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“It’s like a time machine where nothing ever changes,” said original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth about halfway through their set in front of a mostly enthusiastic crowd at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night. There was a hint of iciness in his tone, perhaps leading one to believe the recent rumors (of the band hating each other) that spread following the announcement of many cancelled dates for the remainder of their summmer reunion tour.
New Alice in Chains singer-guitarist William DuVall (left) and founding guitarist Jerry Cantrell trade riffs at Alice in Chains’ sold-out Fillmore show on Friday. Photo by Mateo Leyba. When a band loses its lead singer, all too often, it either disbands or flails along, trying to reinvent itself or hold on to its glory years. Rare is the band like Van Halen that succeeds — though Van Halen did so by totally changing its sound, somewhat to its detriment. Alice in Chains, on the other [...]
[photopress:van_halen_1.jpg,full,pp_image] Seriously, dude, it’s frickin’ David Lee Roth. Seriously. Photo by Denver Post photographer John Leyba. The flashy brand of rock ‘n’ roll that put Van Halen into the public’s heart — and the history books — was all about putting on a show: Diamond David Lee Roth’s outrageous antics and guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s otherworldly ability on the fretboard. Given that kind of a history, the band’s reunion show Friday night at the Pepsi Center was an outright success.
[photopress:widowers02.jpg,full,pp_image] Widowers faced serious competition for the Friday concert-going crowd. Photos by Reverb contributor Doug Beam. One of our favorite new Denver bands, Widowers, rocked a half-full Hi-Dive on Friday night, competing with a packed slate of big-name shows around town (Van Halen, the Fray, Talib Kweli) and going on relatively late (post-midnight). It was only their second show featuring Kate Wingrove as their second singer. Check out Reverb contributor Doug Beam’s photo essay of the set.