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Van Halen

Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 7:30p
Budweiser Gardens London, ON

Van Halen at Budweiser Gardens.

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One of the best and most popular American hard rock/heavy metal bands, primarily distinguished by the fleet fingers of guitarist Eddie Van Halen. ~ Rovi
Location & Nearby Info
Budweiser Gardens
99 Dundas St.
London, ON N6A 6K1
(519) 667-5700
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Reviews & Comments
Feb 13, 2008 - Buddyguyrocks on Van Halen
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I Like most of the other reviewers was as excited as any to see my favorite band from back in my High school days. Needless to say, I was disappointed with the show.
What i can't get over is that all of the other comments say the same thing!that "The Sound Sucked" and apparently no one at Van Halen is reacting to the feedback!!!
I'll say it again; The sound engineer needs to "FIRED!!!"
I did'nt have bad seats, i was about 27 rows up and on DLRs' side about half way down.It started pretty shitty and then there was slight improvement but the songs came out muffled; and as big a fan as i am it would take me about a minute to figure out what the song was!
I was'nt expecting Diamond Dave to be able to belt it out like when i saw them 3 times in the Eighties and he came right out and said his voice was off.But, if they could have gotten the sound together i would have enjoyed it much more.
The band was great and "Wolfie" is no Micahel Anthony but did an excellent job.So hey guys get the sound together!!
I'm going to go again next week when they come back so i can relive my youth once again and hope that from a different angle i can get my moneys' worth.

(no rating) Feb 11, 2008 - bookert on Van Halen
I feel totally scammed!

I hate to write such a critique of my favorite rock band. In 2004, I saw Sammy with VH from about 17 rows back at the same venue and it rocked! Clear sound, etc. Though Sam had put on some weight, the show was full of energy and enthusiasm and for 75 bucks, I was very happy. So, this time I again sprung for floor seats. I was the 1st in line, shelled out 150 bucks and voila, floor seats that looked a few rows out from the stage dock was to extended out into the audience. Twice the price of 2004! But it's VH right? You can imagine our disappointment when we were ushered to the next to the last row on the right side of the floor. After bitching and moaning, looking at the chalk marked rows to confirm what must be an illusion and discussing it with other pissed off fans around us, I went to ask a security guy guarding the sound board setup what had happened to the seating arrangement. It seems the "artist" dictates the arrangement and can change it to meet their desires. Well, in doing so, many fans got screwed. The seat locations were totally out of sync with the seating chart and the stage dock was much different than what was portrayed on the web. Here we are thinking we are at least hallway down and we end up next to the last row. Had I chose the seats on the sides, it would have been a much better view for the same price, which btw, I'll not pay again. We were section 4, row V... Section 7 behind us consisted of 1 row. I believe it takes at least two rows to constitute a section. Not according to VH/Phillips Arena. Ok, this sucked but I was still going to see Van Halen ala David Lee Roth. Ahh but the pain continues. From the opening song, the sound was mush. No separation between instruments, making it difficult to realize what song was being played. For a guitarist that has a reputation for being picky about his sound, this was a surprise. I thought at first they would get it worked out but as I continued to watch, nothing changed. Eddie's lead riffs were lost in the mush. I could barely tell he was playing though I could see his fingers on the huge LCD panel to confirm he was at least going through the motions. David was catatonic in comparison to Sammy in 2004. He mostly just walked around and sang lyrics you could barly hear. Though he was obviously in very good shape for his age and still had a few martial arts moves including using his microphome stand whirling but he seemed disjointed from the moment. I guess he is shaving his chest these days to show off his svelte body. All in all, it reminded me of the L.A. rehearsal video I saw online and I expected more than rehearsal quality. During Ed's solo, the only time his guitar could be heard, the sound went completely out for about a minute and even Eddie seemed stumped as to what was going on. I have heard this has happened at the Toronto concert my workmate attended. If this is part of the show it is a cruel joke. No apologies from the band. Just commercial mush at its best. Wolfie appeared to be having fun and it was cool seeing father and son rocking but not worth the ticket price. They have taken my money for the last time. Maybe 166 (w/junk fees) bucks per seat doesn't mean much to some people but to allot of folks that have supported them over the years, it was a slap in the face. Most everyone was commenting on the poor sound quality upon exiting for the night. Too bad, I could have spent 25 bucks on a bottle of JD and watched "Live without a Net" at home for a better time. Unfortunately, I spent over 200 bucks (including drinks) total to see "Live without a Clue". Regardless of the seats, VH owes their fans in Atlanta a LARGE APOLOGY for such a poor production. I agree with dlonga76, fire the sound engineer! But upon exit, he should be caned with David's microphone stand.

Sammy,we miss you!

Feb 11, 2008 - dlonga76 on Van Halen
Eddie was great; sound sucked

What a pitiful excuse for a sound mixing job at last night's concert. We were high up to the left of the stage and the sound was horrible. You couldn't distinguish individual instruments, notes, lyrics, anything. It was just one loud muddled mess of noise. Usually you were a minute or two into the song before you recognized one of their classic songs. Also, David Lee Roth was out of tune and off rythem. Eddie's solo's were amazing however. Overall a major disappointment. Sound engineer should be fired.

Jan 26, 2008 - pmdubo on Van Halen
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When we purchased out tickets we knew we would be in the "nosebleed" section, however, we thought that the concert promoters would have taken the time to do the necessary sound checks etc. to ensure all attending this concert would walk out feeling their hard earned money spent to pay for the Van Halen 07-08 tour would have been well spent. Much to our discontent we could not have been more disappointed. After driving 5 hours from Dallas and looking forward to this event for months all we recieved was a faint bumping muffled sound where we sat. I've been attending concerts for over 30 years and never have I been as upset over the quality of sound as I was Thursday night. I know that others felt the same, everyone that was there that feels the same please speak up and send a note to the following address. Live Nation 2000 W. Loop South Suite 1300 Houston, Texas 77027

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