HomeMusicVan Halen make first national TV appearance… Roth bleeds Appearing for the first time on national television… the original line-up of Van Halen recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Eternal ham David Lee Roth made it about 20 seconds on stage before his buffoonery resulted in slicing his nose open. Dave has always tried to be the center of attention at all costs, but sometimes the mugging over-steps the reason he is on stage to begin with. To sing. He was one of the premiere hard rock vocalists in their prime. That’s not to say he’s lost it completely… as much as he gets distracted by his own schtick. Witness this out of time, struggling to stay in sync version of ‘Panama’. To be fair, the original attempt was better… but Roth had to go get taped up. Here is the first take where he messed up his face… He missed an awesome metal moment. He should have let that blood flow and just screamed Panama with streaks of red running down into and out of his mouth. Kids would have freaked and parents would have been appalled. It would have been the most metal thing to have happened on live TV since Janet Jackson decided to slip a nip. Here is the original take with the pause for Dave to go get fixed up like a little girl. The upside is the spontaneous jam to fill the space that took place between guitarist Eddie Van Halen and son Wolfgang on bass. The band sounded great, although it’s too bad they can’t get Michael Anthony on bass where he should be. “Running with the Devil” came off somewhat better, as did, “Dance The Night Away”. The boys will be on tour this summer 2015 supporting their live album, “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert” that hits March 31, 2015. This will be the first time the band has toured North America in three years. Van Halen 2015 Tour Dates: 07/05 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre 07/07 – Portland, OR @ Amphitheater Northwest 07/09 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion 07/11 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater 07/14 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 07/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre 07/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre 07/20 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 07/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater 07/24 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 07/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 07/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion 07/30 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion 08/01 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center 08/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center 08/05 – London, ON @ Western Fair District 08/07 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 08/09 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/11 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Center 08/13 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater 08/23 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park 08/25 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 08/27 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center 08/29 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live 08/31 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center 09/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center 09/04 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre 09/06 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 09/09 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater 09/11 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion 09/13 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 09/15 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre 09/17 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 09/21 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater 09/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion 09/25 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 09/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion 09/30 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre 10/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl Remember… this band used to be hard rock and fairly ‘dangerous’. The first time I ever heard the “F” word was on an Van Halen album. It was all down hill from there. Beyond cool.