Back in 1984, I discovered Van Halen as an impressionable 12 year old boy. It was through the video for "Hot For Teacher", and before I even saw it, I heard Alex Van Halen's insane rapid-fire drumming at the intro that made me realize I was in for a treat. I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY!! The video spoke to my 12 year-old psyche on every level; hot chicks, hot cars, being the coolest guy at school, and NOT being "sweet, sweet Waldo".
And the song! The song was everything rock and roll should be; bombastic drums, screaming vocals, electrifying guitar and risque lyrics! After that, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to be a rock star! (and I still do). I was upset when Roth left the group in '85, but like many others, I slowly warmed up to Sammy Hagar as Roth's replacement, and even got to see them in New Orleans on the OU812 tour back in '88 or '89. My lucky sister even got to hang out with them when the band, as well as Valerie Bertinelli wandered into the "Crazy Corner" bar on Bourbon Street and held another encore on the tiny stage! She was always somehow in the right place at the right time when it came to meeting famous people even to this day!
Anywhoo, while I accepted Hagar, I always missed the magic and high-energy madness that David Lee Roth brought to the band, so you can imagine my excitement when they announced a reunion tour! And now, today as I was checking my mail at Yahoo, you can imagine my glee as I see that the band has released their first new song with Roth in 18 years!!
So, I eagerly put the screen on full-size, pumped up the volume on my iMac, and prepared myself to recapture some of that "1984" magic! Only... to be... terribly... terribly... disappointed. While Dave and the rest of the band sounds great, the song itself is just not that good. It's too slow, the lyrics are weak, and the chorus is terrible. I mean c'mon; how many times can you say "Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo" anyway?
Perhaps my expectations were too high? Perhaps this is just how they've all matured and evolved as musicians? Either way, I'm sure I'll go see them when they come around, but guys? Do me a favor and stick to the classics.