lynxwizard Posted March 12, 2012 Share Posted March 12, 2012 You know I am starting to get annoyed and offended at this assumption that if you like a hard rock band such as Van Halen or Led Zeppelin, then you shouldn't like funk or disco. And let's clear one thing up right now: Kool & the Gang was not disco. They are funk, R & B...not disco. They've been around since before the disco craze of the 70s. As for this insistence that Van Halen and Kool & the Gang is a strange match...someone likened it to Chaka Khan opening for Ozzy(in which case, I prefer Chaka to Ozzy Has-been)...I refer you to the fact that Van Halen used to cover Kool & the Gang songs back in their club days. Van Halen is a PARTY BAND...Kool & the Gang is a PARTY BAND! What's not to love? I'm looking at that setlist for Kool & the Gang and I am thinking that's a sweet set! If today's audiences can't get down with that, they're even more racist and lame than I thought. I give MAJOR props to Van Halen for picking a fun and interesting band to open the tour for them. It's better than picking some tired old dreary "classic rock" losers like Styx, Journey, Boston, Deep Purple, Chicago, Hootie and the Blowfish, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, ad nauseum. Or some fellow LA Sunset Strip veterans like Motley Crüe, Quiet Riot, Warrant, blah blah blah. None of the above bands, as presently consituted, are fit to share the same stage as Kool & the Gang, let alone Van Halen. I have a feeling many people seeing this Van Halen tour are going to be surprised how much they enjoy Kool's set. They can bring the funk and bring the party for sure! 'Losers Like Deep Purple?' Silly comment, I dont think they would open for Vah Halen, they have co-head lined before but not opened for anyone since 1971 I believe, anyone who has seen DP would not call them Losers, I did not know Vah-Halen were winners ? When Van-Halen first started they covered a few DP songs, go figure. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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