This was an incredible evening at the Roxy.   How often do you get a free show of the PREMIERE Van Halen tribute band on the Sunset Strip…  broadcast LIVE on AXS.TV as part of their ongoing “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands”……on a Monday night at 8PM????

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That’s what took place last evening and it was fantastic.  I heard “Jump” outside during their sound check and it sounded incredible.   I was pumped.   After a trip to the Rainbow next door for a jalapeno and anchovy pizza (in the “Dio” booth nonetheless) and then, upon the venue doors opening, it was time to find our spot at The Roxy.

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For years, The Atomic Punks have been widely considered THE Van Halen tribute band…. and rightfully so.    Hosted by Katie Daryl, it lasted an hour and was a faithful recreation of a Van Halen show.

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The camera crew was in place and the crowd went nuts when The Atomic Punks tore through the early Van Halen material – mostly Van Halen 1, 2, 1984 and Fair Warning- and lots of it.   They brought the same energy and playing that went into a classic Van Halen show.   DAVID LEE ROTH-era Van Halen.  YES!!!  Even DLR says they’re the best VH tribute out there…

Brian Geller – Vocals
Lance Turner – Guitar
Joe Lester – Bass
Scott Patterson – Drums

The singer (“Brian Lee Roth”) had the DLR high kicks down, as well as all the mannerisms, screams, hollers, yells, etc.  

He even made mention being at the Forum in 8th grade with his OP shorts , Van Halen T-shirt and tube socks (circa the 80s), which was hilarious – that took me back – I had the same outfit back then. 

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What a fun, rocking event!   And a great crowd, too!  I felt like a kid again….

It’s a real trip to be home watching this on the DVR, when I was just there hours ago. I’m already on my second viewing.  Long live the music of Van Halen!!

SET LIST:

HOT FOR TEACHER

PANAMA

RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

I’M THE ONE

ERUPTION

YOU REALLY GOT ME

AIN’T TALKING ABOUT LOVE

FEEL YOUR LOVE TONIGHT

JUMP

DROP DEAD LEGS

UNCHAINED

BTW, I just changed cable systems so I can get AXS.TV (and my DVR is already full of concerts).   As a concert going fan, I can’t be without it.   I’d rather watch a concert on TV than almost anything else…

MORE PICS FROM THE SHOW (IT WAS HARD NOT TO SNAP A BUNCH FROM THE STAGE)- SOME CAME OUT PRETTY GOOD….

http://www.axs.tv/blogs/the-atomic-punks-on-the-worlds-greatest-tribute-bands-april-8th-on-axs-tv/

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