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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Reporter | November 3, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth flashed his famous toothy grin, draped his arm around lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen and posed a question to the sellout crowd at Verizon Center. "Are you having a good time?" Roth asked with over-the-top enthusiasm about 25 minutes into Thursday night's concert. For fans who had waited 23 years to see Van Halen and Roth touring together, the response was nothing short of euphoria. They had been standing, cheering, singing along and playing air guitar since the moment the band hit the stage.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2012
Van Halen confirmed late Thursday night rumors they'd teased a few weeks ago: they're going on tour this year.  And yes, David Lee Roth is coming along. The tour, the band's first since 2008, will stop at the Verizon Center in DC March 28 .  Van Halen announced the tour near the end of last year , a sort of late Christmas present. But the news was short on details - not how long the tour would last, or where it would stop. They made the official announcement Thursday night at an intimate performance at New York City's Cafe Wha?
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 22, 1996
Most fans don't know this, but it was actually David Lee Roth who came up with the notion of using Van Halen as a band name. What was his thinking? "More syllables than 'Roth,' " went the practiced answer, which he invariably followed with guffaws.A good joke, sure, but if you want to hear the real reason the band has the name it does, forget the old stories and turn your attention to the new album, Van Halen's "Best Of Volume 1" (Warner Bros. 46332, arriving in stores today). All you have to do is hit "play," and as "Eruption" explodes from the speakers, the answer becomes obvious: It's called "Van Halen" because "Edward Van Halen" had too many syllables.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Reporter | November 3, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth flashed his famous toothy grin, draped his arm around lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen and posed a question to the sellout crowd at Verizon Center. "Are you having a good time?" Roth asked with over-the-top enthusiasm about 25 minutes into Thursday night's concert. For fans who had waited 23 years to see Van Halen and Roth touring together, the response was nothing short of euphoria. They had been standing, cheering, singing along and playing air guitar since the moment the band hit the stage.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | January 18, 1991
SERIOUS FUNThe Knack (Charisma 91607)Those who have argued that the musical legacy of the '70s is nothing to be ashamed of might want to reconsider their position after hearing "Serious Fun," the new album by the Knack. There may not be another "My Sharona" here, but from the peppy power chords of "Rocket O' Love" to the fevered stomp of "Doin' the Dog," it's obvious that when it comes to writing hooks, these guys still have the, er, ability. So why complain? Because hooks are all this album has going for it; otherwise, the performances are passionless and perfunctory, the songs as anonymous as TV jingles.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2012
Van Halen confirmed late Thursday night rumors they'd teased a few weeks ago: they're going on tour this year.  And yes, David Lee Roth is coming along. The tour, the band's first since 2008, will stop at the Verizon Center in DC March 28 .  Van Halen announced the tour near the end of last year , a sort of late Christmas present. But the news was short on details - not how long the tour would last, or where it would stop. They made the official announcement Thursday night at an intimate performance at New York City's Cafe Wha?
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | June 26, 1991
It must be hard for David Lee Roth to accept what has become of his career.Once the leader of the greatest post-Led Zeppelin rock 'n' roll band in the world -- Van Halen -- Roth has now been relegated to the musical B-team and is even being upstaged in the minor leagues by upstarts like Cinderella and Extreme, who opened his show last night at Merriweather Post Pavilion.Last night's effort from "Diamond Dave" was nothing short of pathetic.Roth gave his solo music and the hallowed classics of Van Halen such poor readings that it was easy to believe he would stop halfway through the show and say it was all a bad joke.
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By Jennifer Choi | May 15, 2008
Van Halen, known for its drama-filled history as much as for its musical successes, heads to the 1st Mariner Arena tonight. The Van Halen Tour is the group's first since 2004 and its first with original singer David Lee Roth since 1985. The current roster also includes Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen. Last year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the hard-rocking band, which has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. Van Halen performs at 7:30 p.m. The arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. $47.50-$123.
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August 23, 2007
Just announced Van Halen and David Lee Roth -- Verizon Center in Washington on Nov. 1. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com. Kathy Griffin -- Kennedy Center in Washington on Sept. 18. 202-467-4600. Bob Dylan and his Band and Elvis Costello -- Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 28. The Shins are there Oct. 22. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmas ter.com. Brand New, Thrice and mewithoutyou -- UMBC Fieldhouse on Dec. 2. 410-547-SEAT or tick etmaster.com. Atmosphere -- Rams Head Live on Sept.
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By Simmi Buttar and Simmi Buttar,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2004
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - So, what can fans at MCI Center expect to see tonight from the re-formed Van Halen? For one thing, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony showed more energy at Tuesday night's opener of a two-night stay at the New Jersey Meadowlands than it has in two decades. Probably because the band is getting along better than it has in a long time. The set list included most of the band's hits under Hagar and, surprisingly, many David Lee Roth-era hits that Hagar refused to sing in his first Van Halen stint.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 22, 1996
Most fans don't know this, but it was actually David Lee Roth who came up with the notion of using Van Halen as a band name. What was his thinking? "More syllables than 'Roth,' " went the practiced answer, which he invariably followed with guffaws.A good joke, sure, but if you want to hear the real reason the band has the name it does, forget the old stories and turn your attention to the new album, Van Halen's "Best Of Volume 1" (Warner Bros. 46332, arriving in stores today). All you have to do is hit "play," and as "Eruption" explodes from the speakers, the answer becomes obvious: It's called "Van Halen" because "Edward Van Halen" had too many syllables.
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | June 26, 1991
It must be hard for David Lee Roth to accept what has become of his career.Once the leader of the greatest post-Led Zeppelin rock 'n' roll band in the world -- Van Halen -- Roth has now been relegated to the musical B-team and is even being upstaged in the minor leagues by upstarts like Cinderella and Extreme, who opened his show last night at Merriweather Post Pavilion.Last night's effort from "Diamond Dave" was nothing short of pathetic.Roth gave his solo music and the hallowed classics of Van Halen such poor readings that it was easy to believe he would stop halfway through the show and say it was all a bad joke.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | January 18, 1991
SERIOUS FUNThe Knack (Charisma 91607)Those who have argued that the musical legacy of the '70s is nothing to be ashamed of might want to reconsider their position after hearing "Serious Fun," the new album by the Knack. There may not be another "My Sharona" here, but from the peppy power chords of "Rocket O' Love" to the fevered stomp of "Doin' the Dog," it's obvious that when it comes to writing hooks, these guys still have the, er, ability. So why complain? Because hooks are all this album has going for it; otherwise, the performances are passionless and perfunctory, the songs as anonymous as TV jingles.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
Van Halen is extending its national tour and will perform at 1st Mariner Arena this summer. The band's show has been set for July 15, promoter Live Nation announced Tuesday morning. The show is a huge coup for 1st Mariner, which had badly wanted the band to play the venue on the first leg of the tour but which, in a recurring pattern , lost out to the larger, newer Verizon Center in Washington. It appears the show will be the band's first in the city since 2008.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | August 1, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- The Tune In, Turn On, Burn Out tour -- featuring Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang of Four, Warrior Soul and Young Black Teenagers -- has been canceled five days before it was to play in Southern California.Sisters of Mercy spokeswoman Ellen Bello said the tour, which had six dates remaining, was canceled due to "lack of ticket sales."Cities also affected by the cancellation are Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver and Berkeley. Bello said five of the dates were canceled by promoters, and the remaining Berkeley date was canceled by the Sisters of Mercy.
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