Archive for March 13, 2007

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yesterday and it was the biggest letdown I’ve witnessed in a long time. What should have been a raucous celebration of the legendary band’s full career was more like a soft whimper.

I’m never big into award shows but the anticipation of seeing all of the primary members of Van Halen on the same stage really got me excited. Then Eddie and Alex pull out, then David Lee Roth, leaving only Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar to accept the band’s induction. I can understand Ed being in rehab but Alex Van Halen could have shown up but, then again, he doesn’t want to piss of Ed. Diamond Dave could have really made the event a spectacle, and shown some class, but he let his ego get the better of him again. I have always been a big DLR guy but the guy should have been there.

The introduction from Velvet Revolver seemed put together at the last minute as was their performance. I bet Mike and Sam were backstage laughing it up at just how bad Velvet Revolver was. And why did it have to be Velvet Revolver? Don’t forget, they have a new album coming. Honestly, some of the contestants on American Idol could have done ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’ and ‘Runaround’ better than Guns Temple Pilots.

I thought that Mike’s acceptance speech was from the heart and he showed major class by thanking everyone, even Gary Cherone, for their part in the VH legacy. Same goes for Sammy, he thanked everyone and wished EVH well in his recovery. I think it’s obvious that the problems in the Van Halen organization are not because of these guys.

I’m glad the band got in but I’m letdown that it all blew up again. If this is the last image of Van Halen that the world will get, then this is a sad end to a great career.

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I was in the car Saturday morning when I heard the news of Brad Delp’s passing on Friday afternoon. I had just heard ‘Hitch A Ride’ and the local DJ came on and said that they would be playing a lot of Boston in Brad’s memory. I just couldn’t believe it. I found myself sitting at a red light, not really thinking but definitely lost in a moment.

When you hear a song like ‘Hitch A Ride’ or ‘More Than A Feeling’, the song takes you to a place where you forget about everything and you just feel good. It’s a celebration of life. To have that celebration linked to a person’s passing is an odd sensation. I’ve never met Brad Delp, I never saw Boston in concert, but those albums have always had a special place in my music collection and in my life. My attachment to the music, and to the artists, is a passionate one. When something like this happens, one can’t help but have an emotional reaction. My reaction of disbelief caused me to hold up everyone when the light turned green. It was a quick instant but I had daydreamed to another place.

My 8 yr. old daughter was in the backseat and, after she told me we had a green light, she asked, “Dad, who died?”. All I said was, “Listen to this.” and I put on the debut Boston album from my MP3 player. Sometimes music can make people understand things they normally couldn’t. All I heard again from the back was, “Wow.”

Thank you Brad Delp for all the memories of the past and the ones to come. May you rest in peace…..