Reviewed Aug. 27, 1993.
The summer concert season doesn’t seem complete unless it includes a performance from Van Halen, local boys who made good offering a straight-ahead, high-octane rock that, in concert, can often be heard two counties away.
But the only fireworks at the band’s Pacific Amphitheatre stop Friday, the first of a two-night run closing its world tour, came at set’s end when pyrotechnic projectiles were launched into the air.
The Red Rocker and crew’s trademarked aural barrage and bone-jarring bottom end accompanied almost perfunctory renditions of their top cuts, such as “Right Now,””Jump” and “Panama,” often duplicating the set list and between-song banter from the band’s summer 1991 stop at the same venue.
Although Van Halen wailed for more than two hours, it offered little new at an unusually slow pace. Perhaps the crowd’s sense of deja vu contributed to the mass exodus prior to the encore.
Vince Neil, the ex-Motley Crue frontman, delivered a fast-moving, albeit cliche-ridden, set of tunes from his Warner Bros. debut “Exposed.”
Neil’s new tunes were well received. But the crowd really came alive during performances of some of the Crue’s driving anthems, with “Same Old Situation” garnering the set’s biggest response.