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Date: 10/23/07 02:25 AM

61 Responses to What Happened to Van Halen?

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    October 22, 2007 at 2:46 pm
    Link: What Happened to Van Halen? - I don`t remember them being this bad in the 80s.
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    Animeshunn Male 13-17
    17 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 2:30 am
    ... AHHHH... it burns!!!JESUS HELP ME AAHHH
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    the_windy Female 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 2:34 am
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    LBlues Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 2:35 am
    Failed Technicians

    And jump was never. EVER. good

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    Randy4861 Male 40-49
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    October 23, 2007 at 2:46 am
    Good call on blaming the tech`s. I would guess the monitors were not working at all, along with all the feedback. Granted these guys are old now, but no way they are that bad.
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    fodarexiii Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 2:49 am
    Uhhhh... he sounded like he was just yelling the lyrics. I hope this is just a bad video...
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    instagata0 Male 13-17
    44 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 2:55 am
    they had really crappy feedback which wrecked the song, but the main problem was that the lead guitar was out of tune.

    they are a great band and this vid was a one time mistake.

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    Berserk505 Male 18-29
    411 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 3:05 am
    They`re old and can`t jump like they use to.
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    sum41chck911 Female 13-17
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    October 23, 2007 at 4:04 am
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    PianoMan21 Male 18-29
    315 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 4:10 am
    Cocaine does a lot to you...
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    Tomolenko Male 13-17
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    October 23, 2007 at 4:13 am
    lol ^
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    R_U_Kidding Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 4:14 am
    Oh man. How disappointing would it have been to be in THAT audience??
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    Sean_confer Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 4:15 am
    You can tell He still has one hell of a singing voice. He might`ve just been worn out from singing other songs.

    But instagata0 Is right the main Guitar is Definitely out of tune.

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    catapilrgirl Female 30-39
    150 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 5:14 am
    wow i never would have admitted to myself how much i actually used to like van halen until i realized how sad/angry this vid made me. ah well...
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    littleoracle Female 30-39
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    October 23, 2007 at 5:39 am
    I think it`s just a bad recording. Eddie is a VERY talented musician and I doubt he would have gone on with a guitar out of tune.

    Dave, however, always was cheesy. Twirling baton? Giant phallic microphone? Geh.

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    Wyrenth Male 18-29
    251 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 6:03 am
    Guitar sounded like a horrible buzzing. It hurt to listen to that.
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    squinge69 Male 13-17
    59 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 6:16 am
    edited or bad video. all the other live van halen recordings are good.
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    mrtatulas Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 7:25 am
    Actually it was the pre-recorded keyboard track that was slightly sharp (higher tune than everything else) because it was being played back at a slightly higher speed than the one in which it was recorded. Had they had a live keyboard player this wouldn`t have happened, but I guess they have to save money?

    Eddie tried really hard to play in tune but it`s impossible, it was like a quarter-tone off, just enough for the human ear to discern but not enough to be able to simply play in a different key.

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    rodrigorenzo Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 7:55 am
    For what I say, Eddie was missing a lot of notes there... well, more rehersal and less booze should do the trick
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    brutalnz Male 30-39
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    October 23, 2007 at 7:57 am
    out of tune, get over it
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    Groogle Male 30-39
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    October 23, 2007 at 8:05 am
    You hear that buzzing sound in the background... it`s accidental and it shows. Something wrong with the equipement. They should have noticed it and stopped the show for a while.
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    mrtatulas Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 8:12 am
    The buzzing is Eddie`s guitar. It sounds off because it`s slightly out of tune, had the synth been in tune it would`ve sounded just fine. Do you seriously think his guitar tech would`ve given him an out-of-tune guitar? All the strings are in tune with each other, why would they be relatively in tune but slightly flat? It makes no sense. It`s easy for David Lee Roth to correct the pitch in relation to the synth but on a guitar this is impossible. If you listen carefully, the bass is slightly flas as well.
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    mrtatulas Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 8:16 am
    To illustrate, here`s a performance from 12 years ago... hear the "buzzing" at the beginning now?

