Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I saw Van Halen last night and it was the most incredible display of guitar playing I have ever seen in my life.
I have been to hundreds of metal/hard rock concerts, seen pretty much all of the "guitar gods" out there and none of them compare to what I experienced last night. Eddie was so good it was ridiculous. 3 or 4 songs in I already knew it was the best guitar playing I have heard, but when it came solo time..... man. I'm not a fan of guitar solos and that's usually when I take a leak. This solo was jaw dropping. Imagine Eruption but extended much longer and sounding even better but seeing every crazy note played on the big screen. Nuts. Me and the people around me were laughing/shrugging/throwing up their arms etc. and looking at each other like, "can you believe this??" He then played a song called Cathedral which I always assumed was on a synthesizer or organ... nope he plays that sh*t on guitar.
I'm no VH fanboy either. I'm more into metal, but always liked VH growing up. I kind of assumed that Eddie was overrated or that what's on the recordings was done by some kind of studio doctoring etc. Nope. He sounded better than he does on the albums. Not just the solos either, the riffs were crazy sharp, distinct, crunchy, etc. It's like the guy is pitch perfect with the guitar.
I know I'm going on and on, but that is how impressed I was.
If I hadn't gone and was reading this I wouldn't believe it, I thought Eddie was just a crazy old man at this point (well, he still may be
). I did not expect this....
Now, Dave on the other hand.... very entertaining but he can't hit a lot of the notes.