A Different Kind Of Truth 2012 Tour
Van Halen, with special guests Kool & The Gang
Date: Sunday, March 11th
Venue: TD Garden
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: Packed to the fucking roof. At least 17,000.
Ticket cost: $265. My first (and hopefully only) purchase from Stubhub.
When you are a Van Halen fan, you learn to be patient. Four years after I first saw them in 2007, they announced the new album and tour the day after Christmas and it was the best present I got in 2011.
Literally the only thing that prevented me from giving this the #1 spot was Dave. He didn't sound anywhere near as good as he did in '07. However, I was focused on Ed the entire night. Seeing him, at 57 years old, completely clean, sober and happy was one of the best things I've ever seen. His playing was off the fucking charts. Al was his usual drumming machine self, which is always a great thing. Wolf improved by leaps and bounds over 2007. The new album has some incredible bass licks.
Overall, an awesome night that I'll never forget.
Get Down On It
Runnin' With The Devil
She's The Woman
Everybody Wants Some!!
Somebody Get Me A Doctor
Hear About It Later
Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison cover)
You Really Got Me (The Kinks cover)
The Trouble With Never
Dance The Night Away
Hot For Teacher
Women In Love
HANG 'EM HIGH (First time played live since 12/11/1982)
Ice Cream Man (John Brim cover)
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love