Remember last week, I snuck that paragraph in about the new Van Halen album. I expressed my skepticism, anxiety, fear of expectations not being met, fear of disappointment. Well, I have been sleeping better lately on that front, because I found a few videos on Vimeo, that reminded me why I loved Van Halen in the first place and why – being an eternal romantic – I have been hoping so much, that there be a reunion between the VH brothers and David Lee Roth. Alright, I will get over it, Michael Anthony is not there anymore. It will take some time, but I will.
What caused this change of heart is this: Here is a link to an awesome rendition of “You really got me” which will be part of the DeLuxe Edition when the new album comes out on Feb. 7th 2012.
There are a few more videos of the band, but this one to me shows that Van Halen is still Van Halen. True, Van Halen has aged, Dave has no mane anymore and they will not be the Van Halen, that blew the late 70’s and early 80’s to smithereens. It will be a different band, but one I will still want to listen to, because the essence of Van Halen hasn’t changed. They will still kick ass.
I like what I see and hear in this video. I hope that the brothers and Dave have found a way to deal with each other, that will allow them to not let their egos get in the way of great Rock’n’Roll music.
Having said that, my plea to the band – however unlikely it is that they will actually ever visit my blog – “Don’t let me down! Don’t F&^k it up! There are thousand of people like me out there having been loyal fans all these DECADES. We do not want to be disappointed. If you win us over, new generations will follow.”
Alright, people stay sharp