I saw the 2004 tour with Sammy too. Edward was a MESS (drunk as a skunk) that tour, and his playing showed it. A sober Eddie vs. a drunken Eddie is night and day. He’s sober and focused on this tour and you can tell from the videos his playing this time around is out-fucking-RAGEOUS.
I also saw them in '98 when Gary was singing and, though the singer wasn’t a “fit,” Ed was also sober on that tour and he was just unreal.
I can’t wait to see them this time around.
I went to their last tour with Sammy Hagar. I’m not a big fan of Sammy, but I figured it was the last time to watch Van Halen perform. The show I went to only sold about 5000 seats, and I think the rest of the tour was like that as well. I’m really happy to see DLR back on stage, and the venues are selling out every day. DLR is the ultimate front man.[/quote]