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VAN HALEN KICKS OFF TOUR, UNVEILS FULL SET LIST
by JD Stone,posted Feb 21 2012 2:47PM
Van Halen kicked off its 2012 North American tour on Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky, treating fans to a 22-song set list that featured a handful of songs from the new A Different Kind Of Truth album, most of the hits and classic tracks one would want, and a few rare gems that have not been played live for decades.
Launching the show with "You Really Got Me" and "Runnin' With The Devil" -- just like they did on their 2007/2008 world tour -- Van Halen delivered the goods on a simple, streamlined stage with a massive video screen behind them that flashed footage of the band as well as other visual imagery.
Ultimate Classic Rock wrote that lead singer David Lee Roth, roaming the stage with a headset microphone, was in "strong voice throughout," while the Van Halens -- guitarist Eddie, bass player Wolfgang and drummer Alex -- performed "with precision and fire all night."
Four songs were featured from the new disc: "She's The Woman," "Tattoo," "China Town" and "The Trouble with Never."
A surprise treat for fans was the inclusion of two long-unperformed songs from 1979's Van Halen II, "Women In Love" and "Outta Love Again." On the other hand, tracks played on the 2007 tour like "Atomic Punk," "Jamie's Cryin'," "So This Is Love" and "And The Cradle Will Rock" were left off the list this time.
Van Halen plays Atlanta April 19th and Charlotte April 25th.
The opening night set list of Van Halen's tour was:
"You Really Got Me"
"Runnin' With The Devil"
"She's The Woman"
"Everybody Wants Some!!"
"Somebody Get Me A Doctor"
"The Trouble With Never"
"Dance The Night Away"
"Hot For Teacher"
"Women In Love"
"Outta Love Again"
"Ice Cream Man"
"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"