Van Halen at the Palace

Tonight I saw Van Halen for the second time.  The first time was right after the Van Halen 3 album, with singer Gary Cherone.  This time, David Lee Roth sang.  He is one energetic guy—he was doing all these crazy kicks the whole night.  They played for about 2 1/2 hours.  During the end of the second song, I was thinking how much I wanted to hear “Runnin’ With the Devil”, and about 10 seconds later, they played it!  Eddie did a special solo and he was doing things to the guitar from the back (he actually had the plate off the back).  I’ve never seen anyone do that before.  The encore was absolutely spectacular—it started out with a huge disco ball.  Then a blimp came out and floated around the crowd.  There were lasers and other light displays.  Then Roth carried out a huge blow-up microphone.  Then the best thing happened—all this confetti came out from the ceiling and was blown around by fans.  With the lights the way they were shining and the way the confetti pieces flipped and twirled, it was so magical-looking.  I’ve never seen such a beautiful confetti display.  I didn’t think any of the pieces would reach us, but just when the lights came on, one lone piece came twirling towards us and Brian caught it.  It was one of the most expensive shows I went to this summer (about $100 for a crappy seat on the side in the second level), but definitely well worth it.

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~ by kozmicdreams on October 22, 2007.

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