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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 20, 1998
Ask Alex Van Halen how it feels to be playing in Van Halen with new lead singer Gary Cherone, and he feels compelled to qualify his answer a bit."I guess it sounds rather self-serving to tell you that, no matter where we go, when we're done playing, there's not a single person who doesn't just say, 'Wow!' " he says, over the phone from his home in Los Angeles. "Other than that, if I said any more, I'd sound like a carnival barker, you know? 'Greatest show on earth! Check this out! Come see!
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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 Rafael Alvarez | October 18, 1991
Landover -- Right now.That's all that matters, Sammy Hagar told a crowd of 16,000 rock-and-roll fans at the Capital Centre last night.And right now, Van Halen is the most successful act on the rock circuit, pulling into Landover behind their third consecutive No. 1 album -- "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" -- and playing before yet another sellout crowd."
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March 29, 2012
Contributor Lexie Mountain is an epic Van Halen fan, and has an epic review of Wednesday night's show at the Verizon Center. I have to admit: I was hoping for VAN HALEN-CON 2012. Sort of like Burning Man, but with a greater possibility of being set on fire by an errant can of Aqua Net or hassled in the parking lot by some toughs in Thom McAns. You know, a real circus. I wanted to fear for my life. But I did not fear for my life. Whole families, with their kids wearing Styx t-shirts, had come to see Van Halen at the Verizon Center Wednesday night.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | August 25, 1995
There was a time when Van Halen was the most party-hearty band on the hard-rock circuit. As bassist Michael Anthony admits, it wasn't just what the band did after each show that earned it such a rowdy reputation. "Post-show, pre-show, during the show, whatever -- it was a non-stop, bashing party," he says, chuckling at the memory.Those days are gone, though. It isn't just that Anthony, like his band mates, is married and a father; times really have changed for the band."Well, you know, you can't go on forever doing that," he says, over the phone from a tour stop in New Jersey.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | July 19, 1993
Hard rock musicians talk all the time about how much they love their fans, but few ever make that affection as obvious as Van Halen did at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Saturday.It wasn't just the way singer Sammy Hagar went on about how great the crowd was, either, for the band's enthusiasm was audible in every note, from the set-opening "Mine All Mine" to the encore rendition of "Rockin' In the Free World."True, there weren't many surprises in the set list. Van Halen is currently touring behind its live album, "Right Here, Right Now," and as such turned in what was essentially a greatest-hits show.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 21, 1991
FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGEVan Halen (Warner Bros. 26594)Unless you're particularly predisposed to junior high school sex jokes, it's unlikely you'll find much of interest in the lyrics to Van Halen's new album, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." But if you're listening to this album for the words, you've already missed the point. After all, the strength of this group has always had less to do with what the frontman said than what the guys behind him played, and that's as true with Sammy Hagar as it ever was with David Lee Roth.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 28, 2007
Give credit (or blame?) to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: David Lee Roth is back with Van Halen and planning to tour. The mercurial Roth, who officially left Van Halen on April Fool's Day in 1985, will reunite with his old band for a tour that kicks off in North Carolina in early May, according to sources in the concert industry. Joining Roth will be guitar hero Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen. But bassist Michael Anthony reportedly will be replaced by Eddie Van Halen's teenage son Wolfgang.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 11, 1991
Van HalenWhen: Oct. 17, 8 p.m.Where: Capital CentreTickets: $22.50 (obstructed view only).Call: 796-7490 for information, 481-6000 for tickets When Edward Van Halen apologizes over the phone for being "a little crazed," it's not hard to forgive him. After all, it had been a pretty frantic morning in the Van Halen household.His band, Van Halen, was taking a brief break from its current tour, and so he was at home in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, and their son, Wolfgang.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | February 26, 1993
VAN HALEN LIVE:RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOWVan Halen (Warner Bros. 45198)In theory, live albums are the next best thing to being there, but in practice, they almost always end up sounding cleaner, clearer and more perfectly played than any real concert ever is. So if nothing else, at least applaud Van Halen for ensuring that its first concert recording, "Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now," includes all the proper ambience -- a noisy mix, a rowdy crowd and...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
Here's our round-up of the week's most notable concerts. For more shows, check out FindLocal . Ticket prices do not reflect any additional surcharges and taxes. On Monday, Rachel Yamagata (whom you may have heard sing on Jason Mraz and Conor Oberst songs) performs at Rams Head on Stage ( $23.50 ). On Tuesday, D.R.I. (aka Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) performs at Baltimore Soundstage ( $15 ). Pop-punk meets folk at the Recher Theatre when "The Revival Tour" stops at Towson.
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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 Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2011
Lauryn Hill is returning to the area for some redemption. After a disappointing performance at Rams Head Live at the start of the year, Hill will again try to win over regional crowds with a show at the Warner Theater in DC February 29. Hill, of course, does not have new material to promote. If the Rams Head show was any indication, she'll play a mix of hers and the Fugees' old hits. Tickets, starting at $55 for the upper balcony and set at a whopping $150 for the so-called golden circle, go on sale December 30. Baltimore's Weekends are going on tour early in the new year.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2011
The hook is simple: Five, all-male, musically inclined Lady Gaga fans convert the pop queen's four-on-the-floor anthems into glam rock and name it Rad Bromance. It's a flashy act, but strip away the glitter and lead singer Ryan Shtainhorn's skin-tight outfit, and what remains is a Philadelphia tribute band able to morph Gaga songs into a hybrid of flamboyant showmanship, pop-punk breakdowns and enough dance-thump to get a crowd moving. Rad Bromance's Monster Balls Tour stops by The Ottobar Saturday, marking the band's first all-ages show in Maryland.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun reporter | July 15, 2008
John Mayer isn't hurting for hits. But even the multiplatinum pop and blues singer/songwriter doesn't have enough singles to fill a whole show. Instead of digging through deep album cuts to round out his Sunday night concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, he strung together a pretty tight set of his own hits and put his stamp on some classic cover songs. The show, which clocked in at about an hour and 15 minutes, was brisk but worthwhile. A steady, heavy rain drenched outdoor concertgoers as Mayer plucked notes to the first tune, "Vultures."
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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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By Tony Hicks and Tony Hicks,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 4, 2002
Van Halen isn't necessarily the most relevant of topics here in the 21st century. After so many reunion false starts over the past five years with former front man David Lee Roth, only the diehards still keep alive the idea of anyone in VH, past or present, doing something that matters. But they were the ones celebrating when Roth and fellow VH exile Sammy Hagar announced recently that they're hauling their receding, yet still bleached-blond, hairlines on the road together. Left behind in the snickering or the excitement (depending on your point of view)
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | October 18, 1991
THERE USED to be a time when much fanfare preceded Van Halen's annual rite of passage into the Capital Centre.At least a pair of SRO shows. Big plans. The show of the year for many in the hard rock community. The place to see and be seen.And all the hullabaloo was never justified, as David Lee Roth ruined the party with his non-stop chatter and annoying ego trip.Last night, in their third tour with Sammy Hagar at the helm, Van Halen seemed to sneak quietly into town instead, albeit to a sold-out crowd.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | March 5, 2008
BE NICE. Don't lie." Those four words sum up Valerie Bertinelli's philosophy. She delivers them with a characteristic girlish grin and a broad shrug that conveys "What - doesn't that make sense?"
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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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