Legendary Van Halen Plays Tiny Club Gig In West Village

In Advance Of Highly-Anticipated Arena Tour, Hall Of Famers Stop At Cafe Wha?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — They’ll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including “Jump” and “Panama.”

The show was at the famed Cafe Wha? in New York’s West Village. David Lee Roth said that he was “more nervous about this gig than I ever would be in” Madison Square Garden.

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Joining him was Eddie Van Halen on guitar, brother Alex Van Halen on drums and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass.

The group will release “A Different Kind of Truth,” their first album with Roth as lead singer since the album “1984,” on Feb. 7. The tour also starts in February.

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One Comment

  1. Ritchie Blackmore says:

    David Lee Roth’s uncle founded and owned Cafe Wha. This wasn’t mentioned in the article. I don’t know if he’s still alive at this time.

    1. val says:

      From what I think I heard on Q104.3 this morning, unlce Manny is 92 and was there last night!

      Wow, to be at Cafe Wha? again for such a performance! I used to love the place back in the 80s when you didn’t need reservations and they didn’t have seatings and you could just come and hear some awesome music…

  2. PaPa Joe says:

    The Cafe Wha! What memories that brings back..Many years ago the Village was the place to be and I wanted to be there. I actually got to play my guitar and sing folksongs at the Wha. Anyone could, especially on open-mike night, not too much of a big deal in those days. You could even “pass the basket” afterwards and, if the people liked you it was possible to make $4.37 for the set. That was the early 60s.

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