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Monday / December 18.
  • Van Halen Plays 250-Seat Cafe Wha?, Announce Dates

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    Diamond Dave played with Van Halen Thursday night at the 250-seat Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village.

    David Lee Roth’s 92-year-old uncle, Manny, founded the club. Jimmy Fallon and John McEnroe were among those in the crowd.

    Judging by these videos, they sounded rough but ready to rumble. The band will tour in 2012 and has a new album out next month.

    Here’s an excerpt from a piece by Andy Greene of Rolling Stone, who was in the house.

    I stood a good five feet in front of Eddie Van Halen (dressed in ripped jeans and a black t-shirt) and the man played absolutely flawlessly. It was a beautiful sight.  Before the start of a Van Halen tour you never know what Ed you’re getting. The 2004 Van Hagar Ed was a drunken, shirtless mess. The 2007/08 reunion Ed was cleaned up and together, and that clearly is the case today. While Roth ordered drinks from the stage and took some shots, Ed restricted himself to bottled water and a couple of Red Bulls. 

    About half a second after the end of “You Really Got Me,” Wolfgang Van Halen played the opening notes of “Running With The Devil.” By that point that crazy reality that we were seeing Van Halen in a tiny, sweaty basement club began to kick in. These songs (not to mention the performers) were programmed to rock massive baskeball arenas. Seeing that all that energy crammed into a basement club was surreal. It’s a shame so few fans outside of the press were able to witness it.  

    It was clear that Dave’s voice isn’t quite as strong as it was back in the day, but he more than compensated for that with incredible energy and charisma. It must be said, however, that original bassist Michael Anthony’s backing vocals were sorely missed. They need them now more than ever, and as talented a bassist as Wolfgang clearly is (especially for a 20-year-old), it was a real lame move to push Anthony out of the band. 

    Here are the tour dates:

    February 18 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

    February 20 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills

    February 22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

    February 24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center

    February 28 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

    March 1 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

    March 3 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

    March 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

    March 9 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center

    March 11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden

    March 15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

    March 17 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

    March 21 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place

    March 24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall

    March 28 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center

    March 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center

    April 1 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena

    April 10 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
    4/12 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum

    April 14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena

    April 16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Arena

    April 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

    April 21 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum

    April 25 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena

    April 27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

    May 1 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

    May 5 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

    May 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

    May 9 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

    May 11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place

    May 17 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre

    May 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

    May 22 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

    May 24 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

    May 27 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

    June 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center

    June 3 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

    June 5 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion

    June 12 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center

    June 14 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

    June 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center

    June 20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

    June 22 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

    June 24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

    June 26 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.