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Van Halen To Release First Ever Live Album “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert”

As a few decades deep fan of the mighty Van Halen, I found the news about their first ever live album to be really exciting and I’m pleased to share the recent announcement about this upcoming release with you all. Let’s take a look. I’ll close out with some editorial thought at the end.

The Press Release:
Van Halen will release its first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It will be released as a double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally beginning March 31, 2015. Fans who pre-order Tokyo Dome Live In Concert before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of “Panama” and “Runnin’ With The Devil.”.

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Van Halen reinvented the sound of hard rock in 1978 with its influential and wildly successful eponymous debut album and then achieved even greater success six years later with 1984. Both albums would define a generation while selling more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. alone to earn diamond-certification from the RIAA. The band recently went back to the original analog tapes and remastered both of these landmark albums – Van Halen and 1984 – which are now also set for release on March 31, 2015 through Warner Bros. Records with pre-orders through Amazon available now.
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Van Halen: Live Photos @ Madison Square Garden (3/1/2012)

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Van Halen was performing at the venerated Madison Square Garden for two nights and I discussed my time at one of these shows at the narrative found on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy the photos that I was able to capture during this time.

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Van Halen by Ken Pierce (2012)

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Van Halen by Ken Pierce (2012)

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Van Halen @ Madison Square Garden (3/1/2012)

The Mighty Van Halen were back on tour and supporting a brand new album entitled “A Different Kind Of Truth” and tonight they would be bringing down the house for all their fans at a sold out Madison Square Garden. The band actually had also played a couple of days ago and in case you wondered that event was also long sold out. Good for them but bad for folks like myself who did not actually find themselves with a ticket to enjoy the festivities. I did manage to secure a photo pass which meant that I would see as many songs as would be allowed for the media and then that was it. This is the real way that it works though my friends as I documented in full in my slightly whimsical METALLICA REVIEW from a few years ago. Click the logo below to indulge in my concert thoughts and then swing back here to see some side images that are only here.

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Artist: Van Halen
Venue: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Opener: Kool and The Gang
Date: 3/1/2012
Label: Interscope Records

Since Internet attention is as fleeting as the proverbial speeding bullet I’m going to assume that the readership of the site out in our wonderful Metal Republic do not recall the narrative that I compiled when I attended the Metallica concert at this very same arena. The reason that I bring that particular show up is based on the fact that my Van Halen adventure went down in the very same fashion. I was without a ticket to attend since it was sold out and I had not been able to secure any sort of “media reviewer’s ticket” either but I did have the professional photographers pass. The down side of this would be I was only going to come away with photos and that all depended on the logistics that they put us in. Simply put, this was going to be a very short review summation.
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“Tattoo” (Single) by Van Halen

Artist: Van Halen
Title: “Tattoo” (Single)
Label: Interscope Records
Release Date: 1/10/2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 2.5/5

A few days ago, I shared the debut video of some brand-new Van Halen material with the clip of their single “Tattoo” which you can watch by clicking HERE if you’d care to. Now since I like to parse out my viewpoints in the review sense, I decided to add some deeper quick thoughts on the song itself as opposed to my notions on the music video which can be found at that link. In the timeline, this is the first new music by Van Halen with David Lee Roth since the two tracks on the “Best Of” release from some 15 years ago. The tune is a slow-moving number that keeps to its pace and doesn’t build to any type of chaos or super heavy parts. There is a nice guitar riff from Eddie, but I expected that much and as far as Alex goes he is keeping this to a four on the floor style. On bass is Eddie’s son Wolfgang and he does a fine job of locking in the rhythm section. I also believe he is singing some backup like his predecessor Michael Anthony used to.
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Watch Van Halen’s New Video “Tattoo”

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Last week the mighty Van Halen performed a “secret gig” at the legendary Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village. This intimate affair was only open to press and some industry VIP’s and before you ask the question, no, we were not in attendance (even though we asked to little success). The band did play a killer set which you can see in the photo that I copped from Eddie Trunk’s Twitter, but be advised that he said the last two listed numbers were not done.

Van Halen Set from Cafe Wha?

At the show the band announced a North American tour (gee ya think?) which would be in support of their forthcoming album “A Different Kind Of Truth”. I’ve embedded a link for you to order this on Amazon.com at the end of the post. The album would be the first official full length release with David Lee Roth since “1984”. Twenty seven years in the making I guess we can say so let’s hope for some magic. If you are keeping tally then you don’t need me to tell you that its been fourteen years since the last Van Halen album. Moving along, the band has released their first video from the new release and the song is called “Tattoo”. I embedded the Vimeo link for your discretion and wonder what you all think about it.

Van Halen - Tattoo from Van Halen on Vimeo.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: My first listen did nothing for me, but that can be expected since we all want the super greatness that made this band so special in the first place to hit us when any new material comes out. That is seldom the case. I felt a lot of DLR solo album vibe in this and also later years VH so I will remain hopeful that the rest of the album leaves us in shock (a good one I mean of course). Order the new release below and be sure to catch one of the tour dates. It’s been announced that Kool and the Gang will be the opener on selected dates of the tour. I’ll take the fifth on that. Also…

Before I forget to mention this, PiercingMetal.com was in attendance at the 2007 show at Madison Square Garden. We didn’t attend as media even though we were entrenched in this enterprise by then so no allotted tickets or photo passes were there for us to bring you right onto the stage. However, our review narrative was still done for the site fans and because we love this band. Check out the full article HERE and if you attended that show and feel like leaving it some comments, then by all means please do.

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