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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    October 23, 2007 at 8:37 am
    Ok. The Keys are controlled by a sequencer. The sequencer was mistakenly started at the wrong pitch and that threw everything else off. Of course the vocals were able to be transcribed, but the guitar is limited to semi-tones. (Moving up a fret is to high.)

    What they should have done was stop playing, fix the keys and start over.

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    ConverseUK Male 18-29
    1271 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 8:47 am
    I`m not saying this is true for this video, but heres a tip for all your bandmembers...make sure everyone uses the same tuner. It saves the possibility of a tuner being a tiny bit off.

    To be honest, I dont think it was the backing track which threw everything off...I think it was just a really bad setup.

    The sound of the wah-pedal was crap too...and EVH destroyed his effects chain at one point by yanking at his lead.

    I reckon it could be something like a busted bridge, or a damaged truss...whatever it was, it got Eddie frustrated and it wrecked his playing ability.

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    itsallfake Male 30-39
    476 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 11:27 am
    FAKE!! Obviously not Van Halen. The audiance sound was added later...
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    KuzEyeSedSoe Male 13-17
    90 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 12:11 pm
    lol i never liked that song. it did suck in the 80s. fire the sound guy. he failed.
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    manorrd Male 30-39
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    October 23, 2007 at 1:41 pm
    Man, that sounded terrible.
    You could hear Eddie trying to tune his guitar up to that crappy synth track. What a nightmare.

    They should also stop jumping during the tune as well.

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    hefalump Male 18-29
    71 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 2:01 pm
    the problem is just that you dont REMEMBER vah halen being that bad. but really they always were. I think they are the most over rated band in the last 20 odd years. I was lmao while I watched this p.o.s. performance.
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    Mrjimmycm Male 18-29
    108 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 2:11 pm
    1) Van Halen NEVER sucked
    2) Jump is so not their best song anyway
    3) They are not only old, but out of shape
    4) Sammy Hagar would have been the better choice if they wanted to reunite the band!
    5) In all reality, the video wasn`t that bad... It`s what I would have expected if I were in the audiance!
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    Cyanic Male 13-17
    390 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 2:55 pm
    As a training guitar technician/sound engeneer, I would honest blame half of it on the sound techs who have totally drated up the feedback on the guitar, and the guitar technician, because they have the guitar out of tune, and the amp settings are out (since big guitarists are normally too lazy to do it for themselves).

    I cant see a problem with the voice except from what is a little drat up from the sound tech on a level.

    Drums/synth sound pretty decent to me.

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    llamaseacow Male 13-17
    572 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 4:27 pm
    OMFG!!! that sounds like your mum hahahaha (sorry lame joke)
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    NOFX14 Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 4:34 pm
    or just learn how to tune an instrument without being able to use a stupid tuner.
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    sgman77 Male 13-17
    42 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 4:39 pm
    holy crap! i was at that concert!!!!!! i noticed something was way out of tune too. noone cared though. that was at the united center at chicago and some guy 2 rows behind us was smoking pot... pretty f-ing awesome
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    sgman77 Male 13-17
    42 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 4:39 pm
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    -NeonCarrot- Male 13-17
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    October 23, 2007 at 5:23 pm
    Van Hallen sucks now as much as they did in the eighties.
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    minitimm Male 18-29
    82 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 5:35 pm
    Wait! I know the problem! They put Roth back in the band.
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    jetmark Male 30-39
    1024 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 6:03 pm
    The synth playback was at the wrong bit-rate, causing it to change key. So the synth is playing a different key than the guitars, causing that god-awful racket.
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    Serphyas Male 18-29
    16 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 6:26 pm
    It`s already been stated a few times, but, yeah, it`s either a faulty synthesizer or keyboard or sequencer or something, that made the "electronic" part of the song a tiny bit sharper than it should`ve been.

