VAN HALEN Start 2015 Tour With Rare Cuts, Never-Before-Performed Songs

July 6, 2015

Van Halen kicked off their 2015 summer tour Sunday night (July 5) in Seattle and pulled out some rare tracks.

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They started the show with “Light Up The Sky” from its 1979 sophomore album, a track that hasn’t been played live in 35 years, and performed “Drop Dead Legs” and “Dirty Movies” live for the first time. Also included in the setlist was the rarely performed “In A Simple Rhyme” from 1980’s “Women And Children First”.

The setlist was as follows:

01. Light Up The Sky (last performed live in 1980)
02. Runnin’ With The Devil
03. Romeo Delight
04. Everybody Wants Some!!
05. Drop Dead Legs (live debut)
06. Feel Your Love Tonight (last performed live in 1998)
07. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
08. She’s The Woman
09. China Town
10. I’ll Wait
11. Drum Solo
12. Little Guitars
13. Dance The Night Away
14. Beautiful Girls
15. Women In Love
16. Hot For Teacher
17. In A Simple Rhyme / Growth (last performed live in 1978)
18. Dirty Movies (live debut)
19. Ice Cream Man
20. Unchained
21. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
22. Guitar Solo
23. You Really Got Me
24. Panama
25. Jump

Van Halen is touring in support of “Tokyo Dome: Live In Concert”, the band’s first live release with David Lee Roth on vocals.

Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen has said that his dad Eddie handed down some key tricks of the trade when playing live. “He definitely has some quirky lines he gives me that definitely help me out, like, in terms of playing music, ‘If you ever make a mistake, do it twice so the audience thinks you meant to do it.’ [Laughs].”

Eddie has been saying in recent interviews that the band is likely to record a new studio album after completing the trek, but he told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he’s never been one to to just churn out songs. “I’m not like a jingle writer who can just crank out the hits, so to speak,” he said. “I need to sit down and really almost get to a state of mind where things just come. That’s what kinda makes it exciting — it’s like, ‘Wow, I wonder what lurks in the plumbing today?’ [Laughs]”

Watch two fan recorded songs below:

 

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