Van Halen Has Not Quite Reached “Shiny Machine” Status Yet

Sep 17th, 2007 // 11 Comments

Here’s a one-minute clip of the new-ish version of Van Halen performing “Panama” at what’s apparently the band’s final rehearsal before it embarks on its desperate cash grab reunion tour later this fall. David Lee Roth seems to be bosedy-bosedy-bopping his way through more than one of the lyrics, and at one point he calls someone (Wolfie?) “junior,” I think. At least the backing vocals sound good, right? Oh, right, they’re on tape.

Van Halen Last Practice before Tour 2007 [YouTube, via Blabbermouth]


  1. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    Actually, I’m pretty sure that the backing vocals aren’t on tape.

    How do I know this, you ask? Because they sound like an abortion.

    Why do I feel like I dodged a bullet by NOT picking up tickets to this show?

  2. Whigged

    @Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee: Hmmm – now a 54 second, glorified cellphone YouTube vid of a REHEARSAL is enough to dismiss the whole tour as shite? Good call. Technology really is amazing.

  3. Jupiter8

    Man that was awful…that poor Wolfgang. His mom’s diet commercials are less embarassing.

  4. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    @Whigged: I wasn’t aware that TouTube videos often feature pitch-shifted audio. Huh… You learn something new every day.

    The clip sounds like shit. That’s all there is to it. Wolfie and Ed’s backup vocals make it sound like they don’t even want to be there.

    Keep in mind, they’re almost done with rehearsals – if the band doesn’t have it’s act together by now, I don’t know how fantastic they’ll sound once they get out there and play night after night after night.

    As for “dismissing the whole tour as shite,” I’m FAR from the only person out there to be of that opinion. Not even seeing “Romeo Delight” on the rehearsal setlist can convince me that I made a mistake in not shelling out over $100 (plus service fees) to see this show.

  5. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    I will say this, though… Ed’s guitar tone sounds fantastic. I HATED the Hagar/Cherone-era tone.

    Nice to hear more of the original “hot-rodded” Marshall sound in there, for sure!

  6. Whigged

    @Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee: I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun watching the sloppy antics of Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar for $19.95 at a Beltway buffet near you this fall.

    For everyone else, check out [] for more from the other night, and you’ll find it’s hard to disagree that this really is what Van Halen fans have been waiting for.

    Funny, but even on the hardcore VH boards, former haters are begrudgingly giving this props.

  7. MrStarhead

    You can clearly see Wolfgang singing into DLR’s mic, so those backing vocals are live. Bad, but live.

  8. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    @Whigged: …and are the people on the “hardcore VH boards” getting their panties in a bunch over the opinion of a few naysayers like you are? Yeesh!

    Apparently Van Halen fanboys can give Tool fanboys a run for their money.

  9. cockfightbarmitzvah

    @Whigged: And don’t forget about Gary Cherone’s exclusive 7-day engagement at Johnny Ump’s Sports Bar/Lounge in Levittown, LI next month too.

  10. CaligulaHamSandwich

    Hey, I was at this show/rehearsal, and I had heard all of one VH song in my 29 years (the one on the Pepsi Clear commercial. So that’ll tell you a bit about how invested I am in fangirling DLR and EVH and. . .them). Panama (I know this song because they keep yelling “Panama”) and “Jump” (which I know thanks to an SNL skit in the 90s, I think) and some other song were all in the “second encore” and everyone seemed to be off their game at that point. Up until then, DLR was in fine voice (I mean, just judging as someone who’s a fan of live music) and the guitar-playing was great (I even enjoyed a guitar SOLO, which is. . .not what I typically do).

    Uh, so I guess I think that people who like Van Halen will really like this show. But it’s a pity that “Jump,” which seems like a very difficult song to sing, can’t be moved up in the setlist.

  11. AcidReign

        I’ve been to 6 or 7 van Halen live shows back in the day, and this sounds better, mix-wise, than any of those old days! At least you can hear a bit of guitar this go-round. On the other hand, Ed wasn’t exactly in sync with the rest of the band… Panama’s a messy song, rhythmically. Still, if you can’t hit the downbeat at the same time as the drummer, it’s not going to work, even if the song’s basically one long guitar solo/riff/fill-fest! Having complained about that, Ed still has some magic in those fingers.


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