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January 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm Quote #1089

ron
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Jan 10 2012 2:55 PM EST 1,555
Van Halen Return With New Single ‘Tattoo’
Band premieres first single with frontman David Lee Roth in nearly 16 years, and yes, it rocks.
By James Montgomery (@positivnegativ)

Van Halen didn’t play “Tattoo” — their first single with frontman David Lee Roth in something like 16 years — during last week’s free-wheeling, free-spirited (and free-booze-fueled) club show in New York City, and it’s sort of a shame. It would’ve fit in rather nicely alongside the massive Carter/Reagan-era smashes they did work into the set.

Don’t get me wrong, “Tattoo” isn’t on par with the likes of “Runnin’ With the Devil,” “Everybody Wants Some!!” or “Panama,” but it’s cast from the same mold: huge riffs, huger backbeat, hangar-sized chorus, soaring vocal harmonies (thought it’s certainly weird to see Eddie Van Halen’s son filling Michael Anthony’s role in that regard) and a killer guitar solo. Diamond Dave even gets to do one of his patented talking bits. But perhaps most importantly, in keeping with grand Van Halen tradition, it doesn’t try to be anything more than a Sterno-grade party starter. “Tattoo” isn’t really about politics or religion or really even feelings (except for maybe the part where Roth sings about his uncle being in the union). Instead, it is entirely about, well, tattoos. Of all shapes and sizes. Or, as Roth puts it, “Sexy dragon magic!”

And really, what else needs to be said? At the very least, “Tattoo” is miles better than the last two songs the band recorded with Roth, “Me Wise Magic” and “Can’t Get This Stuff No More,” from 1996′s Best Of Volume 1. And when compared to the other “new” song Van Halen premiered during Thursday’s Café Wha? set — “She’s the Woman,” which, truth be told, has actually existed in demo form since the ’70s — you can’t help but get excited for their comeback disc, A Different Kind of Truth, if only because they seem to have bucked the whole “reunited band makes new album” trend and decided not to mess with the old tried-and-true formula. Truth be told, fans don’t really want to hear the new stuff; they just want the hits. Or a close approximation thereof. And “Tattoo” is most definitely that.

There’s even an accompanying video, which premiered Tuesday (January 10). It’s little more than a black-and-white clip, reportedly shot during the band’s rehearsals at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip, and yet, it doesn’t have to be anything more. For fans not lucky enough to get inside Café Wha? last week, it’s probably enough just to see Van Halen up close and personal — not to mention actually happy — with Eddie still pulling solos from his guitar and Roth making approximations of his manic stage moves (sadly, no midair splits, but, I mean, come on). Given how low we’ve set the reunion bar in recent years, it’s no wonder “Tattoo” stands out the way it does. It is a solid, slightly pyrotechnic reminder of what made Van Halen so great, and why folks are (dare I say it?) optimistic about the new album. And who knows? Perhaps VH can even change our long-held belief that reunions can’t totally rock. And they’re doing it with nothing more than some “sexy dragon magic.” Keep it simple, indeed.


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January 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm Quote #1092

steecoe
(1953)

Maybe they got in trouble for leaking the sample & was not allowed to carry it….


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January 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm Quote #1095

ffoner
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Also did you guys notice how insanely expensive the prices of the 2 disc and 1 disc versions over at Amazon are?


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January 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm Quote #1096

ks34vh
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After a few listens, its growing, Im glad for anything new and cant be critical yet, and to see it on itunes with a booklet and bonus, Im stoked,


Laughing at the Days Garbage Through Loud Volume, This is “Laughing At Reality”..

VHT Member since 2001


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January 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm Quote #1097

Vince G.
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The other thing missing here is Michael’s vocals. There’s no question the song would sound less like solo Roth or Foreigner or whatever if MA was hitting those high harmonies and actually, Roth is the one who comes off the worst for it.

The optimistic side of me says that 1. Roth sounds decent. 2. Eddie’s playing better than he has in a decade. 3. Wolf is a good bass player, so the rest of the album should be good. If they reworked some of the great unreleased demo stuff like ‘put out the lights’, ‘big trouble,’ along with ‘bullethead’ and she’s the woman, the album could be a good, although not great VH record.

My brother sent me a text this morning saying the same thing. Mike is definitely missed.


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January 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm Quote #1109

Chris UK
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Disappointing…I wont be rushing out to buy the album the minute it gets released : (


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January 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm Quote #1131

mrmojohalen
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I keep humming the chorus in my head. Dave’s vocals are fine. It just sounds like the band ‘Dumbed Down’. I wonder if this began as a keyboard tune? :?:


When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?


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January 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm Quote #1150

JCKnife
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I’m not missing Michael a bit. Tattoo is a bit tame, and I wish something a bit wilder had been released, but it is certainly solid.

Actually my biggest gripe is the 3rd verse / union crap / not to the Occupy movement. But I’m not letting that get in the way.


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January 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm Quote #1176

sickman
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Chris UK:
Disappointing…I wont be rushing out to buy the album the minute it gets released : (

Wow, that is harsh, Don’t get me wrong I respect your opinion, I guess I find it amazing when a diehard fan finds it disappointing. To each his own. Hopefully there will be some other tracks on the album that you will like.


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January 11, 2012 at 8:20 am Quote #1211

ron
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I liked this “remixed” version: http://www.plan9studios.com/media/tattoo2.mp3
More info: http://tinyurl.com/7cm7mxu


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January 11, 2012 at 11:21 am Quote #1230

ffoner
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Thanks Ron.


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January 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm Quote #1237

frankm
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I thought about it and it is pretty consistent that the first Van Halen single is a weak track. I think every first single since 1984 has been one of my least favorite tracks so maybe the rest of the album will rock. I’ll have to wait and see.


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January 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm Quote #1294

mrmojohalen
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ron:
I liked this “remixed” version: http://www.plan9studios.com/media/tattoo2.mp3
More info: http://tinyurl.com/7cm7mxu

Thanks Ron, This actually sounds better. So who do we blame for the original mix? :mrgreen:

I’ve listened to this track some more & when I didn’t focus on any particular aspect of the song,

I heard it as a whole & it’s starting to make more sense to me now. :wink:


When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?


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January 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm Quote #1487

ron
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Why can’t you find Tattoo outside of iTunes in the USA???

The label screwed up. Interscope gave iTunes a one week exclusive and violated its agreement. The track should be back up on Spotify (and Amazon) in four days. Van Halen had nothing to do with pulling it down.


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