I to say other than remembering that for a while KWS was the new darling of guitar magazines in the 90s. I didn't know too much about the guy.
I have to say I was really impressed. He has a SRV kind of approach to blues and his band was excellent. In fact the drummer played with SRV. You know you are awesome when you choose to close with a Hendrix tune (Voodoo Chile) while opening for VH and people are loving it. He had great tone and it looked like he just pipes a small fender amp into the PA. Not 100% sure it was fender I am basing it on the silvery face.
Van Halen was quite good. Very little pause between songs. Eddie sounded great but I wish his 5153 rig sounded more like the classic moddend plexi sound found on their early albums. Played a greatest hit list with a few more obscure tracks that I wasn't familiar with. This surprised me as I had all their studio albums and listened to them many times front to back. Mind you it was a long time ago and revisiting Women and Children First there was the odd track I had completely forgotten about.
Can't say there was a song that I missed except maybe Mean Streets (he played the intro during his solo section).
Dave, dave, dave...... I'll be the first to admit that I have slagged him in the past for not sounding like the albums. But he is a great showman/front man. I'm not sure when his vocal miscues were intentional or by accident. In fact in one some Beautiful Girls he reapeated the first verse.
Alex sounded great. His drum kit had that woody jungle brown sound. He and Wolf did a great job on rhythm.
I enjoyed seeing Eddie play and it was the first time I had gotten that close (about 30 rows dead centre from the stage)
Anyways, good show!
Good to hear it wasn't the total train wreck expected.
Now I feel bad I missed them in London the middle of this week. I was a huge fan in my younger years and took at as an omen they were playing so close to me on my birthday. I elected to skip them based on the early youtube clips of this tour (mostly Dave) and ended up in Mexico on business anyway. Sounds like it would have been worth going.