More from that last Van Halen rehearsal: Apparently a lot of Metal Edge boldface names were in attendance; while some were content to just watch the show and pump their fists along with “Panama,” others apparently thought that their invitation to the festivities was also an invitation to jump on stage and let people in attendance know that they were, in fact, still alive, and available for guitar-playing/high-heel-wearing duties should any of the current members of Van Halen be struck down:
Some of the people in attendance were Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) METALLICA’s Kirk Hammett and Zakk Wylde. About two songs into the show, Zakk — who was front row — tried to get onstage with Eddie [Van Halen]. The security were wrestling to pull him off and David Lee Roth came over and said, ‘Nah, nah, nah. Are you in show biz? Then get off the stage. Get off the fucking stage.’ At that point Eddie came over and acknowledged Zakk, saying something to the effect of, ‘Hey, man, I can’t do this right now.’ Throughout the show though Eddie was smiling at Zakk. At one point Zakk swapped shoes with one of his guests (a girl who was wearing high heels) and spent a good portion of the show wearing these!!
You can see the DLR dressing-down in the above clip; it’s kind of sad to just see Wylde standing there, Courteney Cox-in-”Dancing In The Dark”-style, waiting to be held aloft by his heroes, only to get a dressing-down from one of them. On the bright side, his foray into high-heel-wearing–while at a show! what a trouper!–has probably all but guaranteed him a spot in Roth’s next home video, or at the very least season 12 of The Surreal Life.