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As most anyone who reads this site is aware, we are a radio station and website full of sports fans with a music problem. Virtually every member of our staff has this “hobby” list:

1. Sports

1a. Music/concerts

Everything else just follows…

So it is with a heavy heart and a silent guitar that I bring you the news that the Van Halen show originally scheduled for last night at the First Mariner Arena and then rescheduled for April 15th is OFF again!

It says they’ll be rescheduling dates, but only time will tell.

I missed the original Philly and D.C. shows in the fall. I was in San Diego for the Ravens-Chargers fiasco in November and skipped the concert after the game because my wife was sick with a cold and I was sick with Purple Frustration Fever. (My pal Rob went and is STILL bragging about it. My pal Kevin is STILL telling me how great they were in Philly during the beginning of the tour. And I missed it!)

The last time I saw David Lee Roth with the original band was in 1982 on the “Diver Down” tour at the Capital Centre. (I actually own a “non-licensed” version of that show in my DVD collection! It’s absolutely comical in how over-the-top and wildly offkey Roth was in this particular performance. There’s no WAY you wouldn’t laugh if you just watched 10 minutes of it. Call Drew and ask him. He’ll tell ya!)

The last time Roth came with Van Halen to the “then Baltimore Civic Center” was on the “Women and Children First” tour in 1980. I didn’t see that one either! Roth later played the Baltimore Arena as a solo act, with Kix as an opening band.

Of course, this is the second mishap of the century for trying to get Eddie Van Halen back into the 410.

If you factor in the now-infamous Peter Angelos “let’s book Van Halen with Sammy Hagar into Camden Yards and then cancel the contract” fiasco from three years ago (Jimmy Buffett was also canceled) and maybe Eddie Van Halen and Baltimore just aren’t meant to be.

I guess I’ll have to settle for all of my friends’ stories about how great the reunion shows were and watching vicariously on youtube.

Happy Trails, Van Halen…

(And incidentally, Buffett is playing Philadelphia’s baseball stadium, Citizens Bank Park, on June 14th. Rush is also playing in Camden, N.J. the same night!)

Maybe I should start writing concert announcements on WNST.net? (I did this for a living in a previous life at the Baltimore Sun from 1986 through 1992. Click here if you care to read more!)

EVERY time a show is announced, our texts light up with interest from everyone on the staff at WNST.

 

 

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