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Editor's Review: David Lee Roth Live in Anaheim, CA

By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Thursday, June 12, 2003 @ 2:01 PM

"Diamond Dave" Live at the Hou

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David Lee Roth and his band of renegade rock warrior stormed the stage of Anaheim’s House of Blues last night and proved once and for all that he is still one of rock n’ roll’s best entertainers. The Diamond One strutted and grinned his way through a set of Van Halen classics sprinkled with solo chestnuts backed by White Lion bassist Greg Lomenzo, drummer Ray Luzier and the twin guitar attack of Brian Young and Toshi Hiketa.

The enraptured audience was treated to Dave TV era hits like “Just Like Paradise,” "Goin' Crazy," “Just a Gigolo” and “Yankee Rose” alongside stadium rockers such as “Unchained,” “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Mean Streets,” “Panama,” and “Dance The Night Away.” He even busted out fan favorites such as “And The Cradle Will Rock” and “Somebody get Me A Doctor.” He also played the new single off his new album Diamond Dave, a cover of Steve Miller’s “Shoo Bop.”

The crowd was going apeshit over his every kick, thrust and leap and cheered him on through two encores that included “Ice Cream Man,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” and “Jump.” As always, Dave guzzled Jack Daniels, he cracked wise between songs, and there was a midget by the side of the stage, presiding over the whole affair.

Shine on you crazy Diamond…shine on…

Here’s Dave’s latest tour dates:

Fri 06/13/03 Stockton, CA San Joaquin County Fair
Sat 06/14/03 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint
Tue 06/17/03 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Thu 06/19/03 Kamloops, BC Sport Mart Place
Sat 06/21/03 Prince George, BC Prince George Multiplex
Sun 06/22/03 Edmonton, AB The Joint
Tue 06/24/03 Calgary, AB Outlaws
Fri 06/27/03 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
Sat 06/28/03 Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
Sat 07/05/03 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Sun 07/06/03 Sterling Heights, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Wed 07/09/03 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Fri 07/11/03 Lansing, MI Common Ground Festival
Sat 07/12/03 Fort Wayne, IN Three River Festival
Mon 07/14/03 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Wed 07/16/03 Saint Louis, MO The Pageant
Fri 07/18/03 Robinsonville, MS Sam's Town
Sat 07/19/03 Gulfport, MS Grand Casino Gulfport
Mon 07/21/03 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
Wed 07/23/03 Austin, TX Stubb's Barbeque
Thu 07/24/03 Grand Prairie, TX Next Stage At Grand Prairie
Sat 07/26/03 Winter Park, CO Hawgfest
Tue 07/29/03 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Wed 08/06/03 Sturgis, SD Legendary Buffalo Chip
Fri 08/08/03 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
Fri 08/22/03 Universal City, CA Universal Amphitheatre
Thu 08/28/03 Green Bay, WI Oneida Casino
Fri 08/29/03 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Sun 08/31/03 Detroit, MI Michigan State Fair
Wed 09/03/03 Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre
Fri 09/05/03 Cincinnati, OH Annie's
Sat 09/06/03 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion
Tue 09/09/03 Poughkeepsie, NY Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Wed 09/10/03 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Sat 09/13/03 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Mon 09/15/03 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Wed 09/17/03 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Fri 09/19/03 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
Sat 09/20/03 North Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
Mon 09/22/03 Tampa, FL Tampa Theatre
Fri 09/26/03 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
Sat 09/27/03 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

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(Photos by Frank Meyer/KNAC.COM)

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