Review: VAN HALEN Returns To Stage In Top Form

Melissa Ruggieri of The Richmond Times-Dispatch reviewed VAN HALEN's show at the MCI Center in Washington D.C. Friday night (June 25).

"When you're Eddie Van Halen and you've weathered a hip replacement, overcome tongue cancer and watched your marriage dissolve after 20 years, you deserve the ovation," she wrote.

"When you're Eddie Van Halen and can still slash, finger-tap and burn through a guitar solo at 49 with the same dexterity as 30 years ago, you deserve more than an ovation — you deserve an outpouring of affection from fans so deep it will make your eyes water.

"That appeared to happen to rock's virtuoso guitarist Friday, when Eddie Van Halen, his drumming brother Alex, 54, bassist Michael Anthony, 50, and goofball frontman Sammy Hagar, 56, tore into the early notes of 'Jump'. Though his mop of hair hung limply over his eyebrows, Eddie Van Halen had a misty look that said what the man later vocalized." Read more.


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