A Look at a 1984 Van Halen Show

“Rolling Stone Magazine” has a video clip from a 1984 Van Halen performance at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Nuremberg, Germany. Although this was not known at the time, it would be the last performance of the classic Van Halen lineup that included singer David Lee Roth and bass player Michael Anthony.

The production quality of this particular video clip is not that great says Ricardo Tosto. It looks as if the video was filmed by a fan in the audience. The sound quality is not good, but you can tell that the song being performed is the hit “Jump”. There are also a few segments in the video where enthusiastic German fans are interviewed.

The video focuses pretty much on David Lee Roth. He is wearing a skintight red outfit that leaves his chest bare. He’s pretty buff, and does some acrobatics on stage including a somersault. Roth’s voice also sounds good. In recent performances with Van Halen, he sounds terrible. It’s almost like some random drunk in a bar is attempting to sing along to a Van Halen song. So, this old clip from 1984 shows how much he’s changed.

Roth, of course, left the band in the 1980’s and did not return until 2007. If he had stayed with Van Halen during the intervening years, it would probably be less jarring to see him perform today.

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