Hairdos I saw at the Van Halen show | Photos
It's been some time since David Lee Roth's golden locks were replaced by a penchant for newsboy caps. Diamond Dave's shimmering bald spot was covered for most of Van Halen's set last night at the Allstate Arena, as DLR unfortunately played the momentum-killing clown more often than scissor-kicking ringmaster. Before "Ice Cream Man," Roth, who looked like he raided Liberace's closet, derailed the show with a video montage of his farm dogs chasing sheep and cattle around a pen. "I own three pickup trucks," he said proudly. "There is no other car." (How rural does he think Rosemont is?) Not coincidentally, Roth's agricultural tangent inspired someone in the crowd to light up—the one time all night I smelled pot.
Follically at least, it seems VH fans have taken after Eddie, who has apparently maintained his lustrous mane as well as his grinning guitar shred, which was out in full force. Since our staff photographer was refused photo access to the concert (check out the slideshow below provided by rock photographer Bobby Talamine), I took my own iPhone shots...of the best (worst?) Van Halen fan 'dos: the perfectly preserved '80s poodles, the mullets, the heavy-metal mom mops. I'm pretty sure one beer-swilling dude was wearing a wig.
This was an unexpectedly dangerous endeavor: One muscle-bound guy claiming to be a Chicago Police Officer (he flashed some sort of badge) said he would tenderize my flesh if I didn't delete the photo of his girlfriend's hair, a photo she gave me permission to take. Adding insult to the threat of injury, he called my bespectacled plus-one my "nerdy, four-eyed fucking friend." Additionally, at least two Sammy Hagar doppelgängers threatened to beat the Cabo Wabo out of me if I took their photos.
Speaking of Hagar: If you want to start a mini-riot amongst a bunch of drunk Van Halen fans, all you have to do is speak of the Red Rocker. That happened on the Pace bus from the Allstate Arena to the Blue Line when some guy near the rear door merely mentioned, "Hey, Sammy has his advantages." Several people objected quite passionately, if not eloquently.
I wanted to tell this Van Hagar desciple it was the wrong place, wrong time. I wanted to tell him he'd be in better company at the Chicago Theatre on May 12, when Hagar's "super group" Chickenfoot, which includes former VH bassist and Chicago native Michael Anthony, takes the stage. But then again, I really didn't want to get punched.