The near 30 year debate, David Lee or Sammy, was definitely reignited at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on August 7th. Van Halen, the previously spandex-clad/long-haired legends of rock, were welcomed to the stage to a thunderous round of applause from the nearly sold-out crowd. As the band kicked into their hit song, “Runnin’ With the Devil”, Eddie Van Halen was ready to go to work.
Now of course when we say Eddie Van Halen, we mean the finger-tapping, tremolo-picking, guitar virtuoso, who Rolling Stone magazine has ranked as number 8 on the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. Eddie truly lived up to his name, delivering face-melting solos on almost every song. With brother, Alex Van Halen, on the drums, and son, Wolfgang Van Halen, on the bass, the night turned out to be a bit of a family affair.
Van Halen would go on to play a number of hits from the night, including “Dance the Night Away”, “Beautiful Girls”, and “You Really Got Me”. Each of the original members also had an opportunity to show off on their own. Alex delivered a massive 5-minute drum solo, Eddie did an absolutely fantastic rendition of ‘Eruption’, and David Lee played an old blues tune while telling the story of how his bike got stolen.
Overall, it was a very nostalgic night for the 15,00+ people in attendance. While some may debate whether David Lee or Sammy Hagar may have better fronted the band, as long as Eddie Van Halen is on guitar, the rock will live on!