The party vibe was apparent as Van Halen played their last show for awhile at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on July 24. There was no opening act for the show, and the band came out unannounced, with Eddie kicking into the guitar intro on ‘Unchained.’ The set included all the classic tracks you would expect, and a few from the band’s 2012 album ‘A Different Kind Of Truth.’ Check out video from the show below.

“This is our last show for awhile here in the United States. I can’t think of a better place to do it. What a show tonight!” said Roth during “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love. He also took time out to thank all the crew members who worked on tour with Van Halen during 2012 and 2013, stating that many new crew members were recently hired.

Dave also commented on the smell in the air during ‘Everybody Wants Some,’ and he wasn’t talking about the manure from the nearby animal stables. “Paso Robles…..the land where the ancient Indians say the water flow…the magical waters flow. And if I’m not mistaken, somebody probably poured some of that water into a drip tank and grew that medical marijuana I smell about now.” He also said “he likes the way the line goes up on the back of your Paso Robles stockings.”

I have since heard from multiple people that didn’t attend the show saying they heard that David Lee Roth’s vocal timing and voice was bad and that the show wasn’t very good, but we all know Dave is a showman and has never been the master vocalist at any time while in the band. Everyone surrounding me had a great time and I heard none of that while at the show. The Van Halen party came to town on July 24, and it was truly was just that! Check it out for yourselves.

Van Halen California Mid-State Fair set list:
1. Unchained
2. Runnin’ With The Devil
3. She’s The Woman
4. Romeo Delight
5. Tattoo
6. Everybody Wants Some!!
7. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
8. China Town
9. Hear About It Later
10. Pretty Woman
11. Alex Van Halen drum solo
12. You Really Got Me
13. Dance The Night Away
14. I’ll Wait
15. Hot For Teacher
16. Beautiful Girls
17. Ice Cream Man
18. Panama
19. Eddie Van Halen guitar solo
20. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
21. Jump (encore)

More video coming, check my Marshall of Rock Youtube channel  – For photos from the California Mid-State Fair, check out my album on the Marshall of Rock Facebook page



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