Van Halen Live = Ear Boners

We may’ve had our doubts, but Van Halen — back with less hair, some rehab tales, and a little-kid bassist — launch their fall tour in Charlotte, NC next week. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian saw one of last weeek’s pre-tour rehearsals at LA Forum and posted about it on his MySpace blog:

They were fucking amazing (ear-boners). Seriously, the hair on my arms was standing up. Dave sang great, Eddie was shredding, Alex is a fucking monster and Wolf was perfect. Great on bass and hit every high note. The set list was 2 1/2 hours of the best shit. I’m The One, Atomic Punk, Romeo Delight, Somebody Get Me A Doctor, Mean Street, Unchained and so many more. Do whatever you gotta do to get tix to see this. FINALLY!!!!! A real full blown arena rock act!!!!! It’s like listening to the soundtrack of America since 1978.

It’s unclear what happens when you get an “eye-boner” — is it painful? embarrassing? do you refuse to stand up when called to the front of the classroom? Maybe vid clips of said VH practice nights will give you a firsthand understanding. We got a couple for ya along with pics (courtesy of Rolling Stone and tourdates, so you might as well jump.

Okay, that solo to “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” did something. And how’s about some “Panama”?

Diamond Dave’s crowd interaction into “Romeo Delight”?

Diss if you will, and we do miss Michael Anthony’s backing vocals ‘n’ JD bass, but they actually sound pretty great. Good luck staying on the sauce, Michael. More pics from the rehearsals…

Nice hat, David. Van Halen updated tourdates…

09/27 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Bobcats Arena
09/29 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
10/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
10/05 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
10/07 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
10/12 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Field House
10/16 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
10/18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/20 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
10/22 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
10/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/28 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
10/30 – Boston, MA @ TD Banknorth Garden
11/01 – Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center
11/03 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
11/08 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
11/10 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
11/13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
11/23 – Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.Com Arena
11/25 – San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
11/27 – Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
11/29 – Fresno, CA @ Savemart Center
12/01 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
12/03 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
12/05 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
12/07 – Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
12/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
12/16 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion at San Jose
12/18 – Anaheim, CA @Honda Center
12/22 – Oakland, CA @Oracle Arena

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