Clash of the Titans: ‘Tokyo Dome Live in Concert’ vs. ‘Live: Right Here, Right Now’
Dave versus Sammy, Sammy versus Dave: It's the argument Van Halen fans never get tired of having, and we couldn't let the release of the band's new Tokyo Dome LP pass without a Clash of the Titans dedicated to determining whether David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar fronted the band's best live album.
Roth was the group's original singer, and for many fans, it was never really Van Halen without him, even as Hagar stepped in to lead the group through a string of chart-topping records during the '80s and '90s. But Sammy has the distinction of being the singer who was in the band for their first official concert recording, 1993's double-disc Live: Right Here, Right Now. Recorded over two nights during their tour in support of the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album, it leans heavily on material originally recorded during Hagar's tenure, with a handful of earlier cuts tossed in along with solo material and covers.
Right Here, Right Now peaked at No. 5 and came with a concert video, but it still left a hole in the catalog for Roth partisans who continued to hold out hope that Diamond Dave's era would receive equal time on a subsequent release. That dream has been fulfilled (sort of) with Tokyo Dome, which arrived March 31 and offers a complete show from Van Halen's 2012-13 tour in support of the Roth reunion record A Different Kind of Truth.
Tokyo Dome debuted at No. 20 on the chart, and Van Halen fans have had some time to let the new album sit side-by-side with its predecessor. So now we're asking you to make your choice between the two. Which live record rocks hardest? You can keep coming back and casting your ballot once an hour between now and April 19 at 11:59PM ET. Check out both albums below.
Listen to Van Halen's 'Tokyo Dome Live in Concert' (Disc 1)
Listen to Van Halen's 'Live: Right Here, Right Now' (Disc 1)
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