Van Halen @ Sleep Train Amphitheater – 09/30/2015
September ended with a bang as Pasadena bad boys Van Halen returned to Southern California to play one of three remaining shows of the second leg of their 2015 summer tour. On Wednesday night September 30, Sleep Train Amphitheater was packed with Van Halen fans of all ages. With three of the four original members of the band in place, Van Halen took the stage and kicked off the two-hour show with “Light Up The Sky”.
David Lee Roth in his classic “Dave” self, entertained the crowd every step of the way. From wearing a cowboy hat to sliding across center stage dancing, he was nonstop energy and smiles. The first set of songs brought the show through some early Van Halen era songs then went into Alex Van Halens drum Solo. The drum solo was a crowd pleaser as he showed off his skills on his massive drum kit and then the band went right into “Little Guitars”. Diamond Dave continued to keep the crowd entertained throughout the entire set as Wolfgang Van Halen provided all the bass licks in fine fashion as well as doing a nice job on all the vocal harmonies.
The highlight of the night was without a doubt Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo. Ripping through parts of Eruption and other classic EVH guitar riffs, he left many in the crowd picking up their jaws off the floor as he amazed all in attendance with his finger magic. The band powered through a few more classic hits before closing out the show with two of their biggest hits off their 1984 album with “Panama” and “Jump”.
One of the best arena rock shows in 2015, Van Halen has successfully proved over the last three months they may be a bit older but can still deliver a killer rock n roll show. Van Halen moves to their home town of Los Angeles for the last two shows of this tour at the Hollywood Bowl on October 2 and October 4.
Van Halen Set List:
Light Up the Sky | Runnin’ With the Devil | Romeo Delight | Everybody Wants Some!! | Drop Dead Legs | Feel Your Love Tonight | Somebody Get Me a Doctor | She’s the Woman | I’ll Wait | Drum Solo | Little Guitars | Dance the Night Away | Beautiful Girls | Women in Love | Hot for Teacher | “Dirty Movies” | Ice Cream Man | Unchained | Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love | Guitar Solo | You Really Got Me | Panama | Jump