST
I saw an interview with Sammy on the Guitar World website today. He pretty much blasted VH, and went on and on about Chickenfoot. Sorry, VH at their worst is better than Chickenfoot. I was actually disappointed by that band.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012, 6:09:48 PM PST
T. Boyle says:
van-halen.com now has several samples available from the new album. I'll have to listen a few more times to form an opinion, but there are some diverse tracks - a couple of hard rockers and a fun, goofy track are noteworthy.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012, 5:42:45 PM PST
Eddie Bell says:
The new album is great! Listened to it several times now. Eddie has LITERALLY not missed a beat. His playing is awesome. About the only negative is when Roth tries to sing well above his range on a few songs. He sounds terrible when he does that. But overall, the album is killer.....it really just keeps getting better the more you listen to it.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012, 8:05:35 PM PST
Working Man says:
I was not going to buy it when I heard Tattoo. However, after reading so many reviews here I went for it and I like it very much. I have been starting it on track 2 becuase I am really afraid I will actually burn out on Tattoo. I am going to limit my listens to that album opener and try not overplay it.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012, 7:49:47 AM PST
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vivazappa says:
I hope they play the best tunes from the record on this tour...
They gotta play "Stay Frosty"!!!!!!!!!!!
And skip "Ice Cream Man" since they are similar...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012, 12:54:15 PM PST
I agree Christa Bell. Everything is pretty good up to when DLR forces it a few times.

I am skeptical about the 5 and 1 star reviews...did they really listen to the entire album? I really like this, but the first 6 DLR fronted Van Halen albums are better. This is better than most of the DLR solo stuff with the exception of Eat Em And Smile. I might even still rank 5150 ahead of this. The rest of the Hagar led VH is not as good.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012, 1:09:48 PM PST
J. Beaver says:
Christa Bell,

Not Chrysta Bell? Love 'That Train'.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012, 2:47:42 PM PST
B. rogers says:
Listened to it a few times...it FAR exceeded my expectations. Needless to say...only time will tell how it ultimately stacks up to the 1978-84 classics...but I'll tell you right now...I dig it!!!!

Posted on Feb 11, 2012, 2:56:50 PM PST
B. rogers says:
I think I'm pretty confident, though, that I already like it better than "1984".

Posted on Feb 11, 2012, 3:51:09 PM PST
B. rogers says:
On second thought...I don't know if I like it "better" than "1984"...it's just that if it is *better* than any DLR-era VH album it would be that one.

Long story short...it's pretty good. Much better than expected from these grandpas.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012, 4:29:29 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 12, 2012, 11:15:51 AM PST
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