Long Live Van Halen! Last week, premier-Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth announced he’d open for KISS on their farewell tour – 52 dates. On Thursday, Roth himself opened a solo-residency at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas. The point is crystal clear: Van Halen’s classic music will never be forgotten. Buddy Blanch fronts Romeo Delight, the #1 Van Halen Tribute Band (they just sold-out Daryl’s House in New York).
The simple truth is Van Halen’s music will never die.
Romeo Delight, the only VH Band in the world widely acclaimed for presenting entire Van Halen albums in concert in original track sequence, Romeo Delight ─ “The Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band” ─ replicates the seismic studio recordings note-for-note live on stage!
Van Halen’s magnificent self-titled debut simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general ─ one of those rare debut albums that announced itself on fire from the onset, and ignited a revolution not unlike the debut albums by The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.
From Eddie Van Halen’s lightning fast finger-tapping lead guitar, to Michael Anthony’s swinging yet thunderous bass, Alex Van Halen’s quirky sense of drumming time and David Lee Roth’s creation of the hard rock lead singer role to near performance art standards, Van Halen arrived with an unmatched “Eruption” on that record, bringing indelible classics like “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” and a slamming rendition of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” along for the ride.None of this has been lost on Romeo Delight, an award-winning Van Halen show like no other;before thousands of fans throughout North America with its family-friendly traveling rock ‘n’ roll circus. Says Blanch, “Van Halen was totally original and the energy they possessed is something to always embrace and remember.”
There’s never been a better straight-up, good-time rock and roll band than the original Van Halen, whose best songs struck a perfect balance between the wink-nudge lyricism and flamboyant, hyper-masculine persona of front man David Lee Roth and the serious, groundbreaking musicianship of guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
Blanch meticulously rehearsed the band, the music and the persona: Like lighting in a bottle … you don’t know how you catch it, but you know you did. Maybe the personalities didn’t jell the way they should have, but the sum was greater than the parts. Each member totally delivered.”
There are tribute bands and then, there are tribute bands – once you see Romeo Delight live, you too will undoubtedly join the legions who’ve been convinced that there’s never been a better straight-up, good time Van Halen tribute band than Romeo Delight.