    The bad thing is, it reworked it to a weird pitch that couldn`t be matched by a guitar, not even one played by an experienced guitar player. Eddie couldn`t transpose the notes of the song.

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    samiam2281 Female 18-29
    105 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 6:31 pm
    that really hurt to listen to...
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    Thejuggalo Male 18-29
    18 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 6:49 pm
    maybe because van halen is kind of dead
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    Qhoss Male 13-17
    247 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 7:28 pm
    Van Halen did Eruption. And if you don`t like Eruption, than drat you.
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    BreakBeauty Female 13-17
    39 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 7:37 pm
    they arent that bad.
    horrible tuning, agree.
    and the keys were off, which threw everything else off.

    i feel bad. i`ve seen them before and they werent THAT horrible.

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    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
    1373 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 7:50 pm
    Terrible...simply terrible!
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    davidko0628 Male 30-39
    73 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 8:42 pm
    wow. i hope there was something wrong with their sound equipment.
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    shiggin Female 13-17
    1470 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 9:06 pm
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    Nezaru Male 18-29
    98 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 10:07 pm
    As a gigging guitarist, I can see what happened.
    It hurts, too.
    Every now and then, your hands get lazy,
    can you just can`t play good.
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    snottydyck Male 40-49
    695 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 10:30 pm
    the best part is all the dummies who paid money to see and hear this crap. go see Dweezil Zappa play his fathers music if you really want to be entertained.
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    PJF1313 Male 40-49
    69 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 11:19 pm
    Major sound problems and guitar was out of tune. Not bad playing. Dave sounded good I thought.Never a fan of that song or anything they did after that.First 4 albums are amazing. Great to see the real band back together.
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    thissitesuk Male 30-39
    40 posts
    October 23, 2007 at 11:38 pm
    This is your brain......this is your brain on drugs.....and this is van halen after 30 years on drugs. Van Hagar forever!!
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    chillywhack Male 40-49
    161 posts
    October 24, 2007 at 1:30 am
    I never could stand this song anyway
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    Spellwarrior Male 18-29
    45 posts
    October 24, 2007 at 1:31 am
    I`ll tell you what happened, Sammy Hagar came and f/u/c/k/e/d it all up.
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    Nytewulf Male 30-39
    513 posts
    October 24, 2007 at 2:27 am
    These guys have been in the business for years, there is no way they are this bad. If it`s not the tech guys, then the one who shot the video had to have remixed it to make them sound bad. Van Halen rocks and always will!
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2007 at 9:58 am
    Ouch! i agree, never liked jump.
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    ja_shep Male 18-29
    41 posts
    October 24, 2007 at 1:17 pm
    This exact concert was in my city! what happened was they played the synthesizer track to fast, and as you already saw, it f`ed it up.
    That`s what my friend said, and he went to it.
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    kenny_f Male 13-17
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    October 24, 2007 at 5:22 pm
    admit they suck. stop making excuses and just admit they are old as sh*t and cant play there instrements anymore
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    gothgirl69 Female 18-29
    423 posts
    October 24, 2007 at 9:30 pm
    absolutely terrible... i could only listen to the first few mins of it. i bet all the people that went wanted a refund.
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    Critic123 Female 18-29
    267 posts
    October 24, 2007 at 11:04 pm
    Haha, Berserk you are totally right and I can jusr imagine that.

    *one guy jumps, falls over,breaks hip*


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    Critic123 Female 18-29
    267 posts
    October 24, 2007 at 11:05 pm
    Sorry, *just.
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    Neagle Male 30-39
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    October 25, 2007 at 1:14 am
    Sometimes you just have to know when to stop and fix the problem. Grab an acoustic guitar while the techs fix your equipment.
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    Old_School Male 13-17
    55 posts
    October 25, 2007 at 9:43 pm
    It was tappped on a $hitty camera, thats why it sounds out of tune...

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