Okay, so you’ve surely heard by now that Van Halen will release their first ever live album to feature David Lee Roth. There was, of course, Live: Right Here, Right Now back in the 90s, and I wore that damn thing out on VHS and cassette. This new album, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, is only being released as audio, but here’s what’s super-cool about this one compared to Live: Right Here, Right Now: the band has gone for a warts-and-all approach with no vocal touch-ups, whereas Sammy Hagar revealed in his autobiography that the band very heavily re-recorded that first record. Kudos to the mighty VH for keeping it authentic.
PRESS RELEASE: Van Halen will release its first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It will be released as a double CD; and digitally on April 3, 2015.
Fans who pre-order Tokyo Dome Live In Concert digitally at iTunes before its April 3 release date will instantly receive downloads of Panama and Runnin’ With The Devil. The physical version of the live album can also be pre-ordered at JB-Hifi.
Go to http://van-halen.com/ for updates and more information.
Van Halen reinvented the sound of hard rock in 1978 with its influential and wildly successful eponymous debut album and then achieved even greater success six years later with 1984. Both albums would define a generation while selling more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. alone to earn diamond-certification from the RIAA. The band recently went back to the original analogue tapes and remastered both of these landmark albums – Van Halen and 1984 – which are now also set for release on April 3, 2015 through Warner Bros. Records.
Considered one of the greatest debut albums in rock history, Van Halen took the music world by storm in 1978 with an 11-song manifesto that features some of rock radio’s most played songs of all time and scorching concert staples like Runnin’ With The Devil, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love, Jamie’s Cryin’, the band’s signature cover of The Kinks’ You Really Got Me, and Eddie Van Halen’s finger-tapping tour de force, Eruption. Six years and five albums later, Van Halen had become one of the biggest bands in world around the release of 1984, which includes a number of the band’s most legendary songs such as the #1 hit, Jump, Panama, and Hot For Teacher.
Mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA, was enlisted for these new versions. In order to produce the original sound the band intended, Bellman cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD and for the digital version. Newly mastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning are also being cut for each format and will be available soon.
Tokyo Dome Live In Concert features an electrifying performance by singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Mixed by award-winning engineer and mixer Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Roxy Music, Nine Inch Nails, and many more), and mastered by Chris Bellman, the album features such classic anthems as Dance The Night Away, Beautiful Girls, And The Cradle Will Rock… Unchained, and Everybody Wants Some!! as well as blistering versions of Tattoo, She’s The Woman, and China Town from the group’s most recent studio album, A Different Kind of Truth.
A deluxe collection featuring Tokyo Dome Live In Concert and the newly remastered Van Halen and 1984 albums, as a four-CD set in special packaging, will also be available on April 17.
Tokyo Dome Live In Concert
Runnin’ With The Devil
She’s The Woman
I’m The One
Everybody Wants Some!!
Somebody Get Me A Doctor
Hear About It Later
(Oh) Pretty Woman
Me & You (Drum Solo)
You Really Got Me
Dance The Night Away
Cradle Will Rock
Hot For Teacher
Women In Love
Ice Cream Man
Eruption (Guitar Solo)
Ain’t Talkin’’Bout Love