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Prime Shots: Van Halen

Posted in Classic Rock, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on May 8, 2012

ISO 1600 | f/2.8 | 1/125 | 180mm Jacob Zinn
David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen get up close during “Unchained”, the opener to Van Halen’s sold-out performance at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday. The band is touring on their 2012 album, A Different Kind of Truth, their first album with Roth since 1984’s 1984.


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Van Halen Announce 2012 Tour Dates

Posted in Classic Rock, Music by Jacob Zinn on January 6, 2012

FEB
18
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center
FEB
20
Detroit, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills
FEB
22
Indianapolis, IN
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
FEB
24
Chicago, IL
United Center
FEB
28
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
MAR
01
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
MAR
03
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena
MAR
05
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
MAR
09
Buffalo, NY
First Niagara Center
MAR
11
Boston, MA
TD Garden
MAR
15
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
MAR
17
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
MAR
21
Ottawa, ON
Scotiabank Place
MAR
24
Atlantic City, NJ
Boardwalk Hall
MAR
28
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
MAR
30
Pittsburgh, PA
Consol Energy Center
APR
01
Rosemont, IL
Allstate Arena
APR
10
Fort Lauderdale, FL
BankAtlantic Center
APR
12
Tampa, FL
St. Pete Times Forum
APR
14
Orlando, FL
Amway Arena
APR
16
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Arena
APR
19
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena
APR
21
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum
APR
25
Charlotte, NC
Time Warner Cable Arena
APR
27
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
MAY
01
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center
MAY
05
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome
MAY
07
Vancouver, BC
Rogers Arena
MAY
09
Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome
MAY
11
Edmonton, AB
Rexall Place
MAY
17
Winnipeg, MB
MTS Centre
MAY
19
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
MAY
22
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
MAY
24
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
MAY
27
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena
JUN
01
Los Angeles, CA
Staples Center
JUN
03
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena
JUN
05
San Jose, CA
HP Pavilion
JUN
06
Anaheim, CA
Honda Center
JUN
14
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena
JUN
16
Phoenix, AZ
US Airways Center
JUN
20
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
JUN
22
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
JUN
24
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
JUN
26
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Arena

On Thursday, sometime during their one-hour performance at the 250-capacity Café Wha? in New York City, Van Halen released the dates of their upcoming, 45-show North American tour with Kool & the Gang as their supporting act.

The band will be hitting the road for the first time since their 2007-2008 reunion tour with lead singer David Lee Roth.

With the new single, “Tattoo”, coming out Tuesday and A Different Kind of Truth–the band’s first album with lead singer David Lee Roth since the diamond-certified 1984–due for Feb. 7, Van Halen has been heavily promoting their return to the U.S. and Canada. The band has been rehearsing at the Roxy nightclub in Hollywood for two months in preparation for a finger-tapping, double-kicking, high-pitched good time.

If their Café Wha? set list resembles the hits for this tour, fans are in for shows akin to their ’80s heyday:

  1. “You Really Got Me”
  2. “Runnin’ With the Devil”
  3. “Somebody Get Me a Doctor”
  4. “Everybody Wants Some”
  5. “She’s the Woman”
  6. “Dance the Night Away”
  7. “Panama”
  8. “Hot for Teacher”
  9. “Ice Cream Man”
  10. “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”
  11. “Jump”
  12. “Beautiful Girls”
  13. “Unchained”

The band is also sure to perform other classics that they played on the last tour like “And the Cradle Will Rock…”, “Little Guitars”, “Jamie’s Cryin'”, “Mean Street”, “Romeo Delight” and their cover of Roy Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman”.

With the current line-up having Roth on vocals, Eddie Van Halen on guitar, Alex Van Halen on drums and Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, the band leaves no room for longtime Roth replacement Sammy Hagar or original bassist Michael Anthony.

The tour starts in Louisville, KY and zig-zags between the midwest and northeast, then through the south and up to the pacific northwest, across the Canadian prairies and eventually to the southwest, rounding out in New Orleans, LA.

Tickets for some shows go on sale through Live Nation and Ticketmaster Jan. 14 while the first date goes on sale Jan. 16. VIP packages through VIP Nation go on sale Jan. 10. Onsales for other dates are to be announced.


Don’t get swindled by the Kindle

Posted in Books, Electronics, Opinion by Jacob Zinn on August 14, 2009

The Amazon Kindle sucks.

It’s ugly, it’s bland and it fits in your pocket about as well as a portable record player.

But Amazon must have thought there was a nerdy market for this because the first Kindle sold out within five and a half hours of its release.

Before Kindle, ebooks never caught on, but after 21 months on the market, the Kindle has. Kinda.

Obviously, it comes with features that you can’t get with books. It has a web browser, reads .PDFs, and for a price, you can group your book collection with your daily newspaper.

You can adjust text size, but you can’t change the typefaces and its monochrome display can only make reading tedious.

Not to mention the iPhone–on top of all its other features–has a free ebook reader. There’s an app for that.

But the obsession to have everything we read on a screen is absurd. If I have to plug in and charge an electronic device to read something better suited to paperback, there must be something wrong with me.

There’s no sentimental value on digital books. When you have a hard cover copy of a book, you can feel the material, the texture of the pages. If you meet the author, they can sign it. You can lend it, sell it, donate it and it can be reused over and over again.

Oh yeah, and with the recent withdrawl of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindle library, you can bet other content restrictions will be put in place. (Believe it or not, Mein Kampf is available on the Kindle.)

Amazon’s Kindle hasn’t changed how we read the way Apple’s iPod has changed how we listen to music. Digital music works; digital reading doesn’t.

At least, not on that poorly-contrasted screen…

Extra Reading Material: this webcomic by Penny Arcade. Not compatible with the Kindle.

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