Concert Review: Van Halen Improvises Way Through Set

Today’s Van Halen seems more like a cast of characters promptly thrown on stage to see if they can make music together. They certainly look the part and musically it often seemed that way on Saturday night’s performance at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. The two-hour, 24 song set, which included a guitar and drum solo, was at times the ultimate in hard rock but it often dragged. The band blazed through the first five songs featuring two of their latest “She’s the Woman” and the single “Tattoo” from the album A Different Kind of Truth, released in February, but … Continue reading Concert Review: Van Halen Improvises Way Through Set

Concert Review: Joy and pain, all in a Rush

Editor’s Note: My first concert review appearing in the “Show” section of the Orange County Register on September 25, 2002. Review: Themes of loss – the emotional cornerstone of the trio’s latest album tinge its first area concert in five years. Only a Rush fan can sit through three hours of Rush. And legions of the devoted came to watch their heroes Monday in the band’s first Southern California appearance in five years and first ever at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The near-capacity crowd of 15,000 watched Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart crank through a 28-song set … Continue reading Concert Review: Joy and pain, all in a Rush