Belfast Telegraph

Reformed Van Halen in New York gig

Van Halen got their reunion tour off with a bang, delighting an audience of VIPs in a tiny New York venue.

Playing their biggest hits including Jump and Panama, the band went down a storm at the famous Cafe Wha? in West Village.

Ahead of the show, David Lee Roth said he was more nervous than he would be if they were playing in the city's massive Madison Square Garden arena.

Joining him was Eddie Van Halen on guitar, brother Alex Van Halen on drums and Eddie's son Wolfgang on bass.

The group will release A Different Kind Of Truth, their first album with Roth as lead singer since the album 1984, on February 7. Their tour also starts in February.

"Welcome to Occupy Van Halen, ladies and gentleman!" frontman Roth yelled just before the band launched into You Really Got Me, the first in an approximately hour-long, high energy set.

The Cafe Wha? is owned by Roth's uncle, Manny, and his nephew noted some of the greats that played in the club - including Bob Dylan.

"This has been a really long time coming," Roth told the audience.

The band hardly seemed rusty. Though his microphone was weak, Roth's voice was not, as his signature screech was in top form, as was Eddie Van Halen's scorching guitar play on songs like Hot For Teacher and Dance the Night Away.

Roth joked about the small size of the club, saying: "The last time I stood on a stage this low, I had to get the car home by midnight."

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