by Adam Gold
It’s been two whole weeks since we announced Van Halen’s upcoming April 27 appearance at Bridgestone Arena. However, at that time no ticket sale information was available. Well, those days are over.
Tickets for this Springtime Panama getaway go on sale: Monday, Jan. 23, if you have an American Express card; Friday, Jan. 27, if you partake in venue and Facebook pre-sales; and Saturday, Jan. 28, if you are in the rest of the general public. Each sale starts at 10 a.m. That AMEX what-have-you offers up options of a couple different VIP Packages that include such amenities as front-row seats, a backstage tour, a “Van Halen Ultimate VIP commemorative laminate” and other stuff. So take note if you’re a superfan with a fat pocket. General tickets range in price from $27-$147. Peruse your options here, and here.
In belated but related news, Van Halen v4.0 unleashed its latest single, “Tattoo,” on the world last week, and as expected, it’s one of the most cartoonishly stupid rock songs in recent memory. Though I suppose that cartoonishly stupid is better than cartoonishly self-serious … not to mention better than this. Moreover, the video itself looks like a Musician’s Art Institute commercial from 1991* — dreamy black and white film stock and all. But don’t take my word for it, peep the clip up top, Jimmy, and decide for yourself.
IMHO, the band should have considered setting “Tattoo” to a shot-on-video, shot-for-shot remake of this worst/best example of low-budget music television:
*The one that featured this forgotten hair-metal gem.