The most important reason for me of course, being that Eddie Van Halen is the reason I play guitar. You never know, I might just fluke a passage of playing that captures some of the EVH magic, so I have to stick with it. I`m not disputing that time - damn, a quarter century!!! - has not been so kind on the clothes worn here, especially by Sammy Hagar, in his first tour after replacing the mighty David Lee Roth, but that`s a whole other debate and I`m not going to get involved with that now...suffice to say this live show was on the back of the first Van Hagar album, "5150", so the material here is that mixed with a couple of classic VH numbers and little of Sammy`s solo work, and a closing, rousing take on Led Zep`s "Rock `n` Roll".
There are three solo spots here, but I`ve never really been a drum or bass solo kinda guy (excepting Stu Hamm who injects a lot of humour into his), so although I`ve watched Alex and Mike`s solos here a few times over the years, I`m in no desperate hurry to watch them again. The Eddie one is worth watching though, obviously...again and again in fact, even for someone who`s just a fan of someone blowing smoke rings! This is Eddie at his best, shifting through "316" (which he later dedicated to current bassist Wolfie Van Halen), "Cathedral", and of course the greatest piece of music from the 20th century, "Eruption". For a long time EVH fan it`s just great to see him smiling and well-looking.
Something that I don`t think has been mentioned enough is the amazing take on the song "5150". It`s been my favourite Van Hagar song for a long time, Sammy at his best and Eddie delivering another brilliant riff, but it`s the break in the middle when everything slows right down, that is the highlight of this DVD. Worth buying for that alone, but you get a load of other fantastic songs from a band who were obviously having a great time, so definitely this should be owned by fans of both classic rock, and groundbreaking guitar work.